Aaron Boone did no wrong Sunday – Three thoughts about weekend set with Cleveland
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For the first time since 1980, the New York Yankees have won 15 of 16 games. They also find themselves right on the tails of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox as they get set to play a monstrous set in the Bronx starting Tuesday. Yes, I know. It is May. This series is still going to be a big one. Nevertheless, let’s recap the past before we head into the future, shall we?
- This team just will not die: It was a weekend that featured two walk-offs by two young players, as Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres each ended a game with one swing. Andujar looped a single into right on Friday, while Torres hit a three-run blast just to the right of Monument Park to end the festivities on Sunday (or start them, depending on who you rooted for). Combine this with Gary Sanchez’s home run on Wednesday in the 9th against Houston, and these young Yankees are as dangerous as ever late in games. They now have four wins this season when trailing entering the ninth inning after having five all of last season.
- No fault of Boone in the eighth – Aaron Boone cannot win with the Yankee social media critics. He makes the right move taking Domingo German out after six innings. He made the right move keeping Dellin Betances in for another inning. Over his last seven outings, Betances had gone six and a third, allowed one unearned run on four hits and struck out 13 with two walks. Yes, you throw the hot hand for another inning because sooner or later you will have to start testing his longevity. Boone did so knowing it was a close game and with Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve the only relievers available not named Chapman, this was the perfect time to do it.
- How long can this go? – The Yankees have not lost a series since April 10-12, a three-game set with, you guessed it, the Boston Red Sox. With the team riding this high, and Chris Sale not scheduled to pitch, you would be hard pressed to not pick the Yankees to win at least two with the top of the rotation due up. After that? Three at home with the A’s, two on the road in Washington, three in Kansas City and three in Texas. With how well they have played at home, it is tough to pick them to lose a series in the Bronx. Their next tough road series? Three in Toronto the first weekend of July. Yes, the Yankees could go two whole months without losing a series.
Up Next – Three in the Bronx with the hated team from Boston. Be on the lookout tomorrow for my nine-innings preview of that series. Follow me on Twitter @lilboon for Yankees analysis and updates throughout the season.