Yankees limp into offseason following tumultuous season
BOSTON, (AP) — Gerrit Col and the New York Yankees made a complicated route to the AL wild-card round. They managed to get in on the last day of a tumultuous year.
As their pitcher fell on the Fenway Park mound they could not advance to October, even if Bucky Dent made an appearance.
Cole lost in the third inning to the Boston Red Sox, after giving up two home runs to Xander Boerts (home run) and Kyle Schwarber (homerun). The Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs early with a 6-2 defeat.
“Guys were crushed,” Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees, said. “Tonight was a tough one to take.”
Dent’s famous home run at Fenway sent New York past Boston in the 1978 AL East tiebreaker, the only other one-game, winner-take-all matchup between the teams. To attend the event, the Yankees hoped that his presence could be enough to propel them to an AL Division Series against Tampa Bay.
It was just another footnote in an otherwise memorable season.
Cole was unable to score runs in the second half of his game against Boston. He allowed four hits and three runs, along with two walks. This was disappointing for a pitcher who received a $324million, nine-year contract from the Yankees in December 2019..
” “A few big mistakes,” Cole stated. “Sick to my stomach.”
Cole won 16 games during the regular season, but including Tuesday’s loss was 1-3 at Fenway Park this season. Yankees pitchers gave seven walks that night and scored four runs.
“This was the worst feeling in all of baseball,” the right-hander stated. “There’s nothing that really makes you feel any better.”
The Yankees now head into another intriguing offseason as they continue to try to piece together a roster capable of ending their 12-year World Series drought.
Tuesday’s conclusion was fitting for a New York team who was inconsistent throughout 2021,, winning 13 consecutive games in August, and then losing 11 their next 13 matches.
Along the way, they lost many key players. Aaron Hicks, center fielder, saw his season come to an end in May after sustaining a wrist injury. Three months later, the bullpen was hit when lefty Zack Britton injures his elbow and required Tommy John surgery.
There also were the unexpected absences of Aaron Judge, Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr., Wandy Peralta, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela after they tested positive for COVID-19 coming back from the All-Star break.
This was in addition to the occasional struggles of close Aroldis Chapman who occasionally had control problems.
” This was a difficult year. Boone stated that this was not an easy year. “I love the way we have competed and performed the last few months. The other message is that the league has closed the gap. We have to improve. We have to improve in all aspects The Yankees were still a threat due to their offense. They did their best to make their lineup more appealing at the deadline by adding Anthony Rizzo as first baseman and Joey Gallo as outfielders.
But defensive problems by catcher Gary Sanchez, and Gleyber Turres — who moved from shortstop into second late in the season — proved costly.
The same thing happened at the bases. Yankees runners made 22 runs at home plate this season. This tied for the most major league outs. This futility was displayed in Tuesday’s sixth inning when, trailing 3-1 at the time, Giancarlo Stouton hit a home run off the Green Monster. Judge was then thrown out at plate by Boston, who executed a brilliant relay. The defeat created a huge offseason for a team that must also work out a new contract for Boone, who will be retiring after the World Series.
The Yankees are 328-218 in Boone’s four seasons and have made the playoffs each year. They have made only one appearance in this ALCS since Boone’s tenure.
It doesn’t seem like Boone will be leaving for the moment.
Yankees’ owner Hal Steinbrenner stated in July that he intends to keep Boone and Brian Cashman, the general manager, as well as the core team.
” “Obviously, my contract has ended,” Boone stated. “I haven’t had any conversations about that with anyone. We’ll see. I love being here. This group is a great place to work. I love going to work with this group of players.”
Stanton said he likes playing for Boone.
” “It’s been great,” said the slugger. “We’ve been here for the same time so we’ve seen each other grow in that uniform.”
Boone believes there is still potential for this team. New York reached the postseason five years in a row, but the Yankees lost the ALCS to send them out of the Division Series in 2012. The Yankees also lost the ALCS the next year, and were eliminated from the Division Series in 2013.
” You feel like there’s more to us to have,” Boone stated. “But I’m proud of the fact that we put ourselves in a position to give ourselves a chance and to have this awful feeling because we were playing for something meaningful.”
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