It wouldn’t be the dog days of August if New York Yankees fans weren’t frustrated with manager Aaron Boone in some way, shape, or form.
The Yanks lost again last night at the hands of their rival, the Boston Red Sox. The defeat ensured New York fell to 2-8 in their last 10 games. Considering their fast start, it’s surprising to see the Yankees go through such a cold streak, but such is the case in a 162-game season.
A defeat at the hands of Boston is unfortunately nothing new to baseball fans in New York. A blown save by Clay Holmes, however, made it all the more painful.
The previously-surehanded Holmes has blown three saves in 11 appearances as closer, leading to serious questions as to whether he can replace Aroldis Chapman long-term.
Yankees fans upset with Aaron Boone
Another poor performance by Holmes led many to wonder why he was put in that situation in the first place by Boone.
Now, New York will not miss the playoffs — that would require a collapse of epic proportions, and some help from outside forces.
But it’s fair to question Boone’s decision-making when it’s clear that Holmes just doesn’t have it right now. Perhaps a few opportunities in lower-leverage situations would do him some good to regain his previous form.
Holmes even admitted something is off right now after the game:
“I think it’s just a matter of getting back to what made me good, what I was doing then,” Holmes said. “I was being aggressive in the zone early. When I get ahead of hitters, they have to swing the bat and make different decisions. I don’t feel like I’m far off, but again, those walks hurt me. This can’t happen.”
Damn right it can’t. The Yanks are still confidently in the No. 2 spot in the American League, which in this new playoff format means missing out on the Wild Card round.
But putting their fans through a panic attack every night shouldn’t be the goal, especially given how the season started.