Lyou New York Yankees closed for 12th straight year a frustrating season and its pilot Aaron Boone made a pretty obvious admission.
“The others closed the gap. We have to improve. We have to improve in all aspects “, Boone confessed. “It’s not just the Red Sox and Astros who get in our way. Look at our division. The Rays are formidable, Toronto … There are teams in Central that are improving every day, teams in the West that are also improving. “
The Yankees were left out of the playoffs by lose Tuesday 6-2 to their longtime rival, the Boston Red Sox, in a game for a wild card slot.
New York was a fissured team, heavily reliant on right-handed pitchers and streaks, even more than in 2020. At a certain point, he chained 13 wins in a row and also had streaks of four, five, six and seven consecutive victories. However, he suffered seven defeats in a row on one occasion., five in another and four times he lost four games in a row,
Despite the addition of Rougned Odor, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo in the middle of the season, left-handed hitters had the worst average in the league, .207, they were 26th in home runs (53) and 28th in RBIs, with 148. Righties batted .249, with 169 homers and 518 RBIs.
“We didn’t do things right”said Aaron Judge, one of the few Yankees who delivered what was expected of them, along with Giancarlo Stanton. “I can’t believe it’s all over. It’s not what we wanted, what we imagined.”
Ace Gerrit Cole faded down the stretch, especially after suffering a hamstring injury, and did not survive the third inning in the playoff game.
A winning story and a $ 203.5 million payroll, lower only than the Dodgers, they make championships demanded of the Yankees.