The Yankees made no important lineup or personnel modifications after they alarmingly had been swept in Boston over the weekend, however Aaron Boone didn’t mince phrases as his fourth-place group returned to The Bronx to face two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and the Angels.
Boone bluntly acknowledged a number of occasions that the Yankees’ “season is on the line” coming into the four-game set that started Monday towards the Halos at the Stadium.
“We’ve had too many ups and downs, we’re in too good of a division to have those ups and downs obviously continue,” Boone stated by way of Zoom earlier than the collection opener. “We can’t afford to play nice for 2 weeks and battle for every week. Not if we’re going to make up floor.
“We’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole in the division, obviously. The good news is we are still in complete control of the script. But I don’t think there’s any question moving forward that night in and night out, our season is on the line.”
Boone put the Yankees by means of infield apply and spring-training model PFP drills (pitchers’ fielding apply) forward of Monday’s batting apply, following a sloppy weekend at Fenway that was culminated by a 9-2 loss Sunday with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to finish the three-game sweep.
“We do it just about every homestand. We’ve done it probably the last three or four homestands. It’s something that we try to do,” Boone stated. “I really feel like once we consider sloppiness, you consider the defensive aspect understandably, or baserunning. But I really feel like a big portion of the season and I feel one among the issues that truly fueled our turnaround in the month of May once we actually began enjoying higher, we weren’t actually hitting … however one among the issues that fueled the turnaround with our pitching was our protection.
“We had tightened things up quite a bit. I still feel like that’s been better. We’ve had our one-off games here that kind of derailed that narrative a little bit, but overall I do feel like we’ve made a lot of strides defensively. And a lot’s been talked about the baserunning and the mistakes we’ve made on the bases, but I do feel like over the last few weeks that is getting a little bit better, but it needs to continue to improve.”
Boone famous that though the Yankees are “not a base-stealing or a fast team and by and large station-to-station” — starting the day final in MLB with 16 steals — baserunning “is an area we certainly need to clean up and need to continue to get better at.”
The Yankees entered this homestand with a 40-37 general file, 6 ½ video games behind Boston in the AL East. Boone stated the group continues to debate potential changes, however has remained affected person with the hope the group will rediscover the consistency that led to a 13-5 run in mid-May
“Win or lose [Monday], we have to come with that same mindset the next day and the next day. Hopefully we find that consistency that I know is in there,” Boone stated. “I feel there is a stage of persistence that all of us have due to the religion we now have in our group and one another.
“But also we’re a team that expects to be really good. We’re a team that expects to compete for a championship. We’re getting to the middle of the season. There’s a lot of calendar that’s gone off the clock already. I don’t think we’ll ever really be accused of not being patient enough. We’re trying to make solid evaluations, make honest evaluations, coupled with the patience that I think we’ve shown and the belief that we have in the guys in that room to do something special. I certainly believe that’s absolutely still in there.”