The New York Yankees‘ margin for error is getting smaller.
Two losses now separate the Yankees from the end of their season and another year without a championship. And it is another year where there will be questions as to whether or not Aaron Boone should remain on the bench.
Aaron Boone not doing himself any favors with New York Yankees postseason run
It is easy to second guess his decisions in Game One of the ALCS. Clarke Schmidt should not have been back out for the sixth inning. Frankie Montas in the seventh seemed to be a matter of surrender. Then there is the decision to use Matt Carpenter as a pinch hitter to end Game Two as he is now 0-7 with seven strikeouts in the postseason. As Carpenter also started Game One against Justin Verlander following a total of two plate appearances after spending two months on the Injured List, his usage can be considered questionable as well.
Playing these games close is a moral victory, but that does not mean a 28th banner. The fact that these games have been close puts more of a spotlight on Boone’s decisions in this series and makes those questions get even louder.
Each loss and each odd decision will lead to the question that Yankees fans have been asking for years – can this team win with Boone on the bench? While he has been able to bring them to the postseason, that is no longer good enough.
This year may not be his fault. The Yankees are a deeply flawed team while the Astros are firing on all cylinders. Even if he made all the right moves, it may not be enough to win the series. But that does not matter; what matters is whether or not the first championship flag will be raised since 2009.
That may decide Boone’s fate. While general manager Brian Cashman gave his manager a vote of confidence during the regular season, it no longer matters. What does matter is finding a way to win four of the next five games. Unless that happens, his hold on the managerial position will become even more tenuous and could result in his being let go.
There are no more excuses for the New York Yankees. Another season without a championship could be the end for Aaron Boone.