Aaron Boone is willing to trade his pinstripe for shorts and a spatula for at least a few days.
With the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star break on Monday, Boone, the Yankees’ manager, is planning on getting some rest and relaxation. Boone will be watching the Home Run Derby on Monday and the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, but he’s also making the most of his short vacation.
With the Yankees (64-28) holding the league’s best record in an unofficial midseason, the skipper deserved some downtime.
When asked on Sunday to describe how the Yankees have played so far, Boone said, “Well.”
He added: “But we are well aware of how much we still have to go. All we’ve done is put ourselves in the perfect position to do something special.”
Boone, of course, was referring to winning the World Series, something the Yankees haven’t done since 2009. However, what they have already achieved this season makes them the favorites.
The Yankees’ total win count is the highest in franchise history before the All-Star break, with their 28 comeback wins leading the majors. They are 36 games above .500 and are number one in the American League East, 13 games ahead of Tampa Bay. Six of their players are outfielder and MVP candidate Aaron Judge; outfielder Giancarlo Stanton; starter Gerrit Cole; catcher José Trevino; starter Nestor Cortes; and closer Clay Holmes is the All-Stars and they had a chance to have more of them.
“I mean, we’re the best team in baseball,” said pitcher Michael King, who didn’t get an All-Star invitation despite a 2.19 ERA. “We’ve got the best record in baseball and I think we’re completely confident.” “I know we’re a little quiet here but we always talk about how we don’t want to be hot in July. We’d rather it be hot in October. We’re just saving the best for the playoffs and getting into a little trouble.” is always good.
The “lull” mentioned by King is relative. The Yankees have lost eight of their last 16 games and five of eight before the All-Star break. As the break approached, New York lacked clarity at times, a reminder of how fickle the club had been last year. “The timing of the All-Star break is usually a good one,” Boon said.
But overall, the 2022 Yankees played baseball in a much cleaner, more consistent, and well-rounded way than the 2021 version. Despite a slight slump, they ended the first half with consecutive landslide wins and a winning streak over the Red Sox, scoring 27 points from Saturday to Sunday. After beating the Red Sox, 13-2on Sunday at New York’s Yankee Stadium 30-15 against the AL East, a division in which each team has a winning percentage of at least .500.
“We had a good team game yesterday and we kept that momentum today,” Cole said after allowing two tries in seven innings and scoring 12 on Sunday. “It’s pretty cool, but we have big goals and we have a lot more baseball to play. So we’re trying to keep that in perspective.”
The Yankees will regroup and resume regular season play Thursday in Houston. The Astros are the second best team in the AL with a score of 59-32., have remained a thorn in New York’s side, having won three of five games between the teams this year. Rivals will start the second half with an unusual doubleheader before dispersing, a lockout-fuelled scheduling quirk that delayed the 2022 campaign and postponed games.
“It’s been exhausting, especially with the slow start to the season, skipping a week and adding these games,” Boon said of another strange campaign. “It just added another level to that 162-game season. I feel that we are well oriented. But we have a long way to go, and we look forward to returning after what will hopefully be a getaway for some of the guys.”
While the next few days will be peaceful for the non-LA-bound Yankees, the coming weeks should be busy. The MLB trade deadline is August. 2 and the Yankees appear to be buyers as they look to bolster a roster that still has some holes despite the team’s impeccable track record.
The Yankees have been linked with several outfielders and may trade one of their own, struggling Joey Gallo, who is a homer on Sunday. General manager Brian Cashman could also be a buyer in the pitching market. The Yankees have one of the best rotations in the game, but Cortez threw in a career-high 95 ⅔ innings in the majors. and right-hander Luis Severino was listed as injured last week, a common occurrence throughout his career. Meanwhile, Jameson Talon had a tough time before holding Boston to one in six innings on Saturday.
However, Boone is confident in his pitching, citing it as one of the “drivers” of his team’s dominance. The Yankees’ pitchers come into the break with a 3.08 ERA, their lowest since 1976.
Regarding the trade deadline, Boone added, “You never know what’s going to happen.”
Whether the Yankees will make a splash or stand still remains to be seen. The 1998 Yankees — a team often compared to the current team — failed to get Randy Johnson before the trade deadline. They still won 114 regular season games and the World Series.
Updates are always welcome and perhaps expected when a team is in serious competition. But Boone also likes the guys he has right now.
“This team’s confidence is that we can win any way we can,” he said when asked what was so special about the Yankees’ first half. “It’s really something that stands out and it starts with the commitment that the guys have made since the first day of spring training or they are really dedicated and obsessed with the details and the little things in the game that showed up for us in different ways. time throughout the game. year. And I think that has led to the belief that we can win any game by doing it in different ways.”