Aaron Boone Says Clay Holmes Was Only Available For Emergency At the Loss of Guardians: One defeat would send the New York Yankees packing for the offseason. The Yankees suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Cleveland Guardians in Game 3 of the ALDS on Saturday night after losing a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning.
Oscar Gonzalez, a champion in the Wild Card Series, hit the go-ahead two-run single. In the best-of-five series, Cleveland is ahead 2-1. Sunday night is game four. After setup guys Lou Trivino, Jonathan Loisiga, and Wandy Peralta pitched earlier in the game, Clarke Schmidt gave up the walk-off hit.
After pitching in Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, closer Clay Holmes did not take the mound in Game 3. Due to a shoulder injury, Holmes was sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, they didn’t want to employ Holmes back-to-back days so soon after the injury.
“I mean, part of the reason he was available for this series was that he wasn’t truly back-to-back yet. Just no life or anything had been hurled by him. So even though he was doing really well today and I fully anticipate having him available tomorrow, it just felt like we should avoid that area “After Game 3, Boone remarked. “… The only reason Holmes was available was because it was an emergency scenario.”
According to Boone, an emergency situation is when all other pitchers have been used and extra innings have been played. It seems illogical to try to finish a playoff game with the winning and tying runs on base, but the bigger problem is that Holmes indicated he was eligible to start Game 3 and was surprised not to hear his name called.
He was not informed that the Yankees were attempting to avoid him. “I got ready for work today. These choices aren’t always mine. I believe I am open to pitching. I’m prepared to run out there and give it my best whenever my name is called “Holmes spoke to MLB.com following Game 3. “I told them I was ready to leave if needed when they asked,”
Every player will declare his availability for the postseason, therefore it is the manager’s and the coach’s responsibility to keep the player from hurting himself. However, Boone acknowledged that Holmes was only accessible in an emergency, and it would appear that the ninth inning of Game 3 did not qualify as an emergency. Holmes’ absence from the lineup stunned other players in the clubhouse.
“He is closer to us. Naturally, I was shocked “Luis Severino, who started Game 3, spoke to MLB.com. “I’m unsure if he was unconscious. In the playoffs, there shouldn’t be anyone who is down. To find out what happened there, you guys need to ask Boone or [pitching coach Matt] Blake about it.“
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The fact that Holmes and Severino publicly questioned the manager’s and coaching staff’s choices after Game 3 is noteworthy because it takes a lot — A LOT — for players to do so. It’s one thing for a reliever to lose a game due to being hit around. One thing is losing a game and then hearing from the players that they don’t understand why the manager made the decisions he did. A terrible appearance for Boone.
In Game 4, with their season on the line, the Yankees will send the ball to Gerrit Cole, and Boone confirmed Holmes will be available. That’s critical because not only is it a win-or-go-home scenario.
But also because other players, like Loáisiga and Peralta, might not be available after working extended outings the previous two days. And if they are accessible, will they be in any way compromised? The bullpen in New York is not in great shape.
The New York Yankees were 167-0 in postseason history when leading by multiple runs entering the ninth inning- until tonight.
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Beyond Game 4 (and the remainder of the postseason should the Yankees stay alive), there are issues with the clubhouse’s condition and the players’ confidence in Boone that need to be resolved.
Alarms for the front office should go out when players publicly question the manager. There must be more going on behind the scenes for the players to be pushed to that degree. Although the Yankees’ loss in Game 3 was disappointing, what happened later may have been much worse for them overall.