Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees are 31-15, the second-best record in baseball. Want to know what's a complete bummer about that? That it is also the second-best record in the American League East. Yes, if the playoffs began today, the Yankees would be hosting the wild card game. This isn't about the way MLB sets their playoff brackets. It is about how critical each and every game is going to be for the Yankees this season as they battle the Red Sox for the division crown.
When the Yankees lose, it is of course first about the players. They have bad games -- starters pitch ineffectively, the offense might fail to hit with runners in scoring position or the bullpen might squander a lead. The game is certainly in the hands of the players. However, the manager has influence over these games. If they didn't, teams wouldn't employ them, or the coaches standing by their side. Managers undoubtedly do not get enough credit for wins, and get lambasted more often for losses. It comes with the territory. Win or lose, in Yankees manager Aaron Boone's circumstance, he deserves to take some criticism for his actions while managing the bullpen this season.
The Yankees now sit 46 games into the season and it is time Boone takes full responsibility for his decisions. If Larry Rothschild isn't helping, then get rid of him. Otherwise, the calls are Boone's.