Error-prone Yankees admit the costly effect of mistakes

Gleyber Torres's costly mistake resulted in the Yankees losing 7-4 to the Cubs on July 09, 2023, in New York.

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NEW YORK – The Yankees have faced numerous challenges invited by their costly mistakes at all levels, and their latest game was another illustration of that. Following a 7-4 loss to the Cubs, signaling the end of the first half of the season, Gleyber Torres summed up his team’s performance with a succinct assessment, “Not good.”

As the first half of the season came to a close, the Yankees limped into the break with a 49-42 record, placing them in fourth position in the highly competitive American League East. They found themselves eight games behind the division-leading Rays.

Gleyber Torres himself lead the MLB’s second basemen with eight errors this season. His latest error came in the seventh inning. He mishandled a ground ball, leading to the opportunity for three runs to score against the Yankees.

Torres acknowledged that the Yankees failed to perform at their best throughout the first half of the season. According to him, the bullpen deserves credit for their exceptional work, consistently delivering strong performances. However, the Yankeesplayer pointed out that the team had made too many mistakes on the offensive side and failed to generate the desired results. He emphasized the need for the team to find solutions and improve their overall performance.

Torres concedes his mistake was the turning point

Torres acknowledged that he attempted to react quicker than usual on the ball, resulting in a bases-loaded situation. Reflecting on the error, he expressed that it ultimately had a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Boone acknowledged that Torres made a mistake by kicking the ball, accepting that errors are a natural part of the game. He expressed disappointment that the error had a negative impact on the team’s performance in the game.

Tucker Barnhart delivered a double that brought home a run off Nick Ramirez in the ninth inning, compounding the frustration of a difficult loss for the Yankees to accept.

Yankees’ lusckluster performance

Although maintaining a winning record is favorable, the Yankees’ performance has been lackluster since Aaron Judge’s collision at Dodger Stadium. They have posted a record of 14-17 since that incident, resulting in the lowest batting average (.218), lowest on-base percentage (.288), and the third-fewest runs (117) among all teams in Major League Baseball during that timeframe.

Following their underwhelming performance, hitting coach Dillon Lawson was let go from his position after the team’s loss on Sunday. As of now, no replacement has been announced for the vacant role.

Manager Aaron Boone acknowledged that the team still has work to do in order to reach their desired level of performance. He recognized the players’ strong determination and competitive spirit, which has been evident since the start of the season. Despite facing adversity and dealing with multiple injuries, the team has shown resilience and individuals have stepped up to contribute.

The manager expressed his optimism and belief that the team has a fresh start in the second half of the season. He emphasized that they have the power to determine their destiny and make a significant impact. Despite not meeting their expectations in the first half, they have the opportunity to accomplish something remarkable and achieve their objectives.

Boone admits mistake

Examining the events of Sunday’s game, Boone recognized that his choice to remove pitcher Domingo Germán from the mound after only 74 pitches was a decision that could be subject to scrutiny and understandable questioning.

German had been performing exceptionally well, allowing just one hit in six innings, which came in the form of Seiya Suzuki’s home run to left field in the fifth inning. However, despite his strong performance and a recent perfect game achievement, German was removed from the game after issuing a leadoff walk to start the seventh inning.

Boone justified his decision to remove German by stating that he believed the bullpen was well-prepared and ready to take over. Despite German’s impressive performance of nine strikeouts and three walks, Boone wanted to end his outing on a positive note and build momentum heading into the second half of the season.

German expressed his confidence in his health and readiness to pitch in crucial games like the one on Sunday. He acknowledged that ultimately, the decision rested with Boone, who possesses the necessary knowledge and expertise to make such choices. German respected Boone’s decision-making process and accepted the manager’s call to remove him from the game.

As Torres pointed out, the Yankees’ bullpen has consistently been a dependable aspect of the team’s performance in the first 90 games of the season. Ian Hamilton effectively fulfilled his role by causing a pop-out and subsequently getting Christopher Morel to ground out to Torres at second base.

In the sixth inning, Anthony Volpe and Kyle Higashioka provided consecutive home runs, showcasing the Yankees’ offensive prowess against Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks struggled, giving up 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Volpe acknowledged that the team hasn’t reached its full potential and believes there is another level they can reach. He expressed confidence in the team’s ability to step up in the second half of the season.

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