Aaron Boone's managing came into question on Monday night after a 16-1 drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Boone failed to warm up relief pitchers in the bullpen during Luis Severino's dreadful Game 3 performance.
Boone was at it again on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS.
In the third inning, starter C.C. Sabathia was in trouble after plunking Andrew Benintendi. It was followed up with a Steve Pearce single, who has proven to be a "Yankee Killer" in his career. In a do-or-die game, you'd think Boone would start warming up the bullpen.
You guessed it. The bullpen is quiet.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 10, 2018
J.D. Martinez would step up to the plate and hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Benintendi and give the Boston a 1-0 lead.
I don’t know. I mean, you don’t have to hook Sabathia here but I feel like it would be wise to have the option if this thing starts going sideways. https://t.co/pwzrF3058v— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 10, 2018
The bleeding didn't end there, as Ian Kinsler would hit a screeching double over the head of left fielder Brett Gardner, extending their lead to 2-0. The bandages didn't work on that wound either, as Eduardo Nuñez would hit a single to left field, allowing Kinsler to score, giving them a three-spot in the third.
At the first sign of trouble, you figured there would be a reliever up in this game. The first sign of trouble has arrived in the third. Nobody’s up.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 10, 2018
Boone would finally call the bullpen to warm up David Robertson and Zach Britton.
While there is still a lot of time for the Yankees to make a comeback, Boone's mismanaging of the starting pitching and bullpen put New York in an early hole.