The New Yankees weren't necessarily favored to beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, but losing in four games, including two at home, wasn't expected. New York was one game away from reaching the World Series in 2017, which is why they had the expectation of getting back to the ALCS and taking the additional step forward to the Fall Classic. But that dream is now dead. Here are three Yankees to blame for the utter disappointment against Boston.
3. Luis Severino
Yes, Luis Severino performed well in his four innings of work in the AL Wild Card Game against the Oakland A's. However, with the series on the line in Game 3, Severino lasted only three innings where he allowed six runs on seven hits, leading to a 16-1 beatdown in the Bronx. Severino is the ace of this rotation and a lot is expected of him, and quite frankly, he didn't live up to the billing.
2. Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton was brought to New York to be that final piece to the offense, especially come October. I realize this is Stanton's first postseason experience, so maybe he had some nerves. However, he failed time and time again with runners on base, and he's expected to be that big run producer. In 21 postseason at-bats, Stanton hit .238 with one home run and .654 OPS, including 0-for-4 in Game 4 with a strikeout in the ninth inning with two runners on and the Yankees down three runs. Stanton was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts with runners in scoring position this postseason. That just isn't good enough and it cost them in this series.
1. Aaron Boone
Maybe Aaron Boone deserves a pass because he's rookie manager straight from the broadcast booth, but his counterpart, Alex Cora, is also a rookie manager with only one year of coaching experience. Boone's handling of the pitching staff as a whole was suspect throughout the ALDS, especially deciding when to take a starter out. Players are the ones playing and out there trying to execute, but his job is to put them in positions to succeed, and he didn't always do that in this series, which ultimately cost the Yanks.