Close is not enough as the Yankees score 2 runs on Neil Walker and Gary Sanchez RBI’s before Craig Kimbrel closes out a wild 9th inning to clinch the ALDS in the Bronx. Yes, the Red Sox clinched the Division and the ALDS on Yankee soil. It sounds cruel for a Yankees team that won 102 games throughout 162 regular-season games. Also, add 4 more games in the last 5 days and it is clear that the Boston Red Sox were simply the better team. The Yankees were simply over-matched in the 4-3 loss in Game 4 and lose the series on Tuesday night.
Did the Yankees fail? This is the same New York team that fell a win shy of going to the World Series a year ago. The same New York team that spent the last 12 months planning to go a step further but instead fell short one round earlier. This is the same New York team with $180 million in high-powered talent. Obviously, Aaron Boone’s in-game decisions made it worse for a 2nd straight night as he was too late to pull the trigger on CC Sabathia and left him in to give up 3 runs in the 3rd-inning when he clearly should have been pulled earlier.
Who was the better off season pick up? J.D. Martinez with 6 RBI’s in the series and still playing or the over-rated Giancarlo Stanton with 6 K’s in the series with zero extra-base hits, zero RBI’s and going home. The powerful New York Yankees with the most Home Runs in a single season can get ready for next year and try chasing the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.