‘Albert Abreu Did a Good Job’- New York Yankees Manager Defends Controversial Decision

Published 10/02/2021, 9:12 AM EDT
Oct 1, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Shane McClanahan (62) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports


The race for the wild card is going down to the wire, and the New York Yankees’ strong domination is slipping away. Their recent slip came on Friday when the Yankees lost a crucial match to Tampa Bay Rays by  4-3.

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Fans were disappointed with Manager Aaron Boone’s decision to leave Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen and sending Domingo German and Albert Abreu. The New York Yankees established a strong lead to reach the AL wild-card spot. However, in the last few matches, things have not been going in their favor.

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Yankees’ manager explains his decision

New York Yankees have been pretty inconsistent this season, keeping their fans on the edge. Albeit they were still dominating the wild card race until Wednesday. The Toronto Blue Jays broke their 7 game winning streak by 6-5. And then their loss on Friday against Tampa Bay Rays left the Yankees fans very disappointed.

Oct 1, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia (28) is tagged out by New York Yankees third baseman Rougned Odor (12) trying to go from first to third during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

However, this time, the blame was on the team’s manager, Aaron Boone, for making the wrong call. Apparently, in the ninth and crucial innings, Aaron sent Albert Abreu, in place of Aroldis Chapman, who is more experienced. And the team eventually lost.

However, Aaron defended Albert and his performance on the field. He said“Between him and Luetge, we know we got 2 outs there and then they probably gonna hit for Arozarena and Franco from the left side.”

“Just felt like matchup-wise it was good, and I thought Albert did a good job also of getting [Randy] Arozarena out. He puts Franco on the ground, and he just found a hole with it. But I thought he came in and threw the ball well.”

Can New York Yankees still make it to the play-off?

While their position in standings has become fragile after the loss on Friday, they are still in the race. The four teams that are fighting for the two wild-card spots are Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, and Blue Jays. Yankees have won 91 matches and lost 69.

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However, even Red Sox are not too far behind as they have clinched 90 and lost 70. Mariners stand at 89-71, whereas the Blue Jays are at 89-71.

Oct 1, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes (65) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees need to play two more matches and win just one to secure their spot. Do you think the Yankees will recover their morale and make their spot in the post-season?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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