Aaron Boone is able to trade in his pinstripes for board shorts and a spatula, not less than for a number of days.
With Major League Baseball’s All-Star break starting Monday, Boone, the Yankees’ manager, plans on getting some rest and leisure. Boone will watch the Home Run Derby on Monday and the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, but he’ll also benefit from a brief vacation.
With the Yankees (64-28) in possession of the league’s best record on the season’s unofficial halfway point, the skipper has earned some downtime.
When asked Sunday to explain how the Yankees had played to date, Boone said, “Well.”
He added: “But we’re keenly aware of how for much longer we’ve got to go. All we’ve done is put ourselves in a fantastic position to do something special.”
Boone, after all, was referring to a winning World Series championship, something the Yankees haven’t done since 2009. What they’ve already achieved this season, nonetheless, has them looking like a favourite.
The Yankees’ win total is the franchise’s highest before the All-Star break, and their 28 comeback wins lead the majors. They’re 36 games above .500 and sit atop the American League East with a 13-game lead over Tampa Bay. Six of their players — the outfielder and most useful player candidate Aaron Judge; outfielder Giancarlo Stanton; starter Gerrit Cole; catcher Jose Trevino; starter Nestor Cortes; and closer Clay Holmes — are All-Stars, and so they had a case to have more.
“I mean, we’re the most effective team in baseball,” said reliever Michael King, who didn’t get an All-Star nod despite posting a 2.19 E.R.A. “We’ve the most effective record in baseball, and I feel we totally have the boldness. I do know we’ve form of hit a bit lull here, but we all the time discuss not wanting to be hot in July. We’d somewhat be hot in October. We’re just saving the most effective for the playoffs, and hitting a bit adversity is all the time good.”
The “lull” King mentioned is relative. The Yankees lost eight of their past 16 games and five of eight before the All-Star break. Because the hiatus approached, Latest York lacked crispness at times, a reminder of how inconsistent the club was last yr. “The timing of the All-Star break often tends to be an excellent thing,” Boone said.
However the 2022 Yankees have, overall, played a much cleaner, steadier, and more well-rounded brand of baseball than the 2021 edition. Despite a small slide, they ended the primary half with consecutive convincing victories and a series win over the Red Sox, scoring 27 runs between Saturday and Sunday. After beating the Red Sox, 13-2, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, Latest York is 30-15 against the A.L. East, a division through which every team has a winning percentage of not less than .500.
“Yesterday was an excellent team game and we carried that momentum into today,” Cole said after allowing two runs over seven innings while striking out 12 on Sunday. “It’s pretty cool, but we’ve got larger goals and we’ve got so much more baseball to play. So we’re attempting to keep it in perspective.”
The Yankees will regroup and resume regular season play on Thursday in Houston. The Astros, the A.L.’s second-best team at 59-32, have remained a thorn in Latest York’s side, winning three of 5 games between the teams this yr. The rivals will start the second half with an unusual doubleheader before parting ways, a scheduling quirk made crucial by the lockout, which delayed the 2022 campaign and postponed games.
“It’s been a grind, especially with the slow begin to the season with the week missing and form of adding those games in,” Boone said of one other odd campaign. “It’s just added one other layer to that 162-game season. I feel like we’ve navigated it well. But we’ve got an extended method to go and sit up for getting back after it after what’s hopefully a restful time for some guys.”
While the subsequent few days might be peaceful for the Yankees not heading to Los Angeles, the following weeks needs to be jam-packed. M.L.B.’s trade deadline is Aug. 2, and the Yankees figure to be buyers as they appear to shore up a roster that also has some holes despite the team’s sterling record.
The Yankees have been connected to several outfielders and should trade considered one of their very own, the struggling Joey Gallo, who homered Sunday. General Manager Brian Cashman may be a buyer within the pitching market. The Yankees have considered one of the sport’s best rotations, but Cortes has thrown a career-high 95 ⅔ major league innings and the right-hander Luis Severino was placed on the injured list last week, a standard occurrence throughout his profession. Jameson Taillon, meanwhile, endured a little bit of a rough patch before holding Boston to 1 run over six innings on Saturday.
Still, Boone is confident in his pitching staff, calling it considered one of the “driving forces” behind his team’s dominance. Yankees pitchers enter the break with a 3.08 E.R.A., their lowest mark since 1976.
As for the trade deadline, Boone added, “You never know what’s gonna occur.”
Whether the Yankees make a splash or stand pat stays to be seen. The 1998 Yankees — a team incessantly in comparison with this current bunch — did not land Randy Johnson before that trade deadline. They still won 114 regular season games and the World Series.
Upgrades are all the time welcome, and maybe expected when a team is in serious contention. But Boone also likes the fellows he’s got without delay.
“The arrogance that this team has that we are able to win in any form of way,” he said when asked what stood out concerning the Yankees’ first half. “That’s really what’s jumped out and it starts with the commitment the fellows produced from day considered one of spring training, of being really committed and obsessive with the small print and the smaller things in the sport which have shown up big for us at different times all year long. And I feel that’s led to confidence that we are able to win any game by doing it some other ways.”