Boone On WFAN: Yankees Need To 'Continue To Grow As A Club'

Mike's On
October 12, 2018 - 5:46 pm
Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium

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While it's difficult to classify an 100-win season as a "failure," such is the case for the New York Yankees after the team entered the season with hopes of hoisting the franchise's 28th World Series Championship trophy.

It's now been a few days since the Red Sox completed their series victory over the Yankees in the ALDS.

After having some time to reflect on his team's performance against their division rivals, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was blunt about the disheartening outcome of the series.

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"Obviously I think we're all disappointed," Boone said about the team's loss in the ALDS on Friday's edition of "Mike's On." "The finality of everything is just- you're in it, you're in it and all of a sudden it's over. It's a little bit numbing. Disappointing. You reflect a lot, obviously. You reflect on everything that went on within the series. You reflect back to some of the great things that happened on the year. You just try as best you can, clear your mind and really start to turn the focus on now just continuing to help us get better and take that next step to climb the mountain. We feel like we're in a position to do that."

The Red Sox entered the series with a strong rotation, led by seven-time All-Star and two-time AL strikeout leader Chris Sale.

While many around the league believed the Yankees might have some trouble finding success against Boston's starting pitchers, New York was expected to be able to take advantage of their opponent's bullpen.

However the Red Sox relievers combined to toss 19.0 innings in the four-game series, surrendering just seven runs while earning a 3.32 ERA and striking out 14 hitters.

"I thought over time we'd have more success against their 'pen," the first-year manager said on what aspect he felt his team had the upper-hand on the Red Sox heading into the series. "Obviously Game 3 got away from us and Eovaldi really held us down. We were able to get Porcello out of there [in Game 4>. But we really weren't able to mount anything in the few innings leading up to [Craig> Kimbrel, where we finally did break through and almost won that game. I thought that's maybe where we had the advantage, and we couldn't take advantage enough when we had some opportunities, obviously. "

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Despite the team's tremendous success in the regular season, there are things the Yankees have to work on during the offseason if they want to be a contender in 2019. 

Even though they set an MLB record with 267 home runs on the season, New York hit just .249 as a team. In addition, the bullpen was one of the best in baseball, but the Yankees' starting pitchers combined for a 4.05 ERA in 2018.

While Boone made it clear he felt this team was good enough to win a championship, he did admit that they all had room for improvement, starting with the manager himself.

"One of the things I talked with our team [about>, and I think everyone understands is that if nothing else, we are probably on that short list of teams that legitimately feels like we can win a championship," Boone said Friday. "Or we're knocking on that door or close. But the bottom line is, and this frankly starts with me, we've got to get a little bit better in every aspect. We have to continue to grow as a club if we're going to be that kind of team, because for the forseeable future, the competition, especially at the top with the elite teams in the American League, you better be at your best or you're going home."