BOSTON — With Scott Efros saving Saturday night, the Yankees set a record for 10 player saves this season. This is the most by any team in the Majors and after Clay Holmes’ recent struggles, it leaves the Bombers now looking for people to close the game.
“I mean, it’s going to evolve. We’ll see,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday night before the series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. “I think we’ll have a handful of guys.” who are capable of doing so. Maybe it would be great to get to the point where we just say, OK, Clay, you’re back there, whatever.
“But I also think they’ve been able to get all the back-and-forth out,” Boone said. “We want to put them in the best kind of position to be as successful as possible.”
Efros was dominant in a 3-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday night. Lou Trivino has experience in closing and Boone said Vandy Peralta would be an option.
Aroldis Chapman has made nine consecutive scoreless appearances after a struggling season and a half. The 34-year-old has been used with great care since returning from the injured list, where he spent six weeks with an Achilles issue and worked on fixing his delivery.
“He could be,” Boone said of Chapman.
Jonathan Loisiga, who made five saves during Chapman’s struggle last season, has been inconsistent this season. His most trusted reliever is not here yet. Michael King is out for the season following a fracture in his elbow and Ron Marinaccio, who earned Boone the confidence of his high-leverage innings, is in Triple-A due to a lack of roster numbers.
“They can be all. They are all in the game. They are all in the game, just depending on where we are on a given night, their availability and where we are in the lineup,” Boone said. I’ll just find out.”
The Yankees have taken the lead seven times since the All-Star break, second only to the Rockies in the majors. The Bombers were tied with the Braves for lowest (11) in the big leagues before the All-Star break.
After going 0-for-4 with three strikes on Saturday night, Aaron Hicks was not in the lineup on Sunday night. The Switch hitting center fielder has struggled to gain any power this season and his last month has been particularly difficult. Over the past 28 days, Hicks has been beating .184/.296/.184 with .480 ops. His last extra-base hit was at Fenway on July 9, when he had home for just the sixth time this season.
“I know he did a few things yesterday in his pregame work to try to make some adjustments and find some things to hand and rhythm. Yeah, that’s something that’s been kind of a struggle for us all year long ‘He hits extra base,'” Boone said. You have to keep working to try.”
Hicks, who is in the fourth year of a $70 million seven-year deal, scored 27 home runs in 2018. He is struggling to regain that form. He also struggled with injuries that required Tommy John surgery in 2019 and then wrist surgery, which cost him most of the 2021 season.
help is on the way
Boone said Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to do full pregame workouts with the team on Monday, including moving balls in the outfield and doing live batting drills, before playing the Rays.
Boone said Stanton could play in minor league rehab games sometime this week.
The slugger has been on the injured list since July 24 with tendinitis in his left Achilles.
The Yankees could have used their bat. Stanton has 24 homers and 61 RBI, but was in a four-game 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts before moving on to IL.