Yankees Hot Corner – Gary Sanchez needs to sit
It’s never going to happen but Gary Sanchez needs to sit for Austin Romine. Sanchez (minus a few good at-bats in the ALDS) has been putrid in the postseason. His performance on Tuesday night cannot be understated on how poor it was.
Not only did Sanchez not get a hit and left a giant hole in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup, but he also let a crucial pitch in the dirt get past him and score a run for the Astros. It was certainly a wild pitch but you have to block anything and everything with a pitcher who consistently throws breaking sliders.
Regardless of how bad his night was, his postseason has been even worse. He’s played every game so far and he’s now batting under .100. Worse than that, he’s had zero pop in his bat. If he was at least hitting home runs when he got hits, he’d still be somewhat in the good graces of the fans.
When Aaron Boone was asked whether Austin Romine has a chance to crack the lineup in Game Four, he emphatically stated “No” and moved on to the next question. Sanchez is still one of the core players on this team but he needs to sit.
Unfortunately, he never will because the Yankees have so much invested in him and he’s still a good catcher behind the plate despite his flaws. He has a terrible track record in the postseason though and other than that big double in the 2017 ALCS to give the Yankees the lead against the Astros, he’s essentially done nothing. At what point is it time to give him at least a day’s rest?
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