The New York Yankees fell short against the Boston Red Sox. Who choked the most in the AL wild card game?
Things didn’t turn out well for the New York Yankees in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game. This is a contest that, while on the road, should have been winnable for New York. Instead, the Boston Red Sox looked incredibly formidable and handled the Yankees with ease.
In fact, the Red Sox appeared to be a considerably better club than the Yankees when Boston beat New York 6-2, but it shouldn’t have been, and this matchup should have been (in theory at least) closer.
But it came no closer, and that’s because some key Yankees leaders made some costly mistakes, while some consistently consistent contributors failed.
Here are the Yankees who choked the most in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game.
No. 3: Really, the majority of New York’s lineup fell short at the plate against the Red Sox.
Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge looked solid at the plate. They don’t deserve any blame here. They were good. The rest of the New York Yankees, on the other hand, fought mightily at the plate. That is a problem that will prevent you from winning.
Stanton was 3-of-4 at the plate with a late home run and a pair of singles. Rizzo hit a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning, while Judge landed a hit of his own, but ended up getting knocked out at the plate for an issue we’ll discuss in a minute.
Other than that, there was no real power from anyone on the Yankees roster. In all, 11 New York hitters struck out against the Red Sox, which is far from ideal. The Yankees couldn’t generate anything close to consistency at the plate and they definitely suffered for it.