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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/21/19

The unforced errors that cost the Bombers their season; New York has some tough calls upcoming on their own free agents; Aaron Boone’s bullpen failed when it mattered most

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CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The main thing that went wrong in the ALCS for the Yankees was that they lost, obviously. Here, Axisa highlights a handful of specific things that went wrong and pushed the Yankees towards their fate. Certain events like the Yankees playing the infield back on Alex Bregman’s run-scoring fielder’s choice in the sixth inning of Game Six may be lost to history, but they had a real impact on the team’s chances.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: No sooner than the final pitch of the final game of the season does the offseason speculation start. The Yankees are now firmly among the 28 teams planning for next year, and with that comes a series of unpleasant choices. In particular, the Yankees have a host of free agents, including long-time fixtures like Brett Gardner, and fan favorites like Didi Gregorius, regarding whom they must make tough decisions.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: I wrote last week about how we were about to see whether the Yankees’ careful usage of their bullpen all season was about to pay dividends in a series of consecutive games against the Astros. Here, Sherman highlights how that plan failed, as the Yankees dropped Game Six when three of their most trusted relievers faltered. I’m a little skeptical of the running narrative that the Yankees’ bullpen cost them this series (non-starters and openers posted a collective 2.70 ERA against an incredible Houston offense while striking out a batter per inning), but it’s unquestionable that a few of the team’s best arms failed when all the chips were on the table.