Boomer: Desperate Yankees Need To Inject 'New Blood' Into Lineup


If the Yankees are going to rally to win the American League Championship Series, they must shake up their lineup, WFAN's Boomer Esiason said Friday morning.

The Yanks lost to the Astros 8-3 on Thursday night to fall behind 3-1 in the series.

The Bombers' lineup has not done its part in the ALCS, especially in Game 4, when the Yankees were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Astros were 3-for-14.

Six of the Yankees in Thursday's starting lineup are hitting below .200 in the series. Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton missed his third straight game with a strained quad. There's a chance Stanton and CC Sabathia, who left Game 4 with a shoulder issue, could be replaced on the postseason roster Friday. 

"This is not the team that everybody was rooting for this year," Esiason said on Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show. 

"Where is (Mike) Ford? Where is (Mike) Tauchman? Where is (Austin) Romine? Where is Luke Voit? You know, that's the team that everybody was rooting for this year. That was the team that (was) the little engine that could.

"To me, I think desperate times call for desperate measures," Esiason continued.

"Let's say they bring Voit up. Now why wouldn't you start Voit at first base or let him be your DH? But I would put him at first base. I would put (DJ) LeMahieu at third base or have LeMahieu be your DH and keep (Gio) Urshela on the field because he's a good defender, and then I'd put Romine behind the plate. And now you bring in a little bit new blood, some guys that have had some success for the Yankees this year, and it's one of the reasons why they are where they are. And that's your extreme measures. You're changing things up. If I have to watch another game where your big hitters in big spots with guys on base are flailing at pitches outside of the strike zone, I'd want to hit myself over the head with a hammer."

Among the problems for the Yankees has been catcher Gary Sanchez, who is 3-for-25 (.120) in the postseason, although he did hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning Thursday.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez strikes out against Astros pitcher Zack Greinke with the bases loaded during the first inning of ALCS Game 4 on Oct. 17, 2019, at Yankee Stadium. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports

"Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman have got to start showing some stones here," Esiason said. "You've got to sit down Gary Sanchez. I know he hit a home run last night. I mean, he had a chance to break the game open in the first inning, and he's flailing at a third pitch. I mean, just awful. I mean, it was awful. And it was a recurring nightmare that has gone on with him now, and I don't know what the Yankee brass is looking at. Are they watching the same thing that we are all watching?

"He has been in one of these slumps that he tends to get himself in at the absolute wrong time. He's guessing, he's missing pitches, can't catch up to a fastball here or there."

Esiason's co-host, Gregg Giannotti, said he believes it will "take a borderline miracle with the way the Yankees are playing to come back and win this series." Gio said he's in favor of Boone shaking up the lineup but said he doesn't think the Yankees will bench Sanchez. 

"Gary Sanchez, of course, the reason why that the Yankees are never going to sit him down in a big spot is because he does end up hitting a home run later," Gio said. "That's Gary Sanchez in a nutshell is he strikes out on three pitches and then he has a brain fart again on one of these rundown plays where he throws the ball. ... But then you also have the big home run that makes you feel like the Yankees get back in the game.

"I'm all for shaking up the lineup. I'm all for any of it. 'Cause I feel like it's over, and you might as well just throw everything at the Astros that you have."

To listen to the open from Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.