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Defensive struggle puts IKF off the bench for Game 4

Defensive struggle makes IKF substitute for Game 4

Cleveland — Feeling Isaiah Keener-Falleifa’s first three games in the American League The game has been tentative in the division series, with manager Aaron Boone benching his starting shortstop on Sunday as the Yankees look to avoid being eliminated by the Guardians in Game 4 at Progressive Field. .
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“I think he’s been a bit defensive on defense throughout the series, so as not to make mistakes,” Boone said on Sunday. “I talked to him and my message was, ‘Look, you’re going to have a big role in this. Hopefully we’ll be here for a few more weeks.'”

Instead, rookie Oswaldo Cabrera gets at shortstop Aaron Hicks started in left field for the first time in the playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cabrera was the first player to start the playoffs at shortstop on a team with fewer than 94 faced elimination after career MLB inning position.

Often quoted by the Yankees Internal stats that paint Kiner-Falefa as one of the better defensive shortstops in the league explain their preference to keep him starting at rookie Oswald Peraza, the No. 3 prospect in every MLB pipeline, he Excluded from the ALDS roster.

“We’re not trying to convince a lame player to Played well there,” Boone said. “[Kiner-Falefa] has all the skills that are really good.”

One A rival American League scout recently explained that the Yankees’ internal numbers may be skewed because Kiner-Falefa has played above-average tough games, but he sometimes struggles with regular games on the ball to hit him directly. .

This was the case on Saturday Game 3, when Kiner-Falefa missed when he said “let’s lose the game”. Kiner-Falefa didn’t play Josh Naylor’s first-inning RBI single, threw a poor pitch to first base on Andrés Giménez’s infield bat, and dropped the ball carelessly on Myles Straw’s ninth inning hit Got an extra base.

“I’m just disappointed in myself, ‘ said Kiner-Falefa after the third game. “I feel like I have a chance tonight to come up with some key games and help the team win. I can’t come up with them.”

Boone said: “There were a couple of games where I felt like he was doing the kind of free movement that he kind of got in the way. He was in the first game Immediately made mistakes and then I felt like he didn’t move a couple of balls the way we usually see him. Part of that came from a good place; he wanted to do well and not let anyone down. But that could also get in your way.”
Kiner-Falefa finishes with above-average minus-2 outs Regular season, tied in rd qualified shortstop. Boone said he has yet to decide whether Keena Faleifa will start as shortstop in Game 5 at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

“We’ll see,” Boone said. “I don’t expect anything from it.”




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