The New York Yankees wished they had Oswaldo Peraza during the ALDS when they installed Isiah Kiner-Falefa and moved Oswaldo Cabrera onto the field. Ideally, Cabrera would have stayed in left field, and Peraza would have taken the job in a nutshell, but manager Aaron Boone chose to leave the rookie off the roster against Cleveland.
Boone didn’t make the same mistake twice, using Peraza in Game 2 of the ALCS Thursday night, despite the team losing 3-2. Peraza didn’t produce much of an offensive tackle, but none of the Yankee hitters did well against Framber Valdez, who fired nine hits in seven runs.
Providing Peraza with more hits over the course of the regular season would have been the most beneficial strategy, but the team bolstered their confidence in IKF, who didn’t make him fully represent ALDS against a lesser opponent in Cleveland before a header. on the bench.
Over 15 hitters during the post-season, IKF recorded four hits, one walk, and three hits. It features an average of 0.27 with a 35% on average, much better than some of the other Yankee players—notably Gleber Torres and Josh Donaldson.
The Yankees need to attack but they can’t compromise their defense either:
Offensive quality may end up being the deciding factor for Aaron Boone, who is still trying to decide who will play the SS in Game 3 against the Houston Astros in the Bronx.
Peraza has more lag than IKF but is not the sound of a hitter. At the very least, Kiner-Falefa is good at putting the ball into play, even if it’s a poor target for a Houston player. However, Peraza offers an outstanding defense, as featured in Game 2 with a few flashy moments.
Given that Peraza may have saved a few laps with his impressive defensive proficiency, if his racket can come along, it should be the easy choice to feature in the Yankees Stadium. At this point, it seems they can’t trust IKF to do routine plays, while Peraza was smooth in his delivery and showed sleight of hand on a few occasions.
Ultimately, Oswald needs to see more pitches. The Yankees are expected to face Lance McCullers Jr., a lesser opponent on the hill than Justin Verlander or Valdez, both of whom are in the Cy Young conversation this year.
It’s a tough decision for Boone to make, but Peraza’s elite defense offers him, and his faltering abilities suggest he’s the better option.