Over the weekend the New York Yankees took a tumble at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. And last night started a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 4-2 victory. For the majority of the season, the Yankees have experienced nothing but winning. So after suffering their first series sweep of the year, we must see how they respond. Let’s then dive in and see who is helping to try and change those losing paths. And those who are not helping in that turnaround. And give a look back to last week’s breakdown of 3 Up and 3 Down.
1 Up- Giancarlo Stanton
It was said that Stanton usually starts out slow and heats up as the weather does. And now Yankees fans have seen that to be the case as well. Over his last 7 games, Stanton is hitting for a slash line of .333/.419/.778 with 3 home runs and 7 rbi’s. And that MVP level of production will now be needed more than ever.
1 Down- Gary Sanchez
The reason that Stanton’s MVP caliber level performance is so needed right now for the Yankees is due to Gary Sanchez going down with a groin injury. As was reported yesterday Sanchez will be out 3-4 weeks with a Grade 1 Groin Strain.
2 Up- Miguel Andújar
Andújar has gone through ups and downs in this his rookie season. But recently he has been contributing in a big way. Collecting 7 rbi’s and hitting 3 home runs while slugging .593. If Miguel can continue this trend of production he will be among the top contenders for Rookie of the Year alongside teammate Gleyber Torres.
2 Down- Greg Bird
Since his season debut Bird has struggled and much of it was chocked up to being injured and not seeing Major League Pitching. However, Bird is approaching 100 at-bats on the season and has still not found any semblance of his timing. Over his last 7 games, Greg has a slash line of .056/.261/.056. Obviously, the positive note sits in the middle. As his On Base Percentage is respectable in comparison to his batting average and slugging percentage. If Bird can’t get on track soon Brandon Drury has been playing first base in the minor leagues and has been raking in Triple-A.
3 Up- Clint Frazier
Frazier the “26th man of the year” has said all the right things when it comes to his playing time. He has just let his bat do the speaking for him and boy has it spoken. In a very small sample size (just 20 ab’s) Frazier is hitting .350/.458/.450. And reports came out yesterday that although GM Brian Cashman expects to receive many calls that ask for Frazier, Cash wants to keep Clint.
3 Down- Chasen Shreve
A man that need not stay any longer is Chasen Shreve. The is an old adage in baseball that if you’re left handed and have a pulse you will have a job. And sadly that has proven true in the case of Shreve. Chasen is a “lefty specialist” who can’t get lefties out. And over his last 7 games, Shreve has allowed 5 earned runs in just 6.1 innings pitched. He has also walked for driving his WHIP (Walks and Hits per 9 innings) up to 2.05 during the same 7 game span. Over those last 7 games, Shreve is 0-2 with an ERA of 7.11. So one must ask why is Shreve still on this roster?
B.O.L.O.- Jacoby Ellsbury
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Ellsbury should be starting baseball activities soon in his rehabbing in Tampa. In his absence, however, the team is in possession of the best record in baseball at 51-25 (.671 winning %.) And in the case of Ellsbury, another adage comes to mind, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”