Yankees G.M Brian Cashman received a lot of early criticism for passing on 3B Manny Machado in the offseason. Now, the patience has clearly paid off after the Yankees signed LeMahieu to a two-year, $24-million deal in January. Many presumed that LeMahieu who was a fan-favorite in Colorado, would somehow find a role on a loaded Yankees lineup.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup after a multitude of injuries, LeMehieu earned himself a permanent spot even with the near return of Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius. He is expected to shift to third while Gleyber Torres will move back to second, and Didi returns to shortstop.
Widely considered a contact hitter, LeMahieu flashed his power as he came up a huge with a RBI double in the third inning vs Boston. He followed with a 5th inning HR off of Chris Sale (1-8) which gave the Yankees an unanswered 3-run lead against the defending World Series champions.
He is currently hitting .317 with six homers, 32 RBI and a .830 OPS in 199 at-bats this season following the victory. What’s even more remarkable is that the 30-year-old’s batting average with RISP is .457 with 23 RBI’s on the season. His average goes for fourth best in the Majors.
LeMahieu also homered in Wednesday’s win over the Padres and now has an RBI in three straight games and in eight of his last 11 games, hitting .340 over the span. His teammates couldn’t stop raving.
“That guy rakes,” center fielder Aaron Hicks said. “It just seems like he can hit any kind of location, any pitch. He’s able to battle. He just seems like he’s a tough out and that’s what we thought we were getting when we got him and he’s a huge asset for our team.”
The Pinstripe pitchers collectively had another solid outing as J.A.Happ continued to dominate the Red Sox after a 5 inning 1 run outing and 5 K’s in the game. He seems to be returning back to the 2018 version of himself as the 36-year-old has only allowed three runs or less in 3 out of his last 4 starts. Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton all threw scoreless innings and closer Aroldis Chapman finished the game off by recording his 16th save of the season.
Tune in tonight at 7:15 PM EDT as Domingo German goes for his 10th victory of the season facing off against Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.41 ERA). You can listen to all the action right here on 640 The Hurricane!