ST. LOUIS — It appears as if the Yankees have changed Joey Gallo within the outfield with … Joey Gallo.
With Gallo now with the Dodgers, Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-23 with simply an infield single earlier than a double in a loss Friday night time to the Cardinals and Aaron Hicks slipped into an 0-for-29 stoop, getting into Saturday with out an extra-base hit since July 9.
After the sport Friday, supervisor Aaron Boone addressed each potential considerations, with Giancarlo Stanton and newly acquired Harrison Bader on the injured listing.
Boone expressed no issues with Benintendi, saying the outfielder, picked up from the Royals earlier than final week’s commerce deadline, saying, “He’s the last guy you worry about. He’s such a good hitter.”
Still, two hits in 33 plate appearances, with simply the one extra-base hit, is just not what the Yankees have been anticipating after they acquired the 28-year-old for the stretch run.
His eight walks via Friday are encouraging, but his lack of energy all through the season has been a shock.
Benintendi completed his time in Kansas City this season with simply three homers, although he received on base lots — which is why the Yankees have been concerned about buying him.
Some scouts believed his energy would possibly tick up as soon as he received to the Yankees, given their desire for hitting the ball within the air.
Benintendi has hit extra fly balls since coming to The Bronx (31.6 p.c in comparison with 24.5), but his ground-ball rate has additionally jumped from 45.6 p.c with the Royals to 52.6 as a Yankee.
The numbers are extra regarding for Hicks, who Boone stated had “struggled the final couple of weeks from the left aspect.’’
On the season, Hicks is hitting simply .209 with a .642 OPS as a lefty hitter getting into play Saturday and the outcomes haven’t been significantly better from the fitting aspect.
The lack of manufacturing from Hicks definitely performed a job within the Yankees’ resolution to commerce Jordan Montgomery, who began Saturday for the Cardinals, to St. Louis for Bader — even with Bader out not less than till subsequent month with plantar fasciitis, with no assure he’ll be efficient within the postseason.
It’s a continuation of a troubling downside for Hicks and the Yankees, who’ve three extra years after this one invested within the 32-year-old who hasn’t had a full, productive season since 2018.
Ideally, the hope for the Yankees could be that Bader returns to well being earlier than the playoffs, which might permit them to play him in middle, with Benintendi in left and Aaron Judge in proper.
That would go away Stanton at DH after he recovers from left ankle tendinitis.
Matt Carpenter has additionally been used within the outfield to maintain his torrid lefty bat within the lineup.
The right-handed swinging Bader was additionally having a tough season on the plate with a career-worst OPS of .673 in 264 plate appearances.
The Yankees, although, didn’t purchase Bader for his bat.
They’re assured his elite defensive expertise within the outfield can be necessary in October.
For now, although, with Bader out, Benintendi slumping and Hicks within the midst of one other down season, it’s not exhausting to see why the group’s offense has been down.
Gallo, in the meantime, is making an attempt to reset his career with the Dodgers, because the failure of his commerce from Texas to the Yankees final season continues to resonate.