TORONTO — Giancarlo Stanton has made a behavior of getting sizzling within the postseason. The Yankees have to hope he’s in a position to accomplish that once more this year.
The designated hitter struck out 4 instances Tuesday in a 5-2 division-clinching win over the Blue Jays and is 1-for-17 with 11 strikeouts in his final 4 video games.
More alarmingly, after driving in three runs on Aug. 25, in his first recreation again after a stint on the injured checklist with left Achilles tendinitis that started in late July, Stanton has principally been a multitude. He entered Tuesday 13-for-87 (.149), with a double, 4 homers, 11 RBIs, 11 walks and 35 strikeouts to associate with an OPS of simply .544 in 24 video games.
The notoriously streaky Stanton is working out of time to get himself proper for the postseason.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated, concerning Stanton’s stoop, the group will proceed to “ride it out.”
“We’re just trying to find that good stretch, that good timing to where — we’ve seen it happen overnight,” Boone stated. “When he locks it in, he becomes as good and dangerous as it gets. Hopefully he can get there.”
Stanton, as Boone famous, has had “flashes,” together with a game-winning grand slam in The Bronx on Sept. 20 and a three-hit recreation two nights later, however he’s hitting .059 over his previous 4 video games.
“He’s gotten a couple big hits [and] a couple big homers for us,” Boone stated. “But for the most part, it’s been a struggle to get all the way back to that point. We’re going to keep working at it and hope it clicks here soon.”
And his foot and ankle have been “a factor,” in accordance to Boone.
“But I also feel like it’s not something that should limit him from finding it and still being a wrecking ball once he gets going,” Boone stated. “I think he was pretty disciplined and patient about that and being clear about when he was ready to come back. I think he realizes he’s gotta do it when it’s not perfect. He’s working hard to get to that point.”
Now that the Yankees have clinched the AL East Tuesday, Boone stated he would look to get gamers days off.
“Now we’ll begin to be strategic,’’ Boone stated.
Asked earlier than the sport if Aaron Judge, still one wanting Roger Maris’ AL file of 61 house runs, would relaxation on Wednesday in Toronto earlier than the Yankees have Thursday off, Boone stated, “We’ll see.”
Judge hasn’t missed a recreation since Aug. 3 and Boone bristled at questions concerning the slugger’s workload earlier than the sport.
“You’re really pushing for an off day for Judge,’’ Boone said. “You usually get on me for resting him.”
Boone additionally famous he needed to get Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman extra work earlier than the top of the common season, possible to decide their readiness for the playoffs.
Kyle Higashioka began Tuesday behind the plate for simply the fourth time since Sept. 18 and had three hits, two runs and a flyout to deep proper area.
“I just kind of want to keep them both going,’’ Boone said of catchers Higashioka and Jose Trevino. “[Trevino] has taken a lot of hits, foul balls and things. He’s doing fine, but wanted to make sure I preserve him. [Higashioka’s] been playing well when he’s had his chances, too.”
Higashioka has had a tough year offensively, however is 6-for-13 with a double, three runs and 4 RBIs in his previous 4 begins.
Harrison Bader wasn’t within the lineup on Tuesday for the second time in 5 video games. Boone stated the Yankees have been being cautious and didn’t need to play him three straight days on the substitute turf at Rogers Centre after Bader lately got here again from plantar fasciitis.
Bader entered as a defensive alternative for Oswaldo Cabrera within the seventh.
“It’s part of his return [plan],’’ Boone said of the center fielder the Yankees got from the Cardinals in exchange for lefty Jordan Montgomery. “He’s done really well.”
Asked if additional days off can be one thing the Yankees would contemplate for Bader within the playoffs, Boone stated, “I don’t anticipate that.”
“The way he’s responded so far has been all good,’’ Boone said. “I’m looking at [Tuesday] as kind of the last of it. Obviously, we’ll listen to him and if something pops up, we’ll be careful with it.”