New York Yankees: Travis Hafner is Slumping

By Andrew Binninger
Travis Hafner New York Yankees
Anthony Gruppuso-US Presswire

Okay, maybe I got too carried away with the New York YankeesTravis Hafner. Yes, he did get off to a good start. In April, he hit .318 with six home runs and 17 RBI. At that time, I thought that this could be the move that Brian Cashman will receive much praise for. However, since May 1st, he is hitting .147 with only one home run and two RBI. When did he hit his first home run this month? May 18th against the Toronto Blue Jays.

One month ago, I wrote that Hafner has the potential to be last year’s Raul Ibanez for the Yankees, but maybe that was wishful thinking on my part. I have said several times that players tend to start off strong in April but cool down in May. This seems to be the case with Hafner as he has missed six games this month due to an injured right shoulder. Maybe the injury was the cause of his sudden slump.

It’s not that I do not like Hafner; I am just not sure if he is the Yankees’ solution at the DH position. I was glad that he got off to a strong start, but it’s obviously not carrying into May. Maybe when his shoulder fully heals he will start producing the type of numbers that he was producing in April.

The Yankees cannot afford to have anymore players land on the DL because the team has enough players on the list already. Since Hafner’s first home run in May came on Saturday, maybe it is a sign that he is regaining his form. Then again, the last time he hit more than 20 home runs in a season was in 2007 when he was one of the best hitters in baseball.

Nevertheless, I hope that Hafner does figure something out because the Yankees need to keep winning.

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