After he ended the month of May with a paltry .257 batting average, I thought Ichiro Suzuki’s days in pinstripes were numbered. Luckily, I was wrong.
Ichiro has been one of the New York Yankees‘ most consistent hitters of late, putting up a .292 average in June with three homers, nine RBIs, 10 runs scored, six multi-hit games and seven steals. Thus far in July, Ichiro has continued his hot hitting with a .467 average and five runs scored. Manager Joe Girardi has been batting him second in the lineup behind center fielder Brett Gardner, and together these two speedy outfielders are setting the table for the rest of the Yankees offense.
With fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson still set to return sometime this season, there will be an interesting competition for playing time. At one time I thought Ichiro would be getting the short straw, but now that he’s hitting again, I’m not so sure. Now it looks like Vernon Wells is going to get benched now, especially after his dismal performance in June. Perhaps Girardi will just play the guy with the hot hand, or instead devise some sort of outfield rotation. Despite his solid play, Zoilo Almonte might be sent down to the minors to make roster space.
With his solid hitting over the past month, Ichiro has solidified his spot on the Yankees’ roster.