Have the New York Yankees Bats Finally Turned Around?
The New York Yankees scored 14 runs in a rout against the Los Angeles Angels last night. This ties their season high in runs scored this season — last time it occurred all the way back on Apr. 9 against the Cleveland Indians, only their eighth game of the season. The Yankees also racked up a season high of 19 hits, the previous high being 18, also in the game against Cleveland on Apr. 9.
It was nice to finally see a blowout and some stress-free innings for the Yankees relievers, because they haven’t had a game like this in a long time. The Yankees have gone a staggering 58 games without scoring in double digits in their home park.
The good news is that the bats might be turning around for the better. To start, the addition of Alfonso Soriano is starting to pay off big time. Soriano hit two home runs last night, a two-run and three-run shot, and totaled with six RBI, a career high for him. Some interesting stats to go along with Soriano’s game: the last Yankee to have six RBI in a game was Robinson Cano in October of 2012, and Soriano is the first Yankee left-fielder with at least six RBI and two homers in a game since Bernie Williams in 2006.
The Yankee power is starting to return as well. They have homered 11 times in their last six games, while they only had 10 in their previous 30 games. Also, as a team, they have a .781 OPS their last seven days, which is fifth best in the American League. So, is it a small sample size or will it be a trend for the rest of the year? Only time will tell, but for the past week, the Yankees have looked a lot more like the Bronx Bombers than they have all year long.