The New York Yankees have been up and down all season, whether its been injuries to the pitching staff or inconsistent offense from the starting lineup. The Yankees just have not been able to put it together for long stretches of time. In August, however, the team has been looking fairly sharp, in large part to one hitter in particular.
Enter Jacoby Ellsbury.
Ellsbury has been on a tear in the month of August, and he continued his streak of dominance Friday night in the Yankees’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in. When Ellsbury is swinging the bat as well as he can, it is really hard to beat the Yankees, especially considering the fact that Ellsbury bats lead off for the team. Ellsbury has game-changing speed that cannot be ignored when he finds himself on base. In fact, Ellsbury is such an offensive threat when his game is on that he could even bat third in the lineup and provide enough pop for the Yankees. This is how good a player like Ellsbury can be.
And he sure has reminded everyone how good he can be in the month of August.
In August, Ellsbury has been batting .317 to go along with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. Ellsbury has been on an absolute tear and has definitely been a factor of why the Yankees have been winning ball games and putting runs on the board lately.
It just does not make sense for Derek Jeter to miss the postseason in his final year in pinstripes. Ellsbury is doing everything to can to make sure that does not happen.