TORONTO — Giancarlo Stanton has made a behavior of getting scorching within the postseason. The Yankees must hope he’s in a position to take action once more this yr.
The designated hitter struck out 4 occasions 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.
Extra alarmingly, after driving in three runs on Aug. 25, in his first sport again after a stint on the injured listing with left Achilles tendinitis that started in late July, Stanton has largely 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 operating out of time to get himself proper for the postseason.
Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated, concerning Stanton’s hunch, the staff will proceed to “trip it out.”
“We’re simply looking for that good stretch, that good timing to the place — we’ve seen it occur in a single day,” Boone stated. “When he locks it in, he turns into pretty much as good and harmful because it will get. 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 sport two nights later, however he’s hitting .059 over his previous 4 video games.
“He’s gotten a pair large hits [and] a pair large homers for us,” Boone stated. “However for essentially the most half, it’s been a battle to get all the way in which again to that time. We’re going to maintain working at it and hope it clicks right here quickly.”
And his foot and ankle have been “an element,” in line with Boone.
“However I additionally really feel prefer it’s not one thing that ought to restrict him from discovering it and nonetheless being a wrecking ball as soon as he will get going,” Boone stated. “I feel he was fairly disciplined and affected person about that and being clear about when he was prepared to return again. I feel he realizes he’s gotta do it when it’s not good. He’s working arduous to get to that time.”
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.
Requested earlier than the sport if Aaron Decide, nonetheless one wanting Roger Maris’ AL report of 61 dwelling runs, would relaxation on Wednesday in Toronto earlier than the Yankees have Thursday off, Boone stated, “We’ll see.”
Decide hasn’t missed a sport since Aug. 3 and Boone bristled at questions in regards to the slugger’s workload earlier than the sport.
“You’re actually pushing for an off day for Decide,’’ Boone stated. “You normally get on me for resting him.”
Boone additionally famous he wished to get Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman extra work earlier than the top of the common season, prone 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 subject.
“I simply form of wish to preserve them each going,’’ Boone stated of catchers Higashioka and Jose Trevino. “[Trevino] has taken quite a lot of hits, foul balls and issues. He’s doing tremendous, however wished to verify I protect him. [Higashioka’s] been taking part in effectively when he’s had his possibilities, too.”
Higashioka has had a tough yr 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 had been being cautious and didn’t wish to play him three straight days on the unreal turf at Rogers Centre after Bader lately got here again from plantar fasciitis.
Bader entered as a defensive substitute for Oswaldo Cabrera within the seventh.
“It’s a part of his return [plan],’’ Boone stated of the middle fielder the Yankees received from the Cardinals in change for lefty Jordan Montgomery. “He’s executed rather well.”
Requested 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 in which he’s responded up to now has been all good,’’ Boone stated. “I’m taking a look at [Tuesday] as form of the final of it. Clearly, we’ll hearken to him and if one thing pops up, we’ll watch out with it.”