LADY AT THE BAT: Future Fun To Watch During Yankees' Disappointing Season

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Future Fun To Watch During Yankees' Disappointing Season

The bad taste Tuesday night's game left in everyone's mouth was still there at the start of yesterday's series finale, but the Yankees were hopeful that it was on its way out of town. However, at the end of the day, the Blue Jays were the only ones leaving town--with a series win. The Yankees were left to ponder the rest of the season which, at this point, looks to be nothing more than a showcase for the future.

Yesterday, part of that future--Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge--was featured in the heart of the batting order. Sanchez went 2-3 with a long solo shot into the left field seats. In 52 at-bats (I know, small sample size) he is hitting .360, with 11 RBIs and five majestic home runs. His most impressive hit, however, might have been the single he hit yesterday, golfing a ball well below the strike zone into center field.

Judge went 2-4 with an RBI. In his very short career, he is hitting .389 with 2 home runs and four RBIs, an even smaller sample size than Sanchez's. Still, he has shown patience at the plate and seems to understand the importance of making adjustments.

While Sanchez and Judge only recently arrived on the scene, there are, of course, other young players that the Yankees are high on, and two of them have become much improved recently. While Aaron Hicks went 0-4 yesterday, he has really turned it on of late, He is 7 for his last 24 (.292), with two home runs and four RBIs. Starlin Castro went 2-4 yesterday, and has hit three home runs in his last seven games.

And then there is Didi Gregorius. He has been money all season, hitting .287 with 54 RBIs, and a career high in home runs (16).

The spark that these four guys have been providing (five if you count Chad Green's outing the other night) is enough to make this Yankee team still fun to watch, even after having had its fire sale. Come to think of it, in some ways, it might even be more fun to watch now. Yes, it definitely is.

So, thanks for all the fun, Baby Bombers. Keep up the good work!

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