With a grand slam and eight RBI on his resume Robinson Cano has been the Yankee who has made the greatest impact in this ALDS vs. the Detroit Tigers.But not far behind lurks Brett Gardner with his five hits, five RBI and .385 batting average.
With the dismal performances thus far of A-Rod, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher the Yanks have REALLY needed Gardner to come through.That well-paid veteran trio is an awful 7-for-44 with a homer and 4 RBI between them.
It’s a good thing for the Yanks, their “second” leadoff hitter, residing in the No. 9 hole in the lineup has been on his game. Consistently too, as Gardner had a key two-run single in the opener, a two-run double in the seventh of game three that pulled the Yanks even in an eventual loss, and two more hits and two RBI in the game four rout.
If the Yanks can win game five and the ALDS they will have Gardner in large part to thank.