Swing and a miss. Those words seemed to have been repeated throughout Alfonso Soriano‘s 0-for-16 slump before breaking that skid Thursday with a run-scoring single against the lefty Drew Pomeranz. Having the single come off of a lefty pitcher, this sent a clear signal to manager Joe Girardi on when he choose to put Soriano in the lineup.
Soriano added a double later in the game, ending his day going 2-for-3 against the lefty. Girardi said after the game that his plan moving forward is to put Soriano in the lineup against lefties.
“He has good at-bats against left handers…He’ll continue to play against left-handers…We’ll get him going.”
Seems to be the right decision. After all, Soriano is batting .303 in 66 at-bats vs lefties this season. He will most likely split time in right field with Ichiro Suzuki.
Yankees fans will hold Girardi to his words on getting Soriano going. When Soriano is locked in, he knows how to hit the ball all over the field, making him an extremely dangerous bat in the lineup.