Stephen Drew is no stranger to the New York Yankees, he has 10 RBI in 96 at-bats. Now he plays for the good guys, the Bombers hope he can produce for them, the way he did against them. Drew’s production since coming to the Bronx is lower than the Yankees expected but he has come up big for them in important situations.
Drew is batting .174 since coming to New York with an on base percentage of .240 and having drove in six runs. Drew’s always had the ability to hit the ball in the air and hit consistent line drives. His career line drive percentage is 21% just above the league average.
The Yankees cannot be upset at Drew’s production; this is what they signed. He’s always been an average hitter known more for his defense. Drew has been playing second base for the first time in his career. This has been very helpful to the Yankees, after struggling all season at the position.
Drew will be a valuable piece to the team’s playoff run if he starts getting on base and continues hitting the ball into the gaps and by scoring runs. The Yankees are 16th in Runs scored this year and need to get that number up in order to move into the playoffs.
Teams in the American League have been upgrading their rosters with big name hitters and pitchers. In order for the Yankees to compete with teams such as the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s, they must start getting production out of the guys they acquired to fill holes in the lineup.