Yankees Gleyber Torres owns the Baltimore Orioles
On Monday night versus the Orioles, Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres became the youngest player in AL history to record eight multi-homer games. At 22 years, 242 days, he’s fourth-youngest in MLB ever to do so.
I understand that the Baltimore Orioles are the second-worst team in baseball (only the Tigers have a worse record) and that this rebuild they’re undertaking will last a considerable amount of time. But you’d have to think, after allowing Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres to embarrass you as an organization single-handedly, you’d stop pitching to him — you know, to save some face.
Aside from the eighth inning of Monday’s Game 2 doubleheader, when Torres was finally intentionally walked to load the bases, O’s pitchers continue to challenge the 22-year-old blossoming star, and he keeps on hitting balls out of the yard at a historic pace.
Torres, who missed most of last week with a core muscle injury and came into the contest 0-for-14, slugged one home run in Game 1 before collecting his eighth multi-homer game this season in the nightcap, tying him with Joe Dimaggio for the Yankee record by a player under 23.
Five of those multi-home run contests have come at the hands of the Orioles — a new MLB record.
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His 13 long balls in 2019 versus the O’s is the most hit in a single season during the division era and is just one home run shy of Lou Gehrig’s record of 14, set against Cleveland in 1936.
Monday’s latest escapades against the Orioles brings Torres’ homer total to 26 on the season — meaning he’s hit half of his four-baggers against Baltimore.
Back to my original statement, it did seem that Orioles manager Brandon Hyde finally had enough of Torres, giving him the “Barry Bonds treatment” even with his club down five runs — as he told Dan Martin of the New York Post:
"“Obviously, he’s killed us all year,’’ Hyde said. “We continue to throw the ball in the middle part of the plate to him. … I had enough and put him on.”"
In 16 games versus the struggling Orioles, Torres is hitting a whopping .414, has a ridiculous .1138 OPS and has accounted for 22 percent of New York’s 59 homers versus their one-time division rivals.
The Yankees have now won 14 straight against the O’s and still have two games left on the schedule to pad their dramatic stats.