Yankees: 3 underrated aspects of 3-game winning streak
The Yankees have won three in a row! You know what else is cool?
New York Yankees baseball is BACK! When you hit rock bottom, you can’t go any lower, and the Bombers have embodied that philosophy ever since getting throttled in a 10-run inning by the Toronto Blue Jays and then wasting a good start from JA Happ.
But here we are, three wins later, a bit more comfortable in the playoff picture at 24-21, and the offense/pitching staff is getting in what feels like a coinciding groove we’ve yet to see in 2020. And we’re expected to get Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back next weekend … big, if true.
While you were busy exerting your positive energy doing fun things, you may have overlooked a few aspects about the Yankees that have kind of flown under the radar. Every fan should be on top of these talking points because they could dictate how the season finishes.
3. Luke Voit is very clearly playing through the Foot Stuff
Yankees slugger Luke Voit has a foot injury but doesn’t care.
Guys, Luke Voit is injured. There is no doubt about it. Luckily for him, though, he doesn’t have to move a whole lot playing first base or DHing. He’s exerting most of his energy jogging around the bases thanks to his MLB-leading 16 home runs.
But even on those light trots, it’s clear he’s dealing with a foot injury, which speaks to his dedication. While we have Judge and Stanton on the shelf with mysterious lower-body injuries/muscle tweaks, Voit is out there hobbling on one foot and crushing homers to the opposite field.
All jokes aside, however, this is something to more seriously monitor. We don’t know what this is. Manager Aaron Boone called it “foot stuff” a little while back, and while we were joking about it, it seems to have gotten worse. Though that hasn’t stopped Voit from producing at an MLB-best rate, there has to be concern about the injury.
The Yankees can’t get Judge and Stanton back and then toss Voit on the shelf. This lineup doesn’t work like that. For this team to make a World Series run in an expanded playoff picture, they need to be at full strength (in terms of what’s actually controllable).
It’s awesome Voit is battling through this like a champ, but Boone needs to give him some time off in garbage innings (which he did tonight) moving forward.