Yankees: 3 underrated aspects of 3-game winning streak

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Luke Voit #59 of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting a one run home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on September 07, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Luke Voit #59 of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting a one run home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on September 07, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

1. Gleyber IS GOOD

Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is fully back. At least it feels like that.

The concerns surrounding Gleyber Torres at the onset of 2020 were legitimate. His struggles on defense, now that he’s taken over the shortstop position full time, were glaring, and his step back on offense seemed to further crush his confidence.

Then, he suffered hamstring and quad strains while running to first base against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 20 and hit the injured list. Perhaps the rest did the 23-year-old some good.

Torres returned to the Yankees on Sept. 5 and has since gone 7-for-21 with three runs scored, a home run, five RBI and four walks. He dragged the Yankees out of their slump on Wednesday with a four-RBI night against the Jays in the team’s 7-2 victory and elevated his OPS to .736 (it was .631 when he went on the IL).

None of that jumps off the page, but when you realize the Yankees are still far from full strength with Judge, Stanton and Gio Urshela out, that means he’s getting hits and walks without a ton of padding in the lineup. He’s getting deep into counts, being more patient, and staying on top of pitches — all of which were largely absent before his IL stint.

Plus, we’ve got no errors since he’s been back!

Keep rocking the glasses, Gleyb.