Yankees slugger Luke Voit, after guaranteeing a Game 5 win, already wants revenge on the Rays.
The New York Yankees were, once again, bounced from the playoffs before reaching the World Series in a season where many believed they had a prime upper hand to capture championship No. 28.
But they ran into the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, lost in five games, and now more questions than answers remain. One of those questions has surrounded slugger Luke Voit, who’s been the subject of trade chatter among analysts and pundits who believe the Yankees need to make a momentous change.
Well, Voit’s acting as if he’ll be with the 2021 Yankees because he’s ready to get revenge on the Rays as soon as possible.
“They are a feisty bunch of hitters. They kind of play small-ball, find a way to get guys over, bunt and going first to third,” Voit said, via the New York Post. “Their pitching depth is unbelievable. You have to give them some credit. They will bring their closer in the fourth inning just to get through the part of our lineup. It’s a different philosophy, but it is working.
“They took it to us, but you know what? We are going to be back next year and get after it. But at the end of the day, you have to tip your cap even though it is frustrating and not what we want as Yankee nation.’’
On top of guaranteeing a Game 5 win, Voit batted just .111/.200/.333 and struck out six times in the ALDS against Tampa. Though he had an MVP-caliber regular season, his foot issues seemingly caught up to him and slowed him down when the Yankees’ bats needed his lumber the most.
But he cannot be faulted. He carried this team during the regular season and sparked the 10-game winning streak in early September after calling out the collective effort. That’s why Yankees fans love this guy and will be devastated to see him go in a trade.
He’s already out for retribution against the Rays. The Yankees absolutely need this energy given all the soft-spoken players on the roster. If he goes this offseason, you’ll be hearing a lot of groans from the fanbase.