Why don’t we add in a troubling home run drought to the list of damning statistics haunting the New York Yankees to start the 2021 MLB season?
Well, throw it in the trash, now!
In what feels like deja vu, the Bombers went down 3-0 in the first inning again to the Cleveland Indians on Friday night in a nightmarish half-frame from Jordan Montgomery.
Thankfully, the offense came alive in the top of the second.
First came Aaron Hicks, who continued his run of success from the right side of the plate. He got the Yanks on the board with a solo shot.
So much for balancing the lineup! Manager Aaron Boone will have to start Hicks every time a lefty is on the mound now.
Indians starter Logan Allen gave up some hard contact in the first inning but escaped unscatched. It all came back around for the lefty.
We thought he’d learn after throwing that hanger to Hicks a few batters ago, but he made the same mistake against Rougned Odor, who obliterated his second homer in pinstripes on a 1-2 count to tie the game.
Savage bat flip, too. Not sure why right fielder Jordan Luplow even moved a muscle. That one was gone the second you heard the crack of the bat.
And what do you know! To complete the trifecta of Yankees Players Batting Under .200 to Hit a Home Run, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 118 MPH dinger off Allen, who tried to sneak a fastball by him, the very next inning.
That one gave the Bombers the lead.
And to reference the stat at the beginning of this article, this is the first game of the season in which New York has hit three home runs in a game. They went their first 18 games without doing so, which was the first that had happened since … 1989.
If this had lasted 43 games, there’d be riots around the world. This is the offense’s DNA.
Whoops, sorry! Make it four! Stanton did it again.
Maybe they’re halfway operational now. But then again, we’ve yet to see a win that’s convinced us there’s a string of “good” on the way.
Snapping a drought like this, however, could do the trick.