1. DJ LeMahieu is Enduring His Worst Stretch Since …
When the rest of the Yankees decided to hang it up and call it quits at certain points in 2020, fans knew they could rely on The Machine. DJ LeMahieu has been a fan-favorite since the day he stepped into the batter’s box in 2019.
But we regret to inform you that LeMahieu been slumping since last year. In the team’s seven playoff games against the Indians and Rays, DJLM hit under .300 and OPS’ed in the low .600s. Not good, especially for his standards. He led the league in batting average and OPS during the regular season.
Now, in 2021, this is happening? (Quick disclaimer: this was before DJ’s multi-hit night against the O’s on Tuesday).
Is that … a joke? Do you want to feel old? Well, 2013 was DJ’s first full-ish season in the bigs with the Colorado Rockies. He debuted with the Cubs (just 37 games) in 2011 and didn’t get the call in Colorado until the end of May in 2012. In 2013, he met the team in mid-May and played his first season over 100 games.
Now, in Year 11, with the best lineup he’s ever been a part of, he’s slashing .250/.333/.338. It’s only a matter of time before fans start yelling about the six-year, $90 million contract the team decided to give the soon-to-be 33-year-old, simply because they didn’t want to pay him more than $15 million in 2021 in order to avoid the luxury tax threshold.
If there’s one Yankee fans have faith in turning it around, it’s LeMahieu, but he’s enduring the most uncharacteristic slump of his career at the moment.
Like we said, there’s a stat for everything.