Gleyber Torres resurgence coming at perfect time for Yankees
By Mike Luciano
The New York Yankees didn’t start off on the right foot this season, and the recent string of injuries certainly hasn’t helped matters out, but the play of Gleyber Torres over the last few weeks has been genuinely encouraging. Considering what a slow start he had, his play has to have been a huge relief.
After a sluggish 2020 season that most wrote off as a byproduct of the unusual pandemic season, Torres couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. He looked lost at the plate, as the bat control and power combination he became known for started to slowly ebb away. However, he has found his stride in the month of May.
In a 7-0 win against the Chicago White Sox, Torres notched two more hits while driving in four runs. Considering this was a day game right after he sent the Yankees to victory by virtue of a walk-off base hit, this is easily the best stretch of baseball we’ve seen from him this year.
Torres, recently off of the COVID-19 list, came into this game hitting .300 in the month of May, and two base hits with four RBI will only add to his fantastic total so far this month. The Yankees’ lineup is starting to crumble around him, so Torres becoming his old self once more should help Aaron Boone breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The Yankees have to be pleased with Gleyber Torres’ bat.
The Yankees’ infield hasn’t been performing as well as they were supposed to up until this point. DJ LeMahieu has been just a bit behind his old MVP-level hitting pace, Luke Voit has struggled since returning from injury, and Rougned Odor hitting below the Mendoza Line effectively cancels out Gio Urshela’s hot start.
Torres was struggling in the field earlier in the season in addition to his woes at the plate, and while he hasn’t turned into Ozzie Smith or Mark Belanger yet, at least his bat has caught up.
The Yankees have kicked it into high gear of late on the mound. Corey Kluber’s no-hitter was one of four consecutive starts in which the Yankees’ starter went seven innings and didn’t allow a single run. Torres is making sure the lineup doesn’t fall behind without Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Hicks.
Torres is more important to this team than most outsiders would believe. If he can return to the All-Star the Yankees saw over the 2018 and 2019 seasons, giving them a power bat that can hit anywhere up and down the lineup, that will be an invaluable asset when the calendar flips to September and October.