Nope, if one asks Gardner about his newfound strength at the plate, he’ll just talk about setting up his teammates. He’s not trying to hit bombs.
“My job is to get on base hitting at the top of the lineup,” Gardner told Sporting News. “[I want to] bring energy to the lineup every day and do my best to get on base for those guys behind me. Sometimes when I get good pitches to hit, take a good swing, maybe it goes over the fence, maybe it goes into the gap for a double or a triple. That’s my goal — get on base for those guys and score runs.”
Be that as it may, Gardner is hitting the ball out of the park more than he ever has before. This is only the third time he’s hit double-digit longballs in his 10-year career, and, prior to 2017, his career-high was 17.
With two months left in the season, he’s got a solid chance of belting 25, if not more.
The platoon situation at first base seems to be sidelined, as the Yankees sent down Garrett Cooper to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Monday’s loss to Detroit. Cooper was getting fewer at-bats while Headley was thriving at the plate.
Headley, known as an above-average defender at third base, has actually done pretty well at the opposite corner. After making just a handful of appearances at the position during his Lakers Cheap Jerseys first 10 years in the majors, Headley has yet to make a single error this season at the position.
“I think he just found himself again,” Girardi added.
The Yankees are 16-9 since the All-Star break, including a 9-3 record in games Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys that Headley has played first in or pinch-hit in since the trade, and now have a half-game lead over the Red Sox at the top of the AL East.