NEW YORK — No Yankee was happier to see the calendar flip from August than Gleyber Torres, who opened the month studying his identify in commerce rumors and ended it in one of many worst slumps of his profession. September has been rather more promising for the infielder, who says he is poised to make an impression in October.
Torres homered twice on Sunday within the Yankees’ 10-4 rout of the Rays at Yankee Stadium, belting a three-run shot within the first inning and a solo blast within the second. Giancarlo Stanton and rookie Oswaldo Cabrera additionally went deep because the Bombers received for the sixth time in eight video games. They now maintain a 5 1/2 recreation lead within the American League East.
“I feel I’m extra assured,” Torres stated. “In August, I anxious an excessive amount of about myself if I struck out or did not do something for the staff. It looks as if there have been too many issues mentally. Now I can come to the sector with 100% confidence and simply attempt to really feel good.”
The contest marked Torres’ twelfth profession multihomer recreation and his second of the season, having additionally finished so on May 24 vs. Baltimore. Torres is the fourth Yankee to hit 20 or extra homers this season, becoming a member of Aaron Judge (55), Anthony Rizzo (30) and Giancarlo Stanton (26).
“When he is at his greatest, he is a man that lengthens our order and provides us energy,” stated supervisor Aaron Boone. “When he is at his greatest, he is a tricky out in opposition to actually good pitching, too. He’s finished it in his playoff profession to this point, simply being a tricky out and good bat-to-ball, utilizing the entire area. Hopefully this will get him rolling just a little bit for the stretch drive.”
While Torres was happy by his efficiency, he was much more thrilled for his fellow Venezuelan Cabrera, whose second-inning homer was his first within the Majors — a two-run shot that put the Yanks into double digits in runs.
The ball was retrieved for Cabrera by a membership safety official, and the 23-year-old stated he plans to supply it to his prolonged household in Miami.
“I really feel so good, so excited for it,” Cabrera stated. “It feels wonderful. Right now, contained in the clubhouse, we’re feeling so good. We are working collectively.”
This yr had the markings of a bounce-back marketing campaign for Torres, 25, who appeared to be on an All-Star monitor for many of the first half. Although he wasn’t chosen to attend the Midsummer Classic in Los Angeles, it would not have been outlandish; Torres slashed .268/.325/.484 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs via 81 video games.
But Torres’ fortunes turned sharply in August, a month that just about noticed him dealt to the Marlins for right-hander Pablo López. That deal collapsed on the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline, nevertheless it was not Torres’ inclusion that nixed the swap; as a substitute, the Yankees refused to half with infielder Oswald Peraza.
Torres slashed simply .180/.204/.260 in 25 August video games, producing solely 4 extra-base hits — two doubles and two homers.
“In August, I simply missed too many pitches,” Torres stated. “Every pitcher I confronted, they threw me actually good pitches and I missed too many. As a hitter and as a participant, while you battle, you all the time attempt to perform a little bit extra.”
Torres doesn’t consider that the commerce talks have been an element, saying, “At the tip of the day, it is only a enterprise. I simply attempt to play every single day and do my job for the staff.”
This weekend’s divisional showdown with the Rays was productive for Torres, who went 5-for-14 (.357) as New York outscored Tampa Bay, 22-11, throughout the three video games. Even within the Yanks’ Friday evening loss, Torres got here inside a couple of ft of a game-tying homer within the backside of the ninth, which Boone took as an indication of excellent issues to return.
“It’s about getting him into robust positions along with his decrease half,” Boone stated. “I really feel like typically he will get disconnected; that was occurring to him loads in August, the place he acquired that leg kick and will get beneath it. When he will get in that robust hitting place prepared to fireside, he will get off a variety of ‘A’ swings.”
Torres feels that, too, crediting his work within the batting cages and finding out video of opposing pitchers. As such, he stated that this might be a postseason to recollect.
“That is my kind of recreation, these moments,” Torres stated. “I really feel like these video games are essentially the most thrilling video games for any MLB participant. I simply attempt to take pleasure in these moments and attempt to win the sport.”