Joey Gallo’s gone, but the Yankees’ outfield issues aren’t

ST. LOUIS — It appears as if the Yankees have changed Joey Gallo in the outfield with … Joey Gallo.

With Gallo now with the Dodgers, Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-23 with simply an infield single earlier than a double in a loss Friday evening to the Cardinals and Aaron Hicks slipped into an 0-for-29 stoop, getting into Saturday with out an extra- base hit since July 9.

After the sport Friday, supervisor Aaron Boone addressed each potential considerations, with Giancarlo Stanton and newly acquired Harrison Bader on the injured checklist.

Boone expressed no issues with Benintendi, saying the outfielder, picked up from the Royals earlier than final week’s commerce deadline, saying, “He’s the final man you are worried about. He’s such a great hitter.”

Still, two hits in 33 plate appearances, with only one extra-base hit, will not be what the Yankees had been anticipating once they acquired the 28-year-old for the stretch run.

His eight walks by way of Friday are encouraging, but his lack of energy all through the season has been a shock.

Andrew Benintendi and Aaron Hicks
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Benintendi completed his time in Kansas City this season with simply three homers, though he obtained on base rather a lot — which is why the Yankees had been considering buying him.

Some scouts believed his energy would possibly tick up as soon as he obtained to the Yankees, given their choice for hitting the ball in the air.

Benintendi has hit extra fly balls since coming to The Bronx (31.6 % in comparison with 24.5), but his ground-ball charge has additionally jumped from 45.6 % with the Royals to 52.6 as a Yankee.

The numbers are extra regarding for Hicks, who Boone stated had “struggled the final couple of weeks from the left facet.”

On the season, Hicks is hitting simply .209 with a .642 OPS as a lefty hitter getting into play Saturday and the outcomes have not been a lot better from the proper facet.

The lack of manufacturing from Hicks definitely performed a task in the Yankees’ determination to commerce Jordan Montgomery, who began Saturday for the Cardinals, to St. Louis for Bader — even with Bader out no less than till subsequent month with plantar fasciitis, with no assure he’ll be efficient in the postseason.

It’s a continuation of a troubling downside for Hicks and the Yankees, who’ve three extra years after this one invested in the 32-year-old who hasn’t had a full, productive season since 2018.

Ideally, the hope for the Yankees can be that Bader returns to well being earlier than the playoffs, which might permit them to play him in middle, with Benintendi in left and Aaron Judge in proper.

That would go away Stanton at DH after he recovers from left ankle tendinitis.

Harrison Bader
Harrison Bader

Matt Carpenter has additionally been utilized in the outfield to maintain his torrid lefty bat in the lineup.

The right-handed swinging Bader was additionally having a tough season at the plate with a career-worst OPS of .673 in 264 plate appearances.

The Yankees, although, did not purchase Bader for his bat.

They’re assured his elite defensive expertise in the outfield can be essential in October.

For now, although, with Bader out, Benintendi slumping and Hicks in the midst of one other down season, it isn’t laborious to see why the workforce’s offense has been down.

Gallo, in the meantime, is attempting to reset his profession with the Dodgers, as the failure of his commerce from Texas to the Yankees final season continues to resonate.

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