It may not of been noticed, but New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been extremely hot of late, really ramping it up since the calendar turned to July.
He is 10-for-26 in July, a .385 average. Three of those ten hits have left the yard, and all were last weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With two hits in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays, his average rose above .250 on the season and is now around his career average. Gardner has also been hitting over .300 since he threw his helmet against the dugout wall and it came back to hit him in the face. That was almost a month ago in Cleveland.
The 35 year old lefty still has some wheels with eight stolen bases, and has just 50 strikeouts. He still is great at fighting off close pitches, and it makes him a tough out to an extent.
His glove has been pretty good, I just wish that sometimes he would be a bit more aggressive when diving for balls. His arm has continued to be awful, and can’t make a throw to save his life. But, that’s never gonna change.
Brett Gardner has been real good for the Yankees of late. His play along with clubhouse presence makes a significant impact on the team.