Yankees Bench Players Come Up Big In Series Against The Orioles

Saturday, April 7, is the day I officially became a Ronald Torreyes fan. After years of just admiring him for his versatility and wit, it was his bat in the weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles that finally won my heart.

Saturday was a day where New York Yankees‘ Giancarlo Stanton walked twice and Aaron Judge merely doubled in a pair off of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman, but the offense was largely produced by players like Brett Gardner, Jace Peterson, Torreyes and Austin Romine.

While the heavy hitters were largely quiet on Saturday, Gardner and the bench players provided plenty of offensive punch in the 8-3 victory.

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Gardner reached base in all five plate appearances against Tillman on Saturday and scored a run.  He is the spark plug for this offense and is batting .238/.347/.704 in 42 at-bats. Gardy noted to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that due to injuries:

“Our depth has been tested a little bit, but we do have good depth. We’ll be all right.”

And the depth proved him correct all weekend.

Peterson had a disappointing spring at the plate, but coming up from Scranton to bolster the roster on Saturday, he made impact plays in the field as well as at the plate going 1-3 with an important hit to continue a rally in the sixth inning of Saturday’s win. On Sunday, Peterson went 2-6 with one strike out in the 8-7 loss, for a .333/.400/.333 line for the weekend.


Romine, who was in for the resting Gary Sanchez, singled and scored on Saturday, picking up one RBI.  On Sunday, Romine was an offensive juggernaut, going 3-5 with 3 RBIs.  Romine is batting .400/.438/.400 on the young season.

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Ronald Torreyes, who is the most versatile player on the team, played a solid game at second base for the under-the-weather Tyler Wade and went 3-4 out of the nine hole on Saturday. On Sunday, Torreyes went 1-3 with a double and one RBI.  He’s batting .357/.357/.500 in 14 at-bats off the bench this season.

I’m all in on Torreyes, whose contact with the ball is refreshing when the big guns are not firing. The big guns did not fire over the weekend, and no home runs accounted for the 8 runs in the game on Saturday.

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The sluggish start to the season that Stanton, Judge and Sanchez have all experienced to one degree or another, was picked up by the consistent good at-bats off the bench during the Orioles’ series. As Gardner said, the depth was tested a little this weekend, and it passed with flying colors.