Didi Gregorius powered his way out of the gate for the New York Yankees in April, posting a .330/.422/.739 slash line with 29 hits, 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. Yankee fans were witnessing the performance of his career, especially with the rate of home runs he was swatting.
In a terrible twist of fate, Gregorius found himself in the worst slump of his career in May. He told Greg Joyce of the New York Post: “I’m just not getting hits.”
In perhaps the sharpest plunge in a one month span in baseball history, Gregorius finished May at .151/.186/.215 with one home run and five RBIs. He had 14 hits in all of May.
The good news is that baseball is a long season and every day is an opportunity climb to another peak and it appears that Gregorius is doing just that.
In his last 15 games, Gregorius is batting .328/.381/.483 with 19 hits, three home runs and six RBIs, outpacing his numbers for May by a wide margin.
“I just feel like he’s getting back into a strong position more consistently now,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s kind of rocking back with that little tap that he’s got. I feel like he’s in a really strong position to really impact the ball. I feel like he’s laying off some pitches more so than he was before.”
Gregorius provides the left-handed pop at the top of the lineup when things are going well. On Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, he hit his 14th home run of the season out of the three spot in the lineup, in between the heavy hitters Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Gregorius and the Yankees are surging in June. The Yankees have a 45-20 record and lead the Boston Red Sox in the division by a full game. Gregorius is on the upswing, and poised to pick up where he left off in April and have a glorious second half of the season.