Yankees’ Marcus Stroman might’ve fixed their former All-Star infielder

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The Yankees opened their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays last Thursday with a notable lineup change—Gleyber Torres was benched for lack of hustle to first base. His absence was short-lived, however, as he made his way back into the lineup for Game 2 under curious circumstances that might have served as a turning point.

A Critical Play and Stroman’s Reaction

During the game, starting pitcher Marcus Stroman found himself in a tight spot with the bases loaded. He managed to induce a ground ball aimed for a double play, handled first by Anthony Volpe and then by Torres at second base. Unfortunately, Torres was slightly delayed in his throw to first, allowing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to safely reach base, which led to a run scoring. Stroman, visibly frustrated, didn’t hide his feelings, leading to a moment of tension that he later apologized for. Yet, this incident seemed to reignite Torres’ competitive spirit.

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Torres’ Response and Current Season Performance

Since the incident, Torres appears reinvigorated, amassing six hits, a home run, and three RBIs over just 14 plate appearances in three games. Despite this upswing, his season stats of a .226 batting average, eight home runs, and 32 RBIs, coupled with a below-average 89 wRC+, suggest there is still significant room for improvement in his game.

Defensive Challenges and Upcoming Opportunities

Torres’ defensive performance similarly reflects struggles, with a .965 fielding percentage, 11 errors, and negative ratings in defensive runs saved and outs above average. With the All-Star break approaching, Torres has a crucial period to demonstrate improvement and solidify his role on the team.

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Strategic Decisions Ahead for the Yankees

As the trade deadline approaches at the end of July, General Manager Brian Cashman is likely to seek additional talent, making the upcoming weeks pivotal for Torres. His performance could determine whether he remains a vital part of the team or if the Yankees need to explore upgrades at second base.

Upcoming Schedule and Expectations

The Yankees have a day off on Monday before facing the Cincinnati Reds, who are currently struggling in the NL Central. This series presents an excellent opportunity for the Yankees to gain momentum as they head into the All-Star break, potentially setting the stage for a strong second half of the season.

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