Melky Cabrera has hit .293 with three homers and eight RBI in the 11 games since Brett Gardner went on the disabled list. He has a .990 OPS and has struck out only twice. He also has played every inning in center field.
I have to admit, I was dead wrong about Melky. I thought when they sent him down last August that he was cooked as an everyday player. But he worked on his right-handed swing, got in better shape and he has been a new man this season.
It’s forget he’s actually younger than Gardner.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the Yankees need Gardner back. He has a lot of value. But there is no disputing the great job Melky has done.