Brett Gardner has been running lately. He seemed to be taking a bag every game early in the season, then he slowed down, and now he’s stolen a base in four of his past seven starts.
“Early in the season I was getting on base a lot and running a lot, and my legs just got a little tired,” he said. “With Curtis (Granderson) out, I didn’t want to push the issue. I need to start running more. I wish I had been running more recently in the last several weeks, but I will. When we need me to try to get into scoring position, I’ll try to. I’m healthy, and I was healthy, it’s just a matter of trying to be smart.”
I wrote this weekend about what it’s like to watch Gardner as he takes his lead off first base. Everyone in the building knows what might happen, but only Gardner knows what will happen. Even Joe Girardi has no idea when he’s going to run.
“With my speed I should probably be more successful than I am,” Gardner said. “It’s all a matter of learning the pitchers. It’s not about stealing as many bases as you can. I don’t like getting thrown out, so I don’t want to steal too many bases and get thrown out 20 times.”
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