Ibanez is hitting .308/.379/.731 in May. Robinson Cano is hitting .361/.410/.597. Alex Rodriguez has a .387 on-base percentage, but he’s hitting for no power. Curtis Granderson has five home runs, but he’s struck out 21 times. Derek Jeter is hitting for average but not much else.
There are bits and pieces that have gone according to plan, but as a team, the Yankees rank 22nd in baseball in runs scored this month. They’ve scored one more run than the Twins. If they hadn’t, the Yankees would be this month’s lowest-scoring team in the American League.
“There’s a lot of great hitters in this lineup,” Ibanez said. “We’re going to hit.”
The Yankees players and coaches have been saying that for a while now.
Out of this ugly stretch of games, Ibanez has emerged. In the month of April, he hit more or less the way he did last season. Didn’t get on base much, but he showed decent power against right-handers. This month he’s been one of the driving forces in a malfunctioning lineup. Playing time might have helped. Because the Yankees have faced a lot of right-handers, Ibanez has been in the lineup more regularly and is just six at-bats shy of last month’s total.
“That definitely helps,” Ibanez said. “Being in the lineup a lot, we’ve had a string of a lot of righties in a row and that’s definitely nice, but either way you’ve got to be ready and try to be productive when you’re in there.”
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