The Yankees have not won five in a row this season. They’ve won four in a row, and they’ve won five of six, but this afternoon they have a chance to build their longest winning streak of the season. Just a few days ago, this offense couldn’t beat anyone. Now the lineup is scoring in bunches.
“I’ve said all along that these guys haven’t been great hitters all along by accident,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s not something that they rolled into one year and all of a sudden became good hitters. These guys have been doing it year after year after year and eventually, things are going to even out.”
It’s true, Girardi has been saying that all year. He’s said it to the point of irritation. But Raul Ibanez got himself turned around. Then Robinson Cano got hot. Now Mark Teixeira is starting to drive the ball. A four-game winning streak isn’t enough to say the offense has everything figured out, but it’s a reminder that this lineup can be awfully good when it’s hitting.
“You want your big guys to do a lot of damage, and they’ve done that,” Girardi said. “And it just also means the other guys are getting on base.”
Lately, most of the focus — for better and for worse — has been on Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, but there’s a reason Cano is in the middle of the order. At his best, Cano’s still the centerpiece of this lineup, and it’s no coincidence that he’s hitting that way while the Yankees are winning.
“I’m so impressed with Robby, because I think the sky’s the limit,” Teixeira said. “He had a little slow start. It’s not going to be the last time if he has a long, illustrious career, and he bounced back really quick, which was great.”
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