At some point, positive signs have to turn into positive results, right?
Derek Jeter is having a great year, and Alex Rodriguez has hit since coming off the disabled list, but the strength of the Yankees lineup is its depth, and for a few weeks the Yankees weren’t getting much from Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher or Robinson Cano. The past few games, those three have hit, and the Yankees need that to continue.
“Everybody,” Jeter said. “We need everybody to swing the bats, especially this time of year. I’m happy to see we’re getting it going, especially Curt hitting home runs. Swish really has been swinging the bat pretty well. It’s great to see the results.”
Swisher’s cold streak came at the end of a hot streak, so it was a little easier to look past it. Cano’s cold stretch came near the end of another very good all-around season, and there was no chance of Cano dropping down in the order. Granderson is the one the Yankees had to worry about because he’s been cold for months, and he’s pretty close to an all-or-nothing guy even on his best days.
After that three-hit, five-RBI game in Baltimore on Sunday, Granderson went deep twice last night.
“Everything still feels the same as it has before,” he said. “It’s just a matter of I wasn’t able to get the consistent contact the way I wanted to. I don’t necessarily feel like I’m locked in by any means now. I didn’t feel like I wasn’t locked in before. Just, something wasn’t executing the way I wanted it to.”
For the Yankees lineup to execute the way they want it to, they need Granderson to hit his homers, they need Cano to be an elite hitter, and they need Swisher to be all-around productive.
“Those are two big bats in our lineup,” Joe Girardi said. “Grandy had a huge night for us, Robbie Cano with the two-run homer as well, Swish hitting the ball off the wall (and) swinging the bat pretty good with a couple hits (Tuesday). It’s really important to our lineup.”
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