Yankees still waiting for Giancarlo Stanton to heat up

TORONTO — Giancarlo Stanton has made a behavior of getting sizzling within the postseason. The Yankees need to hope he’s ready to take action once more this 12 months.

The designated hitter struck out 4 instances Tuesday in a 5-2 division-clinching win over the Blue Jays and is 1-for-17 with 11 strikeouts in his final 4 video games.

Extra alarmingly, after driving in three runs on Aug. 25, in his first recreation again after a stint on the injured listing with left Achilles tendinitis that started in late July, Stanton has principally been a multitude. He entered Tuesday 13-for-87 (.149), with a double, 4 homers, 11 RBIs, 11 walks and 35 strikeouts to associate with an OPS of simply .544 in 24 video games.

The notoriously streaky Stanton is operating out of time to get himself proper for the postseason.

Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned, relating to Stanton’s stoop, the staff will proceed to “trip it out.”

Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton
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“We’re simply looking for that good stretch, that good timing to the place — we’ve seen it occur in a single day,” Boone mentioned. “When he locks it in, he turns into nearly as good and harmful because it will get. Hopefully he can get there.”

Stanton, as Boone famous, has had “flashes,” together with a game-winning grand slam in The Bronx on Sept. 20 and a three-hit recreation two nights later, however he’s hitting .059 over his previous 4 video games.

“He’s gotten a pair large hits [and] a pair large homers for us,” Boone mentioned. “However for essentially the most half, it’s been a wrestle to get all the way in which again to that time. We’re going to maintain working at it and hope it clicks right here quickly.”

And his foot and ankle have been “an element,” in keeping with Boone.

“However I additionally really feel prefer it’s not one thing that ought to restrict him from discovering it and nonetheless being a wrecking ball as soon as he will get going,” Boone mentioned. “I believe he was fairly disciplined and affected person about that and being clear about when he was prepared to come back again. I believe he realizes he’s gotta do it when it’s not excellent. He’s working laborious to get to that time.”

Now that the Yankees have clinched the AL East Tuesday, Boone mentioned he would look to get gamers days off.

“Now we’ll begin to be strategic,’’ Boone mentioned.

Requested earlier than the sport if Aaron Decide, nonetheless one in need of Roger Maris’ AL document of 61 house runs, would relaxation on Wednesday in Toronto earlier than the Yankees have Thursday off, Boone mentioned, “We’ll see.”

Decide hasn’t missed a recreation since Aug. 3 and Boone bristled at questions concerning the slugger’s workload earlier than the sport.

“You’re actually pushing for an off day for Decide,’’ Boone mentioned. “You normally get on me for resting him.”

Boone additionally famous he wished to get Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman extra work earlier than the top of the common season, more likely to decide their readiness for the playoffs.

Kyle Higashioka began Tuesday behind the plate for simply the fourth time since Sept. 18 and had three hits, two runs and a flyout to deep proper discipline.

“I simply form of wish to maintain them each going,’’ Boone mentioned of catchers Higashioka and Jose Trevino. “[Trevino] has taken lots of hits, foul balls and issues. He’s doing tremendous, however wished to verify I protect him. [Higashioka’s] been enjoying properly when he’s had his probabilities, too.”

Higashioka has had a tough 12 months offensively, however is 6-for-13 with a double, three runs and 4 RBIs in his previous 4 begins.

Harrison Bader wasn’t within the lineup on Tuesday for the second time in 5 video games. Boone mentioned the Yankees have been being cautious and didn’t wish to play him three straight days on the bogus turf at Rogers Centre after Bader lately got here again from plantar fasciitis.

Bader entered as a defensive substitute for Oswaldo Cabrera within the seventh.

“It’s a part of his return [plan],’’ Boone mentioned of the middle fielder the Yankees received from the Cardinals in alternate for lefty Jordan Montgomery. “He’s accomplished rather well.”

Requested if further days off could be one thing the Yankees would contemplate for Bader within the playoffs, Boone mentioned, “I don’t anticipate that.”

“The best way he’s responded to this point has been all good,’’ Boone mentioned. “I’m taking a look at [Tuesday] as form of the final of it. Clearly, we’ll take heed to him and if one thing pops up, we’ll watch out with it.”

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