The return of Aaron Judge from the injured list took care of the right field on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, because the Yankees did not activate him not to play when every inning departure in a very strange season counts.
What he did was make Aaron Boone decide between the very productive Clint Fraser, a right-hander who became the third best Yankee player, and the left-hander who hit Brett Gardner in the left field. Boone could also go with his left-handed swing colleague Mike Touchman.
Boone went with Frazier, who entered the game, hitting .350 (7 for-20) with 1,090 OPS and a .440 percentage in the previous six games, over Gardner and Tauchman, who were mired in deep setbacks. Based on where Gardner, who was Fraser̵
Gardner had hit .185 (20-for-108) in 41 games, and Touchman had hit .156 (5-for-32) in the previous 14 games.
Fraser has not only made a difference in the order of the beats, his play on the right field is eons from what it was last year, when summer balls and earth balls were adventures. This, he said recently, has to do with the turmoil he suffered in 2018.
As Boone spoke of Gardner and Tauchman, who “changed the game” in defense, he praised Fraser’s improvement.
“I loved what we saw from Clint. His athleticism is really starting to show for him in the field, “said Boone. “I look forward to seeing him continue to build on what was really good for him.”
While the Yankees have the task of preparing the referee for the post-season period, they also have to balance that the right calf was not injured against him, which limited him to a game from August 12. Boone said the judge would not be on Wednesday. This means that Fraser will probably move from left to right.
Although Boone made a fuss about Fraser’s defense, it wouldn’t be a shock if the manager picked up Fraser for defense in the late inning games, in which the Yankees have the lead.
“It’s possible,” Boone said of using Gardner or Tauchman to protect lead. “With Clint, who went to the left and left field of our stadium and all this land and [Gardner and Tauchman] Play it as well there as changers in defense in defense for us there. “
For too much of Boone’s three-year term, he has failed to put the judge’s name on the board as much as he would like. So, understandably, the referee’s elimination in second place between MVP nominee DJ LeMahieu and switch Aaron Hicks, whose 374 percentage point base helps offset the disappointing 209 currency average, caused Boone’s juices to flow.
“It simply came to our notice then [Wednesday] and see how it all went [Tuesday at the alternate site], his written return to the squad is great, “said Boone, who explained that he did not think much about leaving Luke Voight, who ran the specialties with 18 homers, in second place, which is the home of Gadgets. “Go today and start building these guys [Giancarlo Stanton and Judge] and much closer to being whole. “
As for where Gardner fits in, Boone wasn’t ready to count the 37-year-old.
“I feel that in the last few weeks he has started to move him a little. The results don’t necessarily match what we’ve seen on some of the key things he’s done, “Boone told Gardner, who was 4-for-11 (.364) with .533 on a percentage basis in the previous five games. “There will be opportunities below. A lot can change between now and next week, in three weeks. He is a very important player for us and I expect this to continue. “