The New York Yankees are finding themselves making a drastic shift in the way they build an offense. Their power is coming from the right side of the plate.
Carlos Beltran is gone, and the roles of Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira have been diminished. All of the young kids (Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez) that have been promoted are right-handed. And they are seeing the impact of shifts against hitters.
All of it is leading to a massive change in their lineup structure and offensive output.
More news from around the American League East:
- He only hits home runs (38 of them to be exact), but the Orioles are complaining that Mark Trumbo’s offense is a one-trick pony.
- When the acquired Matt Duffy from the San Francisco Giants, questions arrived about where Rays shortstop Brad Miller would play. They ended up moving him to first base, and now they are very happy with how he has adjusted to the position.
- Could John Farrell have an issue with communicating with his own players?
- It was a terrible start to the 2016 campaign for Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, but he has now turned himself back into a weapon at the dish for Toronto.