New York Yankees need Gleyber Torres to remain hot in division games

Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The recent hot streak from All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres has kept the injury-plagued New York Yankees dominant in the American League East.

Another wave of injuries has made its way through the New York Yankees locker room. The team once again is still finding ways to win games with the latest hot player being Gleyber Torres becoming an offensive juggernaut for the team over the past few weeks.

Torres has feasted on pitching over the past few games against the division rival Boston Red Sox with clutch home runs. The 22-year-old infielder was the catalyst during the day-night doubleheader on Saturday helping to create even more separation between the teams in the standings. Torres has seven multi-home run games becoming the second-youngest player in American League history to accomplish that feat.

The interesting stat is that of the 23 home runs this season, and an astonishing 16 have come from within the division. AL East pitching has suffered incredibly against Torres as he seems to be at his best when playing rival teams. It hasn’t mattered where Torres plays defensively in the infield he’s shown consistency to be on the field while teammates have gone down with injuries creating ample opportunities to showcase his talent.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has had to deal with more than his share of injury issues on the team with the most recent problems circulating for Aaron Hicks‘ elbow and Edwin Encarnacion fracturing his wrist. Boone spoke to media after Saturday’s doubleheader addressing his thoughts on the untimely ailments.

“Any time your guys go down, it’s frustrating,’’ Aaron Boone said. “You feel for them. But we’ve dealt with this all season long. Next man up has served us really well. Hopefully, in both cases, they’re back sooner rather than later.”

The Yankees are still without Giancarlo Stanton and Ace starting pitcher Luis Severino but once again continue to plug holes with overachieving talent. The season is in August now, and the real grind begins as the calendar makes the slow turn to Fall, but the top concern for the franchise is the team’s overall health.

As good as the Yankees and Torres have been it’s still concealing the concern for experienced depth heading into October. The postseason is a different type of energy that needs veteran players that are healthy and ready to contribute in the tense moments.

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The fantastic Yankees season could be rudely interrupted if the top talent isn’t available due to injury and Torres will need to keep the same confidence he’s exuding this summer into the cooler season.