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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Didi Gregorius deserves to be an All-Star, but won’t be

When the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius, no one had a single clue of what the Yankees were getting. Everyone knew Gregorius had a solid glove, but the question was always the bat. While Gregorius’ first month in pinstripes was pretty bad, the Yankees shortstop was able to turn things around and become a mainstay in the Yankees’ lineup.
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Through the first three months of the 2016 season, Gregorius is batting a miraculous .290, which is 25 points better than his career high, with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and four stolen bases. Gregorius’ eight home runs is already one away from his career high that he set last year and his four stolen bases are one away from his career high which he also set last year. Gregorius’ .290 batting average is also fourth among qualified AL shortstops.

While Gregorius is having a career year, it’s really hard to see him getting chosen to the All-Star game. Despite having the fourth best batting average among AL shortstops, Gregorius doesn’t rank higher than fifth in any of the offensive categories among AL shortstops. While Gregorius is also stellar with the glove at times, he ranks fourth among AL shortstops in errors while only seventh in innings played. Also with shortstops such as Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, Elvis Andrus and the surprising season of former Yankee Eduardo Nunez, it’s hard for someone like Gregorius to get any recognition.

While he will most likely not be an All-Star in 2016, Gregorius is having a very productive season and I am perfectly fine with him being our shortstop. Considering that all we gave up for Gregorius was Shane Greene (5.27 ERA in 17 games in 2016), I feel like I can already say the Yankees won this trade after only a season and a half. If Gregorius can keep this production up, he can become one of the best shortstops in baseball. 

Article by: Julian Bussells
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