NEW YORK – The New York Yankees bounced back from their loss on Sunday afternoon where they stranded a plethora of base runners and beat the Detroit Tigers, 7-3. One of the key contributors to the victory was Chase Headley, who drove in the first two runs of the game for the Yankees.
Since the acquisition of Todd Frazier and the looming thought that Headley might be replaced entirely from the Yankees’ lineup, the 33-year-old switch hitter has not disappointed playing at first base.
Chase Headley is the best of the 327 first basemen the Yankees have used this year.
After Monday night’s victory, Headley is now 15-for-35 with five RBI’s and four extra base hits. To go along with that, he has a perfect fielding percentage in his 13 games played at first so far.
It appears as though the added pressure to Headley has helped him produce more for the Yanks – and the fact that he is no longer pressed with having to make strenuous throws from third base anymore.
Overall, Headley has been mostly consistent in every month this season, aside from his brutal month of May. He slashed .165/.211/.235 dropping his season batting average to .230. In all the other months that he has played this season, his lowest batting average was .296.
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With Headley firing on all cylinders, this Yankees’ lineup is only more lethal. On Tuesday, CC Sabathia takes on Anibal Sanchez as the Yankees will look to carry on their end of July success into the latter part of the season.