It was only a few weeks ago that many Yankees fans were calling to bench Brett Gardner, or at least move him down in the lineup. It wasn’t a totally insane argument: Gardner hit just .210 with one home run in the month of April. Though to be fair, his OBP was still a solid .331. Other fans argued waiting on Gardner, noting the solid OBP on past performance.
Well, it looks like that argument can end for the time being, as the Yankee left fielder turned it on through the month of May.
As other Yankees entered May slumps, Gardner’s resurgence has helped propel the Yankees in winning 11 of their last 12 series. A leadoff hitter with an OBP over .400? That’s what you like to see.
Gardner’s power hasn’t played much of a factor yet this season, he had 11 home runs at this point last year, but past career performance suggests he’ll turn it on at some point. His 4-5 performance with two home runs in the comeback win over Houston says as much. The most important thing for the team is that he’s getting on base at a really solid clip.
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