If you’ve seen my tweets at all, you probably know I have a long history of hating on Tyler Wade.
Get Tyler Wade out of my life
— Stanzo (@ncostanzo24) July 22, 2021
I say both of these things wholeheartedly
Aaron Hicks should retire from baseball
Tyler Wade was never good enough to play in MLB
— Stanzo (@ncostanzo24) April 29, 2021
No reason to be upset with a 4-2 week. But there’s still a couple Yankees to send to the sun.
Wade may have scored the winning run today but he’s still not MLB caliber. Almost took Ford off for his heroics yesterday, but with Luke coming back I have no desire to watch him play pic.twitter.com/3sTJrBXazM
— Stanzo (@ncostanzo24) May 9, 2021
We could sit here all day listing my Wade hate tweets. I hated having him on the roster. Yes, he’s always been versatile defensively, fast, and handsome. But he couldn’t hit a lick. Well, I have to eat some serious crow, because Tyler Wade has actually been extremely good of late.
In the month of August, Wade is 15-34 with a 1.084 (!!!!) OPS, 9 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Sure, it’s a 16-game sample size. I’m not saying the guy’s gonna be the second coming of A-Rod.
Tyler Wade after I tweet that he shouldn’t be in MLB pic.twitter.com/TD3JoU5VNr
— Stanzo (@ncostanzo24) May 16, 2021
But regardless, I’ve been waiting forever to see SOMETHING offensively from this guy. He’s a bench piece, I don’t expect him to light it up. Let’s look at his OPS+ by month. If you’re unaware, OPS+ compared your OPS to the league average. 100 is average, 90 is 10% below average, 110 10% above, etc.
This isn’t sustainable, but he deserves the props. Wade hasn’t just been serviceable, he’s legitimately killing it.
Tyler Wade has accumulated the most WAR (1) on the Yankees since the 7/30 trade deadline.
Behind him in this time frame are Judge (.8), Giancarlo (.7), DJ (.6), Gardy (.5), Luke (.5), Rizzo (.3), Gallo (.2), Gleyber (.2), and Andrew Velazquez (.1). pic.twitter.com/avjHVHyPUs
— Joe! (1.078 xTWEET) (@Yankeelibrarian) August 23, 2021
Expect Wade to continue to see a lot of action, not only as a utility infielder, but in the outfield as well. Fingers crossed he can continue to contribute in a big way.
What’s your take on Tyler Wade? Comment below or tweet me @ncostanzo24