Luke Voit backed up his impassioned plea about incomes extra taking part in time with the Yankees by slugging his option to a weekly honor.
After declaring final week he “deserves to play simply as a lot as [Anthony Rizzo] does,” Voit was named American League Participant of the Week forward of Monday’s recreation towards the Braves in Atlanta.
Voit was not within the lineup regardless of incomes the award by hitting .476 (10-for-21) with two residence runs, 11 RBIs and a 1.427 OPS in six video games — all victories for the Yankees, who entered this collection with a nine-game successful streak.
“I imply, he’s taking part in nice,” Yanks supervisor Aaron Boone stated earlier than the sport. “I feel the most important factor is he’s wholesome, and we all know what sort of hitter he’s when he’s wholesome. He’s clearly gotten some huge hits for us.
“In what was an excellent week for us, he was proper in the midst of a whole lot of that. So it’s simply good to see. I really feel like he’s taking higher and higher at-bats on a regular basis. And simply being wholesome and we all know, once more, what he can do when he’s wholesome.”
After main the majors in residence runs in 2020 — with 22 within the pandemic-shortened 60-game slate — Voit has appeared in simply 42 video games this season resulting from three IL stints resulting from knee or indirect illnesses.
Throughout his most up-to-date sidelining, the Yanks acquired Rizzo from the Cubs forward of the commerce deadline, primarily to play first base. He obtained off to a robust begin with three homers in his first 9 video games earlier than touchdown on the COVID-19 injured listing on Aug. 8.
When Rizzo was set to be activated final week, nevertheless, Voit declared “I’m not taking place. I need to play and I need to play simply as a lot as [Rizzo] does.” That confidence clearly has translated nicely since each gamers have been on the roster on the similar time over the previous week.
“I feel Luke’s assured, even normally when he’s not going nice,” Boone stated. “He’s nonetheless normally very assured. He is aware of what he’s able to on the plate.
“When he’s at his finest, he controls his zone nicely and hits the ball onerous. That’s a great mixture if you happen to’re a hitter. However there’s no query that he’s risen to the event, I feel, as these video games have develop into crucial for us.”