ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Yankees insisted they’d a plan for Luke Voit as soon as Anthony Rizzo got here off the COVID-19 injured listing and Voit would not function the on a regular basis first baseman.
Regardless of the plan is, it’s not working, as Voit has been unproductive over his previous eight video games since Rizzo’s return.
Getting into Wednesday’s sequence finale towards the Angels, Voit was simply 2-for-17 with a homer, one RBI, two walks and eight strikeouts.
Throughout that stretch, Voit was solely within the beginning lineup thrice.
And it comes after Voit went on a tear whereas getting common taking part in time.
In his seven video games main as much as his decreased function, Voit was 13-for-26, with seven runs, three doubles, three homers, 13 RBIs, a stroll and 5 strikeouts.
Not coincidentally, the Yankees went 7-0 in these video games.
Voit made plain his want to remain within the lineup previous to Rizzo’s return, saying, “I need to play simply as a lot as [Rizzo] does.”
The customarily outspoken Voit later partially walked again these feedback, however his plea to supervisor Aaron Boone to “discover me some constant at-bats” hasn’t come to fruition.
He served as a pinch hitter in three straight video games early on the highway journey and once more on Monday and Tuesday in Anaheim. He’s 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and two strikeouts in these appearances.
That contrasts to his 15-for-37 in his previous 10 video games within the beginning lineup.
Voit additionally had 12 RBIs in his previous eight begins, 14 in his final 10 and 18 over his final 15 begins heading into Wednesday.
Boone mentioned he stays assured Voit is in a superb place and hasn’t been impacted by the decreased function, noting that he’s at the least gotten a plate look in seven straight video games.
“I like the place he’s been and his preparation,’’ Boone mentioned earlier than Wednesday’s sport, when Voit began at DH. “I believe he’s dealt with it nicely. His at-bats have been common sufficient. I count on him to be an enormous contributor this last month.”
It’s laborious to argue that with Voit wholesome — now that his left knee lastly appears OK — the Yankees’ finest lineup has Voit because the DH, with Rizzo at first and with Aaron Decide in middle and Joey Gallo and Giancarlo Stanton within the corners.
However the Yankees have gone with the lefty-swinging Brett Gardner for a superior defensive lineup and Gardner has chased down a number of fly balls within the hole and been serviceable on the plate.
Nonetheless, it’s laborious to argue the offense probably would have been extra productive with Voit — who received AL Participant of the Week because of his efficiency when Rizzo was out — in the midst of it.
And as Rizzo has slumped for a lot of his time since getting back from COVID and Gallo has been dreadful as a Yankee, they may nonetheless use Voit — even with a deeper lineup.
After three totally different stints on the IL this season — sidelined by left knee meniscus surgical procedure, left knee irritation and a hamstring damage, the Yankees are lastly getting the manufacturing out of Voit they noticed final 12 months, when he led the majors with 22 homers.