The Yankees are coming down to the wire to make a playoff push. Thanks to Gary Sanchez the Yankees had an impressive month of August in which they went 17-11. He has since cooled off which was to be suspected. Sanchez kept up the pace as long as he could, and still proves that he will be a force moving down the stretch, but now more then ever the Yankees could use someone to surprise them and get hot. Now look at Tyler Austin.
In Sunday’s game versus the Orioles Austin appeared more confident at the plate, and approached the plate better by laying off pitches down and in and using the count to his advantage. Something that Austin has always been good at is squaring up the ball, but since being in the Majors he has struggled to make solid contact; however, on Sunday he started squaring the ball up again. Though he went just 1-4 he made solid contact all day and laced a frozen rope to Mark Trumbo which resulted in an error. Today, Austin continued squaring up the ball going 2-3 with 2 doubles, one which almost left the park, and 2 runs batted in.
The Yankees have suffered a lack of production from the first base position all season with Tex struggling. Now, more than ever the Yankees could use a bat to surprise them and get hot. Austin proved in AAA he has the potential to spray the ball all over the field, and hit for a high average with some pop. He has had better at bats than Aaron Judge and now that he is squaring up the ball he could help the Yankees in a strong playoff push, and help solidify a spot on the roster for himself next season.