After dropping to a season low .242 BA this past Monday with an 0-4 w/ 3 K performance, The Horse eased the worries that he was still hurt and started to break out of his extended slump with 2 HR against Tampa on Tuesday. Since then, he's put the slump completely to bed, tucked it in, and started on another hitting hot streak as he led the Yankees to 4 wins in their last 5 games, including a 9-3 shellacking of the Schmets today to win the Subway Series in which he went 4-5 with a run and RBI each.
Since Monday's 0-fer, The Ataur has gone 13-27 over his last 6 games with 4 XBH, 4 RBI, and 7 R scored. Despite the power not being all the way back, A-Rod has fixed the issue with his leg kick, found his timing again, and set the tone for the team's offensive resurgence. As he went earlier in the season, so did the Yankee offense as they rushed out of the gate. As he struggled after the oblique injury, so did the Yankee offense and so did the team as the stumbled through the last couple weeks. And now that he's started to heat up again, the team has won 5 of its last 6.
Jeter and Jorge may still be the official and unofficial team captains, but A-Rod is definitely the leader on the field. He's the official Pied Piper of the Yankee O and if he can keep this going, we should see the Bombers back atop the AL East in no time.
This Day In New York Yankees History 12/22
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