The New York Yankees’ offensive struggles are not hidden from the world. Everyone witnessed the team’s downfall a week ago when they failed to generate negligible offensive production. That majorly came as a result of excessive injuries. The team’s leading hitters, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Harrison Bader, served significant time on the injury list, which depleted the team’s depth completely.
However, amid the crisis, one hitter came to the Yankees’ rescue and saved the team from the worst. He is no other than the explosive first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He entered free agency this off-season along with his pal, Aaron Judge, as he did not want to play for a team that Judge was not a part of. However, after the slugger signed an extension contract, the baseman rallied behind him with a two-year contract. Since then, Rizzo has not looked back and has continued his dominance on the plate.
Anthony Rizzo Led The Yankees Offense During Tough Times
All the key hitters of the New York Yankees offensive lineup feel like a pack of cards to injuries. The injury bug gripped the whole team for a short while which rattled the Bombers. However, Anthony Rizzo came to the Yankees’ rescue. He tried to salvage the damage by giving his best on the plate. In the absence of Aaron Judge, the baseman even had to lead the Yankees during crucial matchups. So far, Rizzo has hit .308 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 159 at-bats. Moreover, the baseman is the only Yankee to have featured in 41 out of the 43 games the team played so far.
At a time when most of the injury-prone players kept falling prey to the injury bug, Anthony Rizzo, despite having a troubling injury history, managed to stay afloat. It’s only because of him that the team managed to avoid the worst. Even against the mighty Tampa Bay Rays, the baseman averted a series loss by hitting two gigantic homers. Rizzo’s impact on the struggling Yankees has been nothing short of remarkable. Undoubtedly, Rizzo is the glue that holds the Yankees’ offense together this season, and he will surely play a key role in the team’s success this season.
Rizzo Is The New American League Player Of The Week
MLB has named Yankee baseman Anthony Rizzo as the AL Player of the Week. Last week, the baseman slashed .444 with a 1.315 OPS. Moreover, he also recorded three home runs, one double, three walks, and 10 runs scored. Hence, with these valuable contributions, the Yankee’s baseman managed to outperform his competition and claim the Player of the Week award.
The 33-year-old has played a huge part in the Yankees’ offense this season. Amid injury concerns, Anthony Rizzo made sure the scoreboard kept ticking. Hence, as the Yankees march on from the bottom of the American League East Division, they will bank on the baseman to deliver for the team on crucial occasions. Testing times are ahead for the Bronx Bombers, as competition will just level up from here on.