The move lets the Yankees put a potent bat before they turn over their lineup with Brett Gardner at the top and potential MVP choice Aaron Judge hitting second. Accordingly, Yankees starting pitchers will hit eighth.
Torres has been one of the brightest spots for the Yankees in what’s been a remarkable season.
Ranked the sixth best prospect in the game according to Baseball America, Torres has hit .302 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 40 games.
But he had been in a rut of late.
Prior to going 2-for-3 Friday including a clutch eighth-inning single that set up Brett Gardner’s go-ahead home run the 21-year-old Venezuela native had just seven hits in his last 32 at-bats (.219) in his previous eight games entering Friday night. He had struck out nine times, or nearly in 30 percent of those at-bats.
Gorkys Hernandez (R), 7 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Jordan Lyles): Lyles is a hurler you want to attack. Not only has he been tagged for multiple homers in four of his past six starts, but he’s allowed a whopping 27 hits over his past 17 1/3 innings. The right-hander has shown reverse splits this season (.323/.353/.543), which suits Hernandez just fine (.309/.350/.509 vs. RHP).
According to Jon Heyman of FRS Baseball, three teams could emerge: Houston, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Here’s what Heyman wrote about possible interest from the Astros and Indians–and how it’s impacting Britton.
Zach Britton is in a weird spot. I’m basically showcasing myself, he told Orioles media. The Astros, who thought they had a trade for Britton at last year’s first deadline, remain interested, according to sources. The Indians, who were heavy on Britton last year, are, too.
As for the Phillies?A need in the bullpen and longtime connection to Britton could facilitate a deal.
Zach Britton was also a favorite of the Orioles execs who drafted him and now are running the Phillies. Might be something to keep an eye on.
Britton, 30, has pitched 4.1 scoreless innings since being activated from the disabled list. With five strikeouts, Britton’s swing-and-miss ability is there, but command has been lacking–including four waks. Since the start of the 2017 season, Britton’s 1.55 SO/BB ratio is far from impressive. From 2014-2016, when the lefty was on top of the sport, his SO/BB ratio sat at 3.91.