Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gardner making the most of his chance

Brett Gardner finally got a real chance at a starting job with the New York Yankees and is making the most of it.

Even though his hitting streak was snapped at 11 games last night, the Yankees outfielder still knocked in a run. Gardner is hitting .333 with 13 walks, 14 stolen bases and 24 runs scored. He is constantly on base, which is a major reason why Derek Jeter has a chance to break his personal best-RBI total of 102, with 22 ribbies already this season. Plus, Gardner is hitting more than .300 against left-handed pitching, which will help keep him in the regular line-up whenever Curtis Granderson recovers from his injury.

Manager Joe Girardi couldn't be more pleased. He is a big Gardner fan, fully appreciating the havoc his young outfielder wreaks on the bases. Girardi is also thankful for how Gardner stepped up at the bottom of the lineup, constantly on base for Jeter to drive him in while the Yankees were waiting for sluggers Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to get hot.

Gardner has surpassed all expectations so far this season, giving the Yankees a very powerful weapon against the competition and proving he can be a solid player in the big leagues.

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