Yankees’ Edwin Encarnacion flops in debut however ‘enjoyable’ is to return


The potential is scary-good. The facility ought to be superior. The Yankees are taking their Bronx Bombers nickname to the acute.

On Tuesday, newcomer Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez will probably be joined by rehabbing slugger Giancarlo Stanton. By the weekend, Aaron Decide might be again, making a monster lineup that can strike worry within the opposition.

“Can’t wait to see that,” the brand new Yankee mentioned Monday, earlier than going 0-for-Four in his Stadium debut because the designated hitter in a 3-Zero win over the Rays. “It’s gonna be enjoyable. I do know we’re gonna hit quite a lot of homers and we gonna win quite a lot of video games, too.”

The Yankees landed the Mariners slugger Saturday, in alternate for pitching prospect Juan Then. Whereas they want beginning pitching, it didn’t cease common supervisor Brian Cashman from including what might be one of the best energy bat moved earlier than the July 31 commerce deadline.

“We simply saved it easy,” Cashman mentioned. “Does it make us higher? And it was a convincing, we felt, ‘Sure.’ We felt this was good for us.”

The American League residence run chief, Encarnacion, 36, was stunned to be traded to the Yankees, however not that he was dealt. The Mariners had already traded Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak after struggling mightily following a 13-2 begin. He didn’t count on his subsequent vacation spot to be in The Bronx.

“On the identical time, I prefer it,” mentioned the three-time All-Star, who batted fifth on Monday evening.

There’s lots to love. The Yankees will now function 4 gamers who’ve hit at the least 33 residence runs in a single season, and three who’ve gone deep 42 instances or extra in a single yr. They already featured loads of energy, fourth within the American League with 111 homers.

Encarnacion is within the midst of an enormous yr, already with 21 residence runs and 49 RBIs. He has a .241/.356/.531 slash line and has produced an .888 OPS. He’s hit at the least 32 homers every of his final seven seasons.

When requested concerning the future ensemble, Didi Gregorius smiled broadly, calling it one of the best group of hitters he has ever been part of primarily based.

“The lineup goes to be actually good,” he mentioned. “All I do know is the lineup goes to do quite a lot of injury.”

Supervisor Aaron Boone laughed off a query concerning the Yankees changing into too power-reliant as soon as the playoffs start, when they are going to be dealing with elite pitching. He doesn’t appear involved.

“I would like nice gamers, I would like nice hitters, as a result of as a lot because the narrative will get pushed, a little bit of a false narrative will get pushed concerning the postseason, the way in which do it, you look again on it. The groups that get on base and hit a mistake within the seats and pitch rather well, normally win,” Boone mentioned. “There’s going to be these video games the place you string collectively just a few hits in a row, and that’s the aim. We need to be nearly as good and as properly rounded as we are able to, however I feel it [has become] a fantasy that within the postseason abruptly we’re simply transferring guys alongside and touching the ball.

“Residence runs are nonetheless good in October. So are hits. I like hits, too.”