Is Tyler Austin a guy now?
Has the five-time first baseman outfielder proven to be a charm for the fifth time?
It might be too early to make an official judgment. There is no need to do this now. But has any Yankee done as much as Austin in this opening month?
The Yankees defeated the Twins Wednesday night, outlasting their never-ending punching bags 7-4 in a foggy Yankee Stadium, and Austin earned the first star of the game by excelling on both sides of the game. If this marks his last game before he starts suspension for his role in a bank-robbing beating on April 11 against the Red Sox in Boston, then he let her want more.
"He's a big hitter, I've seen that for years in the minor leagues," said Aaron Richter. "He's a major league player and he shows it."
"We won this game because TA played with both the glove and the bat," said Austin Romine
In the lower third of the third innings, Austin's three-run homer broke against Minnesota starter Lance Lynn a 2-2 tie, and he added a seventh-inning double for hits and giggles.
And in the top of seventh, when the twins actually made interesting by Rafael Austin chased a run and charged the bases, chased a Robbie Grossman pop into the foul area and caught him.
"This hook slips into the corner, loading bases, changing the game," Romine said. "It saves our pitchers with a series of pitches."
Salute Austin for turning Greg Bird's recent injury absence into a virtual non-issue. Remember, he was ready to start the season at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre before Bird went down again.
And probably mark him as a guy. An asset. Someone who the Yankees can count on should experience more injuries. Or maybe even a trade tile when the Yankees begin their inevitable search for another take-off pitcher. You get that kind of respect when you start the season cut .305 / .379 / 661
I feel pretty good, "said Austin." The big thing is just trying to go out there and compete, not get caught in the moment, big or small. Just try to get the ball into play. Sonny Gray did not get the win on Wednesday because he only took 4 ² / ₃ innings, gave up three runs and went five while beating four, he is still considered a problem,
no matter how much he and Aaron Boone attempted to portray this as a positive step after his two terrible beginnings, the Yankees (11 goals) and Bullpen offensive (one of them over 4 ¹ / ₃ innings) saved him, and the Yankees swore That service depth would be a hallmark of this team, and so far this has come to fruition.
Remember what happened in 2017 when Bird missed the bulk of the season with a right ankle injury? First base turned into a basement hole where Chris Carter, Ji-Man Choi, Garrett Cooper and Austin (quite often literally) used their opportunities. "Last June, Austin – who seasoned the season with a tapped ochenen left ankle on the 60-day disabled list began – for triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre so bad that the Yankees decided to continue with the human windmill Carter over him
Overall, Austin rose this season with one .236 / .294 / .447 slash line in 51 games with a total of 136 record appearances. While he showed a talent for timely punishment, that did not hide the overall below-average numbers he set in offensive positions.
Now he is producing at an offensive position; His Homer Off Lynn was particularly notable because he fell deep into a 0-and-2 hole. Well, he could just be a guy.
"He was one of the pieces that really helped and helped us to win ball games," said Boone, and it did not take a spin to make that accurate assessment.