LONDON – Exotic place, exquisite timing, simple message.
Could it be more obvious at the official half of the Yankees season that DJ LeMahieu is their most valuable player?
The London series kicked off Saturday night with some crazy new stuff in the midst of absolutely predictable nuances: LeMahieu led the Yankees' 17:13 victory over Red Sox at London Stadium with four hits and five RBIs.
At 53 -28, the Yankees are on pace to finish an astonishing 106-56. And LeMahieu, who conveniently started this game on third base and finished on first base, proving his versatility thanks to a Luke Voit injury, takes a .342 / .390 / .528 slash line.
"Not me, I know what to say," said the ultra-spoken LeMahieu. "I just feel good in a place."
Still a special place after Saturday, as he will forever be the first major leaguer to make a success in Europe. His single to start the game kicked off a first six-in inning that eliminated Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. As a result, reigning World Series champions countered with their first six-lap inning that eliminated Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka.
] "It always helps to attract the leader. DJ gets us on tour, "said Aaron Judge. "He was a fire-plug for us, and getting that first hit out of the way calms everyone's nerves."
LeMahieu has proven to be the ultimate soothing presence, responsible for making the Yankees' offensive profile of all or nothing As a result, the Yankees' ability to meet runners in the scorer's position has become apparent, first and foremost thanks to LeMahieu, who took the lead with a brace of 0.486 / 0.506 / 71
"It's a good routine for me," LeMahieu said of his overall success, "We have such a good set-up, I do not think I have to be the type every day. Relax and press. … Also a few really good stroke trainers promote good routines and promote the reputation of videos.
"I'm just in a good mood and in a good place. Hopefully keep it up.
During this marathon, LeMahieu later admitted with a laugh, some of his teammates asked him if it would bring back memories of Coors Field, where he played his home games with the Rockies in the past seven years.
"I think tonight was more than a match from Coors Field," he said. "I have never played or been part of this."
For the Yankees, everything that makes up LeMahieu is beyond it. He surpassed all expectations and even surpassed Manny Machado, whom many Yankees fans wanted instead of him.
He described the night as "one of those unique experiences". Could the season end the same? In mid-October, it feels terribly special for LeMahieu and the Yankees.