The New York Yankees offense has lots of high-profile names, but is far from being one of the best in the game.
It is full of underachieving players and banged-up former stars, with a couple of exceptions, of course.
One of the underachieving hitters is Gleyber Torres.
After a fast start, he has slowed down considerably and his OPS is at .766.
That’s not bad at all, but a player with Torres’ talent is expected to do a bit more.
Still, it’s fair to say he hasn’t been the problem this year.
A true problem for him, however, has been double-play balls.
He has repeatedly ruined potential rallies by grounding into double plays, and that has affected the offense as of late.
“Gleyber Torres has grounded into 6 double plays in the last 6 games. That’s the most GIDPs by a Yankee in any 6-game span in team history,” stats expert Katie Sharp tweeted.
Gleyber Torres has grounded into 6 double plays in the last 6 games. That’s the most GIDPs by a Yankee in any 6-game span in team history
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 16, 2023
As of Wednesday afternoon, Torres is tied for fourth in MLB with 17 GIDP (grounded into double play) this season.
Only Carlos Correa (23), Ty France (20), and Wander Franco (18) have done it more often than Torres, who is tied with Nolan Arenado, William Contreras, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and George Springer.
He could do a better job at not swinging at tough pitches to hit and take advantage of the really hittable ones.
It’s odd because Torres hits a lot of line drives and fly balls: statistically, he shouldn’t really have that many GIDP.
It has happened anyway, though, and the Yankees offense has suffered.