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Gary Sanchez came into Wednesday night’s game against Boston batting 2 for 36 on the season. In fact, after hitting a home run in his first at bat of the season, Sanchez is 1 for 35. Luckily for Sanchez, David Price was on the mound for the Red Sox. Yes you read that right, luckily.
Despite Price’s .233 career batting average against, Sanchez came into last night’s game batting 5 for 11 with 4 home runs and 9 RBIs against Price.
Sanchez added to that in the first, hitting a 2-run home run against Price that still hasn’t landed. Giancarlo Stanton scored on the hit.
J.D. Martinez might still be waiting for Gary Sanchez’s home run ball pic.twitter.com/2MIeolclSV
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) April 11, 2018
Building off Small Wins
Price left the game after the first inning, but the first at bat seems to have woken the Kraken. In the 3rd inning, Sanchez doubled to left field. In the 4th, Sanchez hit another 2-run home run, this time scoring Aaron Judge.
Sanchez would finish the game 3 for 5 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Sometimes all it takes to turn a slump around is facing someone that you’ve had success against in the past. It certainly doesn’t hurt when that pitcher is a Cy Young award winner who has also finished as the Cy runner up three times.
Sanchez is now 6 for 12 with five home runs against Price. With Wednesday’s home run, Sanchez now has the second-most home runs in a career against Price, behind Jose Bautista’s six, albeit Bautista has had five times more at bats.
Despite his recent hitting woes, Sanchez has been solid on the defensive end. In six games behind the dish this year, Sanchez has yet to allow a passed ball or make an error.
In addition to his defense, Sanchez has also been doing a good job of calling pitches for the Yankees pitchers. Although there aren’t any statistics that measure this (that I’m aware of), it still points to the overall value that Sanchez is able to still offer when his bat cools off.
Building off of This
Now that Sanchez seems to have gotten the monkey off his back, it’s time for him to make up for lost time and start doing the things that made him the best offensive catcher in the game a year ago.