Gregorius unfazed as career-worst hitless streak grows
The Yankee Stadium crowd still cheers when Didi Gregorius steps to the plate. The fans still chant his name.
But the boos can’t be far behind.
Sonny Gray, Dellin Betances and Giancarlo Stanton can only be scapegoats for so many nights.
Gregorius’ disastrous second month grew worse Friday night, when April’s AL Player of the Month went 0-for-4 in a 10-5 loss to the Athletics and extended his career-worst hitless streak to 28 straight at-bats.
Gregorius, who was batting .372 on April 25, has seen his average plummet 100 points since then.
“At some point, one day, right?” Gregorius said of the slump ending. “If I keep putting good swings, I mean, it’s not like I’m not hitting the ball hard, or not seeing the ball, it’s just whenever I hit it hard, it’s at people. There’s nothing I can do about that.
“At some point it’s gonna happen.”
Though Gregorius is 0-for-25 in the first six games of the Yankees’ homestand, manager Aaron Boone has found optimism in the fact the shortstop has only struck out twice during that stretch.
“He’s just a little bit off from a timing standpoint,’’ Boone said. “I think he is working through some things. It’s the ebb and flow of the season and I believe shortly he will get it rolling again. The key for him is sometimes he thinks, ‘I’ve just got to put it in play.’ Instead of hey, get into position to impact the ball. When he’s doing that then he is laying off the pitches that he shouldn’t be swinging at and he’s impacting the ball because he is capable of it.
“The best hitters in the league are going to go through tough spells that’s just part of the major league season. There is nothing that I’m seeing that is a red flag with Didi.’’
Gregorius came to the plate with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing 6-5 with one out in the bottom of the seventh. The shortstop took a strike and then flew out to right field, too shallow to allow Austin Romine to tag up from third.
“There is only so much you can control in this game,” Gregorius said. “I’ve always been that way about the game. I’m not going to make excuses. It’s baseball.
“This game is not easy. If you understand that you realize you are not going to be successful every at-bat. So you know that you are going to fail at some point. This game is about having fun and that is my approach. Work hard and have fun.”
— Additional reporting by Kevin Kernan
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