Soon, the Yankees will have Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres back. Both are good players, but why rock the boat when the team is winning…
The Yankees are not looking at a Wally Pipp and Lou Gehrig case here. But Aaron Boone needs to take a time-out before automatically re-inserting Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres in the starting lineup in favor of Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade.
While neither Wade nor Odor can be elevated to a level the likes of which include Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo, DJ LeMahieu, and either Luke Voit or Anthony Rizzo (when he returns), their contributions have resonated with the rest of the Yankees lineup in ways not seen before in the 2021 season.
Yankees: A New Dimensional Team
Once labeled and for a good reason as a versatile good-field no-hit ballplayer, Tyler Wade has raised his average from the Mendoza line into the .270s. More significantly, he has replaced Brett Gardner as a stolen base threat; something teams have yet to combat.
Meanwhile, Rogned Odor (minus one game in which he made two errors) has sparkled in the field, as witnessed by his ESPN highlight reel charging play on a bunt Sunday and a two-run home run, his 14th of the season with more than we can count coming when it’s made a difference.
Neither Wade nor Odor will ever make the AL All-Star team; they are merely role players who complement the All-Stars on their team and are not made for stardom.
Instead, as in the case of Odor, who is always the first player to hop over the dugout railing to embrace a teammate who has done something to prompt the Yankees to a win, he does it with no flair and only a genuine excitement for the game and his team.
This is a trait the Yankees have been missing all season, the energy we especially see missing from Gleyber Torres, who sometimes appears to be sleepwalking through a game.
Meanwhile, Urshela is a carry your lunchpail to work kind of player, reporting for duty every day, doing what he does, but seldom do we see a spark.
Yankees: This Isn’t Rah-Rah Sis-Boom-Bah
Now hold on, I know this isn’t high school with rah-rah cheerleaders and a marching band at halftime, but it’s still an ingredient that’s been lacking from the Yankees team this year.
So, to drive the point home – while Wade and Odor are likely to be Wally Pipp‘d out of the Yankees lineup when Torres and Urshela return, Aaron Boone needs to at least put them both on high alert that their playing time is by no means automatic.
The Yankees continued their winning ways in a game they managed only five hits. One of them, though, was a two-run shot by Joey Gallo that gave them all the runs they needed.
Questions about Gerrit Cole were muted by 5.2 innings of one-run ball, with nine K’s and 59 of his 90 pitches landing in the strike zone.
The Yankees have a winning formula with the team they are fielding – don’t mess with it.
Here’s What Readers Are Saying…
Joe Kepler On the contrary, the team is not “better” without Torres and/or Urshela in the starting lineup. Odor and Wade have played admirably. I like Odor and he offers some intangibles. But Wade will be what he is, a glove-first speedster that can fill in when a regular is out. The fact that both are left-handed is helpful and offers some matchup advantage. Either way, the statement about the team being better with Wade/Odor over Torres/Urshela is simply not true.
Amish Sattaluri Would definitely have gio over odor at 3rd.. I don’t think wade is going anywhere
Dennis Weisi Wade is not a full-time player. He is better being used in platoon situations. Don’t be fooled by short-term results. Most bench players are there for a reason
Paul Farese Odor is a better 3rd baseman than Urshela? You’ve got to be kidding me. Of course, he’s not. My point is the team is rolling…don’t mess with it.
Joe Pisaniello Both have the Yankee spirit. They should be rewarded for what they are doing
Rob Cervino Odor is NOT a third baseman that’s why
Mike Harrington No doubt. Odor has been great for at least a month now, and Wade is batting nearly .275. The critics need to shut it, for now, both are helping this team.
James Calvagno Bring back Gio immediately, Gleyber no rush I’ll go with that.
Eric Breeze To be honest, the way things are going they’ll need everyone those guys are riding a good streak and no time off and they’re going on a no weeks off schedule that’s tough on its own they’ll need anyone they can get back in the lineup
Terry Jordan No…You have to have Gio in there…
Bob Asik Love Wade at SS has speed Fire good defense better than Torres! Odor has fire and edge Power stroke maybe just platoon some Urshela and Torres work in at 2nd Odor 3b
David Smith Need Gio at third, his glove is as good as anyone on the team. I wouldn’t mind wade at short for Gleyber for a couple more weeks. Kids Been playing well.
Closing Comments And Final Thoughts
With today’s game at the Stadium underway, we’ll close published comments for this article.
Urshela aroused a lot of attention, and readers have convinced me he needs to play. Noticeably, no one went to bat for Torres. I wouldn’t either. Hopefully, Aaron Boone will figure out a way to provide at-bats for all.