No one was harder on Brian McCann than Brian McCann last night. He had an opportunity to at least score a run in the 9th inning, but he grounded into a game ending double play (assisted by some flashy leather work by Lucas Duda). Overall, he’s had a sluggish beginning to the 2014 season, and he doesn’t need anyone else to tell him the results aren’t there.
“It comes and goes,” McCann said to reporters after last night’s game. “The results aren’t there. This is a results-oriented business and I’m not getting it done.”
The Yankees like the way McCann calls games and is able to handle the pitching staff–but he was known as a power bat while with the Atlanta Braves. Manager Joe Girardi knows that McCann has been struggling lately, but he assures fans that McCann’s bat will come around eventually.
“I don’t think it is the shift that’s killing him, I don’t think he has quite hit the ball like he is capable of for the most part,” Girardi said. “He has had some pretty good weeks during the course of the season where he has gotten pretty hot. He hit some balls out of the ballpark. He goes the other way as much as any left-handed hitter that they shift on.”
McCann knows they’re shifting on him–but he has to find a way to avoid the shift and prove to the Yankees that he’s worthy of his contract. If not–this could be a very, very long season for him and the ball club.