Brian McCann, like many of the members on the Yankees, has had his moments of brilliance–but at the same time, he has shown his moments of struggle. Last night, McCann went 4-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI’s, and has had an impressive last few weeks. But you’d have to wonder if McCann has finally found his groove at the plate or if this recent offensive attack was just another fluke.
The Yankees had been searching for consistency all year; for a while they’ve gotten power strokes from Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran, but they’ve both faltered. At this point in the season, you hope McCann continues hitting so he can help the Yankees make a run at the second Wild Card spot.
“It seems like it was a long, long time ago (that the numbers were so bad),” McCann said. “I feel like I put together a couple good months. I’m getting better. That’s the plan. It’s such a long season, it took me a little bit longer to get going with the bat than normal.”
McCann has homered in his last three games at Yankee Stadium and in the last 17 games, he’s hit six home runs. What does he give credit to this time?
“Obviously the short porch in right helps,” McCann said. “But to have so many at home and not many on the road, it’s strange. … I’m not sure (if the stadium affects approach). In BP, you don’t have to hit the ball that hard to get it out. You go on the road, maybe you’ve got to swing a little bit harder. I haven’t really dove into why that is.”
Brian McCann (along with Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira) are signed for next season, and if the Yankees plan to make the postseason, they’re going to need all three of their bats to get the job done.