Via Andrew Marchand -
If Alfonso Soriano were to continue his home run pace with the Yankees over 162 games, he would finish with nearly 61 in a season. As it is, in his 32 games as a Yankee, Soriano has 12 homers, 35 RBIs and six stolen bases.
“He’s playing like an MVP,” Joe Girardi said after the Yankees’ 8-5 win over the Orioles Friday night. “When you look at the month of August and what he has done in the month of August, they are MVP type of numbers if you put them over six months. He is stealing bases, playing really good defense. He has been a complete player.”
Soriano’s .319 OBA and 7/33 BB/K ratio as a Yankee, so far, this season suggest, to me, that he’s still the same ol’ Soriano that we all know…
Also, the Yankees have gone 17-15 since Soriano has started playing for them again. So, it’s not like he’s carrying the team during his time whole here. (Note: That’s the Yankees record in games where Sori has played, since he came back to New York.)
But, OK, yes, the Yankees are 12-6 in their last 18 games. And, Soriano has been on fire during that time with a BA/OBA/SLG line of .319/.380/.722 (in 79 PA).
Who knows? Maybe adding A-Rod to the line-up has helped Soriano in some way? The timing is all in place to make that claim.
In any event, I want to see what happens over the next 9 games for the Yankees. And, then, maybe it will be time to look at how Soriano has helped the Yankees?