Yankees Notebook: Matt Carpenter back at the top of the lineup vs. Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah

TORONTO — Last weekend, Aaron Boone joked about how he is able to put Matt Carpenter on a shelf and then take him “out for a spin” once a week. The veteran infielder has proven to be an invaluable bench player for the Yankees so far this season. His ability to stay sharp and effective in limited and sporadic playing time has been impressive.

“When he got to us, after being home for several days, and right away coming in and having impactful at-bats. And then sitting over there again and getting a start and having impactful at-bats regardless of results which have obviously been great,” Boone said. “I mean, it’s just you look at what the quality of the at-bats has been there and he’s in a really good place. I think he’s come in here and immediately fit in with the group and really enjoys being here and has kept himself ready and prepared. Being around as much as he has some of the things he’s worked on in the winter. He just knows how to be ready to go.”

So Saturday, facing the Blue Jays tough right-hander Alek Manoah, Boone had Carpenter leading off a lineup that was stocked with their left-handed hitters.

“Why not? He’s a lefty bat, [controls the zone], obviously swinging great,” Boone said of the choice to lead him off. “Yeah, I just felt like that was the right thing.”

It’s also where Carpenter has hit most of his career. For the former St. Louis Cardinal, it was his 762nd career start leading off.

He’s been effective wherever the Yankees have hit him, or whenever they’ve decided to use him. In 11 games this season, Carpenter has eight hits and six of them are for home runs. He’s driven in 13 runs.

Having a left-handed power option off the bench has …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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