Since DH Matt Holliday (along with Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks) went on the DL on June 28th, the Yankees have sported a disappointing 4-11 record and sputtered on offense, excepting Clint Frazier’s walk off homer on July 8th to beat the Brewers.
Holliday has been important to this Yankee team in 2017. Let’s remember, he’s a former batting champ (2007), NLCS MVP (2007), seven time All-Star and four time Silver Slugger Award winner. Yankee fans should also know that he changed his number to 7 after signing a 7 year, $120 million dollar contract with St. Louis to honor Mickey Mantle, a fellow Oklahoman. Holliday is a Yankee at heart.
On May 7th, Holliday hit his 300th career homerun to go along with his 2,000 hits. The 37 year old is a hitters’ hitter and owns a .262/.366/.511 slash line in 2017 as the Yankees DH and was well-chosen by the organization to mentor not only Aaron Judge, but also the other young Yankee hitters in the art of hitting well consistently. Judge has said that he asks Holliday’s advice on playoff runs, the long season, everything. He asks Holliday how a pitcher approaches him in hopes that he might know what to expect.
When Holliday returns to the lineup against Boston on Friday, Yankee fans can expect to see him pick up where he left off, hitting solidly to the middle of the field and driving in runs. He owns a 128 OPS+ and 47 RBIs.