New York Yankees

Brett Gardner Update: May 1, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 30:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees follows through on a fifth inning single against the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IMay 1, 2010

Brett Gardner continues to have a big impact for the New York Yankees.

Last night the Yankees came from behind to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4. Derek Jeter was the hero of the game as he had a single, a two run homer and a two run triple. Jeter drove in four runs and scored another.

But Gardner was critical too. Gardner went 2-3 with a stolen base. And two of the runs Jeter drove in were Gardner crossing the plate.

Gardner finished the game hitting .323. It is hard to imagine that manager Joe Girardi will continue to platoon Gardner if he continues to hit this way.

Thus far this year Girardi has shown a reluctance to start Gardner against left handed pitchers but Gardner is making it harder and harder for Girardi to make that choice.

Marcus Thames had 10 hits in 17 at bats in his platoon role so he gives justification to Girardi's platoon strategy. But Gardner deserves to play every day and should not be taken from the lineup as long as he is producing.

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