Gregorius is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the A's. With the Yankees facing lefty Sean Manaea on Saturday, Gregorius will be replaced at shortstop by Ronnie Torreyes. Gregorius has actually been extremely effective against southpaws this season, batting .343 with a .807 OPS, but manager Joe Girardi is stacking his lineup with righties against the young Manaea given that Manaea has a .379 batting average against when facing righties.
Gregorius went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in Friday's win over the A's. The shortstop is working on a modest five-game hitting streak, as he's followed up a difficult opening month with a .281 average in May. Gregorius has historically struggled against lefties -- hitting .227 on his career against southpaws -- but he's hitting .343 against them thus far this year.
Gregorius went 3-for-3 with an RBI double in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the White Sox. The 26-year-old is climbing out of some early-season struggles, and has now raised his average 18 points during May. He's managed multi-hit games in two of his last four contests, and his RBI single in the second off Jose Quintana turned out to be the difference in the ball game. Gregorius' line is up to .243/.261/.383 for the season over 107 at-bats.
Gregorius is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox. Gregorious is actually faring better against lefties (.286 BA) than righties (.197 BA) this season; but no matter, he will be held out Friday with left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Ronnie Torreyes will get the start at shortstop in Gregorius' place.
Gregorius doubled twice and knocked in three runs in a 2-for-4 game Tuesday against the Yankees. Gregorius has knocked in three runs twice in the past four games, but he still has a brutal .229/.250/.344 on the season. Even with two doubles in Tuesday's contest, he has just seven extra-base hits in 102 plate appearances this season. Between his lack of power and a 16:2 K:BB on the year, it's hard to find the upside for Gregorius.
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