Brett Gardner set a new career high in home runs last season, tripling his total from 2016, while also swiping 20-plus bags for the seventh time in 10 MLB seasons. He exceeded 600 plate appearances for the fifth consecutive season, continuing his run of great health. The bad news: Gardner struggled in a major way against left-handed pitching (.209/.299/.291) and his .322 overall xwOBA was pretty much middle-of-the-pack, according to Statcast. Most indicators point to Gardner being largely the same player he's been for years, but if you subscribe to the "new ball" theory, something close to this level of power should be sustainable. Playing half his games at new Yankee Stadium helps in that regard. He figures to continue on as the Yankees' near-everyday leadoff hitter in 2018.
Gardner isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. After going 0-for-3 Saturday, Gardner will get the day off to clear his mind and rest before Tuesday's wild-card game against the Twins. Clint Frazier is starting in left field and hitting eighth with Gardner out.
Gardner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay. Gardner went 32 games without a homer leading into Thursday, so fantasy owners should take the long fly and run. It's still been a strong fantasy campaign for the veteran, as he sports a .266/.351/.430 slash line with 21 homers, 63 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 96 runs. However, his late-season lull will have a huge toll on his final stat line.
Gardner is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Gardner is batting just .208 against left-handed pitching this season, so he'll get the day off with the Rays sending out southpaw Blake Snell. Clint Frazier will start in left field and bat eighth in his stead.
Gardner (shoulder) is starting in left field and leading off Saturday against the Blue Jays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Gardner was hit by a pitch on his shoulder Wednesday, but he's good to go after getting Thursday and Friday off to recover. The 34-year-old will face Joe Biagini in his return to the lineup as he looks to extend his 11-game hitting streak, a span over which he's gone 19-for-49 (.388).
Gardner (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays. The Yankees had Thursday off, but Gardner will sit out Friday so that his shoulder can have a bit more time to recover after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest. At this point in time, he should be considered day-to-day. Clint Frazier will start in left field and hit ninth in Friday's series opener against Toronto.