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Kansas City Royals Series Preview: June 22 to 24

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The Yankees are riding high coming off a series win against the A’s and yesterday’s off-day. They went 5-1 last week against two quality opponents in the Blue Jays and A’s, and all 5 wins were of the comeback variety. The Bronx Bombers find themselves 3rd in the AL East at 38-33 just 4 games back in the loss column behind Tampa and Boston.

They now begin a stretch of 13 games in 13 days starting with a three game series against the Royals. As much fun as comeback wins are, let’s get out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st tonight and never look back, mmkay?

Mailbag: Didi reunion, GM heir, pitching development, Salvador Pérez

We have four mailbag questions to answer this week. As always, send what’s on your mind to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com for a chance to have your question answered in a future edition. Let’s jump right into today’s selected questions.

A couple of folks ask: How about a Didi Gregorius reunion?

Didi just turned 30 and is a free agent for the second consecutive season. He was quite good for Joe Girardi’s Phillies this season. Gregorius played in all 60 games and hit .284/.339/.488 (116 wRC+/112 DRC+/119 OPS+). He displayed good power (10 homers, .205 ISO), walked 6.3 percent of the time, had a career low (read: best) 11.8 percent strikeout rate. Defensive metrics on his performance, though his reputation at shortstop is sterling. Depending on your WAR metric of preference, Didi was worth +1 WAR in 2020.

Who wouldn’t want to bring him back? He checks a ton of boxes performance-wise, but we also have the benefit of already knowing that he can succeed in the Bronx. I probably should have mentioned him in my piece earlier this week, in fact.

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