The month of September has been great for New York Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit, and October just got off to an even better start.
New York Yankees’ first baseman Luke Voit has been selected the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 24 through Sept. 30.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 1, 2018
During that span, Voit hit .458 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. He had an on-base percentage of .519 and an OPS of .958.
Those numbers are impressive but, what is even more impressive are the numbers Voit put up since the Yankees acquired him at the trade deadline. in 39 games with the Bombers, the 27-year-old hit .333 with 14 home runs, and 33 RBIs.
Voit has emerged as the teams’ everyday first baseman, making Greg Bird’s status on the playoff roster questionable. The energy that he brings to the clubhouse is something that can’t be ignored either. He gives that Todd Frazier like feel to a clubhouse that was missing that for the month of August.
With the postseason coming, Voit looks to play a major role in the Yankees getting past the Oakland Athletics Wednesday. Throughout his minor league career, Voit 12 playoff games where he hit .370 with one home run and seven RBIs. If those minor league playoff numbers can translate at the major league level, the Yankees will be in great shape.
And who is to say they won’t with the way he has played over the last month? You can honestly say, “where would the Yankees be without Luke Voit?” And the fact that you can say that tells you all need to know about the lack of production from first base, and the impact he has had.
Yankee fans have rallied around Voit with chants of “Luke” at Yankee Stadium, and they look to be even louder with those chants Wednesday night.