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New York Yankees: Evidence Brian Mccann is Busting Out of His Slump

July 19th, 2014 at 7:32 AM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann contributed to the team's 4-3 over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night with an RBI double and it seems the backstop is finally busting out of his slump.

McCann's average still sits at a lackluster .239, but over the course of July, McCann has raised it 19 points from .220. He recent resurgence has been about much more than just one or two good games.

Newsday's Erik Boland tweeted McCann's statistics over the span of his last 11 games, and it seems the 30-year-old is feeling better at the plate:

The downside of McCann's month has been his lack of run production as he's only driven in two runs through 13 games in July. However, the most important thing is that McCann is putting bat to ball consistently, which has been a problem the entire season.

If the Yankees offense is going to pick things up in the second half and help the team and it's battered starting rotation make it to the playoffs, McCann's bat is vital. As long as he keeps on hitting everyday, the RBI will come for him.

What has been the key to McCann's recent success? Surprise, surprise, it has to do with the most hated man in the Yankees Universe nowadays, hitting coach Kevin Long, who has helped McCann rework his swing.

Since the slight change in his approach thanks to Long, McCann is hitting .368. If he keeps this up, Long may go from being the No. 1 man to blame to the hero of the 2014 campaign for Yankees fans. Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

You had to figure McCann would come around eventually. After all, he is a career .274 hitter, although the Yanks would be more than happy with an average similar to his 2013 mark when he hit .256.

That is, as long as he's hitting the long ball and knocking in the guys that are on base when he's in the batter's box.

People can talk about the pressure of his big contract and the fact that he may not be able to handle New York, but the truth is McCann is a better player than he has showed this season and we're finally starting to see it.

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Tags: Baseball, Brian McCann, Cincinnati Reds, Kevin Long, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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