Starlin Castro has been one of the Yankees most productive hitters in the month of July, coming off two consecutive months that saw his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS dip from the start of the season and below his career average.
Castro attributes his recent uptick in offensive production to a tip given to him by veteran teammate Carlos Beltran.
"The last couple of days, I've just been working on something with Carlos and putting it in the game," Castro said. "He told me that he saw something in my hands and I have to be more loose."
Castro is hitting .288 in July with an OBP of .333 and OPS of .774. Of his 17 hits, seven of them have been for extra bases. In his last 12 games dating back to July 5, he is hitting .354 with an on-base percentage of .380.Since the All-Star break, he has hit .353 with six RBIs.
Beltran advised during the Boston series directly after the All-Star break for Castro to take his chin off his shoulder when hitting, loosening up his upper body and giving him more time to react to pitches.
Castro remarked how it's good to have Beltran and he hopes to be able to continue to have him as a teammate.
"Hopefully, we start to play well and he stays here," Castro said.