Gleyber Torres' latest performance against the Red Sox on Saturday night was a simple reminder: He owns AL East opponents this season.
The numbers don't lie when analyzing what Torres has contributed to the Yankees during their division games. Last night, his two-home run outing gave him his fifth multi-homer game of the season -- all of which have came against the AL East.
It helps that the Orioles have been basically batting practice for Torres when you look at his splits. He's slashing .465/.540/1.233 with 10 homers and 13 RBI thus far. But overall, Torres' AL East stats come out to .321/.414/.654 with 16 home runs and 29 RBI.
What Yankee fans certainly love to see from Torres is his ability to hit for power. The AL East knows all too well what Torres can do when he connects, as he has 23 total homers on the season to go along with that 16 against the division. The power may sneak up on pitchers, and teammate Aaron Judge, who knows a thing or two about slugging, says this aspect about Torres' game at the plate helps tremendously in the power department.
"The power to all field, that's the biggest thing," he told The Post's Zach Braziller. "You never know when he's going to leave the park."
This weekend, though, the Red Sox knew immediately the ball was going over the fence. The first was a grand slam off Eduardo Rodriguez that accounted for all of the team's offense in Friday's win. He did go 0-for-5 in the first game of the double header on Saturday, but made up for it with those two homers at night.
"In the first game I got many opportunities, but I felt too excited," Torres said. "I tried to do too much. The second game tried to be more relaxed and control what I can do."
Even Sox manager Alex Cora has noticed a big difference this year in Torres' sophomore season compared to his rookie year in 2018. He noticed Torres trying to do too much on a regular basis, with aggressive yet erratic swings coming at the dish.
Now he's locked in and relaxed, and it's hurt his team.
"That's the biggest difference from last year," Cora said. "Now everything is under control."
Cora still has another game to play in the Bronx before he doesn't have to see him again until September. But the Orioles and Blue Jays will in the coming weeks, and Torres could be taking full advantage of that situation.