Josh Donaldson heating up for Yankees in August


The Yankees could use an offensive boost with Giancarlo Stanton on the IL, Matt Carpenter soon to join him, and Anthony Rizzo still battling back tightness.

Fortunately, they seem to be getting one of late with Josh Donaldson.

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After struggling offensively for much of the season, the former MVP has turned it on as the calendar flipped to August. Since Aug. 1, the 36-year-old is batting .385 with a 1.236 OPS in 30 plate appearances, highlighted by a four-hit night in Monday’s win over the Mariners, which included a no-doubt home run to left.

“I’ve been grinding all year, just trying to figure it out,” Donaldson said. “I think we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it is. For me, it’s just staying balanced at the plate, and I feel like my pitch recognition is getting a lot better.”

Donaldson’s hot streak has pushed him over the league average mark in the OPS+ department (now at 104), and in the span of a week, his season OPS has climbed from .669 to .715. with the pitching faltering during the Yankees’ current rough stretch, they could use more power in the lineup to drive in runs, and Donaldson could be finding his way down the stretch after a largely disappointing performance so far in 2022.

“I feel like my swings over the past couple of weeks have been a lot better as of late,” Donaldson said.

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