Stats Prove Harrison Bader May Get Even Better


Harrison Bader #22 of the New York Yankees reacts as he walks back to the dugout against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning in game one of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 11, 2022 in New York, New York.
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Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, is not known for being a hitter’s paradise.

Harrison Bader, the current center fielder of the New York Yankees, played in St. Louis since 2017.

His offensive output wasn’t the best there.

After landing on the Yankees, he had a case of plantar fasciitis that delayed his debut until September.

He managed to play 14 games as a Yankee during the regular season, with very little production.

He was, however, a beast in postseason play with the Yanks.

In nine games, he homered five times and had a stellar 1.262 OPS.

He was an unsung hero in the Yankees’ postseason run, hitting clutch homer after clutch homer to help them get past the Cleveland Guardians.

Famous Twitter account @PlayoffTanaka_, who covers the team on a daily basis, seems to believe there is more to Bader than we have seen in large samples of him so far.

“Harrison Bader career slash line in Busch Stadium: .210/.295/.339 (.634 OPS) in 264 games. Harrison Bader career slash line in any other MLB stadium: .264/.333/.471 (.804 OPS) in 287 games. Very excited for a full season of Bader in NY,” he tweeted.

Evidently, he didn’t like Busch Stadium too much, or it didn’t agree with him and his batted ball profile.

However, Yankee Stadium gives him an opportunity to improve his overall numbers in what will be his walk year.

If he goes the other way, the chances of homering are high because of the short right field porch.

If he pulls the ball, the odds of hitting an extra-base are high, because of the spacious left field.

Either way, he wins.

And so do Yankees fans.

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