Why Josh Donaldson doesn’t ‘feel that bad’ despite struggles

Why Josh Donaldson doesn’t ‘feel that bad’ despite struggles

Aaron Boone shook up his lineup once more on Saturday for Recreation 3 of the ALCS, however it nonetheless included Josh Donaldson.

The Yankees continued to imagine that the veteran third baseman might change a recreation along with his bat, however they must carry on ready, with time operating out on their season.

Donaldson had loads of firm on a day when all the lineup had simply three hits, however the third-highest paid Yankee had yet one more principally unproductive day on the plate, going 0-for-3 with a stroll and two strikeouts in a 5-0 loss to the Astros in The Bronx.

“Really I don’t really feel that unhealthy,” Donaldson stated. “Tonight, [I had] a pair strikeouts, however I believe I’ve been working some counts, hit some balls, bought a pair hits. However yeah, it could be good to have just a few extra.”

Josh Donaldson walks to the dugout after putting out to finish the sport within the Yankees’ 5-0 ALCS Recreation 3 loss to the Astros.N.Y. Submit: Charles Wenzelberg

With one final likelihood to interrupt the shutout, Donaldson got here to the plate with two on and two out within the ninth inning. He struck out on three pitches, chasing a excessive fastball to finish it.

The 36-year-old Donaldson has now struck out a number of instances in six straight video games.

“I believe they’ve made some good pitches on me,” stated Donaldson, who’s making $23 million this season and nonetheless has one other yr left on his contract. “There’s been some in between, simply due to how the [pitch] combine has been at instances. And fairly frankly, I’ve missed just a few pitches. However on the finish of the day, I really feel like I’m having first rate at-bats. Simply must be higher.”

Boone did transfer Donaldson right down to batting seventh on Saturday — the bottom he has hit since 2013 — however he nonetheless continued to come back up small at a time when the Yankees continued to be in dire want of offense.

Within the ALCS, Donaldson is batting 1-for-9 with three walks and 7 strikeouts. For the playoffs, he’s batting 5-for-25 with seven walks and 13 strikeouts. His solely extra-base hit of the postseason got here on a double in Recreation 2 of the ALCS. His final house run got here on Sept. 17.

On Saturday, Donaldson got here to the plate with a runner on first in every of his first two at-bats in opposition to Astros right-hander Cristian Javier. Within the third inning, Javier bought Donaldson to strike out on a slider to finish the body. Within the fifth, Donaldson bought a 93 mph fastball within the upper-middle part of the strike zone and popped out to left area, drawing boos from the sellout crowd of 47,569.

“I believe they have been booing lots tonight,” Donaldson stated.

Donaldson later drew a four-pitch stroll off reliever Hunter Brown within the eighth inning and have become the one Yankee to achieve third base all evening, however was finally stranded there.

“We perceive it’s gonna be robust,” Donaldson stated. “On the finish of the day, we simply gotta do a greater job and execute.”

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