Question for Yankee Fans: Could you have believed DJ LeMahieu would be the starting second baseman for the AL All-Star team before the season started?
His former Rockies teammates did.
The team has been keeping up with LeMahieu's amazing inaugural season with the pinstripes, and it doesn't surprise them that the super utility infielder is producing the way he has.
"It's no surprise to me that he's doing what he's doing," Charlie Blackmon told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "I am very happy to see the rest of the baseball world take notice. Sometimes it takes doing that for the Yankees to get the word out."
Nolan Arenado added: "We'll be like, 'What are the chances he gets a hit right here?' We're always like, '100.' And then he gets a hit."
LeMahieu has collected 113 hits already on the season, just four behind the league leader Whit Merrifield. He's currently on pace to break his career high of 192 hits, and he's destined to break his home run and RBI records as well. He has 12 homers with 15 being his career high as well as 63 RBI (leads the Yanks). His career high in that category is 66.
He is an enigma to the notion that players struggle when they don't play at Coors Field, a hitter-friendly park. But maybe Blackmon is right. Maybe LeMahieu, a mild-mannered player that lets what he does on the field do the talking, just needed a bigger stage to break out on.
The Rockies, though, knew this was in him. I mean, he did win a batting title back in 2016 in Colorado.
"Probably comes with playing in New York a little bit," LeMahieu said about the attention he's gotten this season. "It's a little bit more of a magnifying glass in New York. But that's why I like New York, for good and for worse. I enjoy it. I like playing meaningful games. And like I said, I love baseball, and I feel like [New York] is the best place to play."
LeMahieu has easily been the Yankees' MVP this season, and like his former teammates said, the MLB and its fanbase is recognizing it with this starting role in his third All-Star game. Whether or not he can keep this going in the second half is still to be watched.
And you can bet the Rockies will have their eyes peered.
"He's been doing that for the last five, six, seven years," Trevor Story noted. "Good for him. He deserves that credit and attention that he's getting, and obviously no surprise to all of the Rockies guys."
"DJ is just the silent assassin," Blackmon added.