Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres has four home runs against the Orioles in the past three days. He's riding an 11-game hitting streak. And he hit two home runs in Wednesday's win.
And yet, he's not in the lineup on Thursday.
For as hot as Torres has been this season, manager Aaron Boone wanted to give Torres a game off, especially with the Yankees having a day game after a night game.
"With Gleyber, I've been wanting to get him one (day off). It's obviously hard right now to give him one, but he's needed one," Boone said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I think today with the quick turnaround was the best day to do that."
Torres as demolished Orioles pitching this season. In 11 games against the O's, he is slashing .465/.531/1.233 with 10 home runs and 13 RBI. He has hit seven home runs in his last five games against Baltimore as well, dating back to last week's doubleheader.
"I know a lot of things about how I hit very well in this series in Baltimore," Torres said after hitting two more homers on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "But I don't think about that too much. I try to respect, first of all, respect the game, be humble, respect the team and just play."
While Torres has otherworldly numbers against the Orioles, his numbers against the rest of the league isn't nearly as good. He has a .252 batting average with two home runs and 13 RBI against everyone else.
Said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde: "There's definitely a pitching plan [against Torres]; it's definitely not to throw the ball in the middle of the plate -- and we just continue to do it. ... He had a really nice piece of hitting, knocking the ball the other way; you tip your hat on something like that."