Entering last night's game in Seattle, Mike Ford had been on a hot streak.
Over his last seven games, he owned a .500 average with two homers -- one coming off Clayton Kershaw on Sunday afternoon -- along with three RBI as well. But he had even more fuel to perform well given his old Mariners ties.
Ford was poached from Seattle in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft after the Mariners didn't want to add him to their 40 man roster. Well, he made them pay on Monday night when he was responsible for three of the Yankees' five runs thanks to two homers.
"No hard feelings," Ford told NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "But it was definitely nice to stick it to them a little bit."
Ford has been playing well of late, as he continues to be a solid replacement for Luke Voit, who is working his way back on the IL. Over his last 12 games, Ford owns a .353/.389/.824 slash line with five of his eight homers on the season coming in that span. He's also brought home nine runs and collected one double.
He is just another example of the Yankees dipping into their depth pool and plugging a player in to fill a gap made by the IL. Another player Triple-A player in Mike Tauchman is also staying hot at the plate, and it'll be hard for the Yankees to make a decision on him when players start getting ready to come back again.
But, for Ford, a return to Seattle was a reminder of his days with the Mariners, and how the team virtually didn't believe in him by letting him go in the Draft.
"It took me a period of time to get over it a little bit," he said. "After that, it was like, OK, now what's the next step and use that as a little boost."
Well, it was basically a homecoming for Ford when the Yankees nabbed him again. They did first in 2013 when they brought him in as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton University. His second go with them has obviously work out in his favor, and he's getting hot at just the right time with a month left on the regular season schedule.
"I'm confident that he can go in there and give us these kind of at-bats," Aaron Boone said about his homers. "We know the bat's real."
That's a large vote of confidence for Ford, who will have two more games in Seattle to wreak more havoc before returning home to the Bronx.