Though Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has just a .215 batting average and .743 OPS this season, manager Aaron Boone believes he will soon break out.
"I feel like he's pretty close to being really locked in," Boone said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.
The 25-year-old Bird is 5-for-14 with a home run and two doubles over his last four games. After going 1-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Bird said he is working on his consistency at the plate.
"I try to figure it out all the time. It's just the ups and downs," said Bird, who has totaled 369 at-bats since making his MLB debut in 2015, missing the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury and most of 2017 with an ankle injury. "You want to be consistent in this game. I just feel like when you're coming back like that, there's more obstacles."
Bird flew out to left with runners on the corners in the first inning that ended a Yankees threat, and his struggles with runners on base continued. While Bird is 13-for-44 with nobody on base, he is 1-for-21 with runners on and 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
"There's been some situations where I've come up in big spots with guys on, great at-bats in front of me, and I just haven't been able to get it done," he said. "That frustrates me more than anything."