Baseball Yankees Hot Corner – Mike Ford or Luke Voit? by Chris Passarelli October 2, 2019 The New York Yankees have a big decision coming before Friday night’s Game 1 against the Minnesota Twins; Who is out, Mike Ford or Luke Voit? The two first base sluggers are in the most intense battle for what would be the last spot on the 23 man roster. While Luke Voit has struggled mightily down the stretch (.167 in his last 15 games, one hit in last ten) Mike Ford has pounced on the potential opening. Ford over his last 15 games hit .353 with three home runs, eight RBIs and 12 hits. The case for Luke Voit Although a very small sample size, Luke Voit does have playoff experience. His RBI triple in the 7-2 Wild Card Game victory over the Oakland A’s put Yankee Stadium into a frenzy. He is a reliable first baseman and when he’s hot, is one of the best sluggers in the American League. Voit isn’t a Gold Glove first baseman by any means, but he’s better than Ford and more fluid at first base. His ceiling is higher than Ford’s when he’s right, so hopefully his elongated slump is just that, a slump. The case for Mike Ford Mike Ford will not be winning any awards at first base but he is still competent and if given a roster spot, would mostly DH or pinch hit anyway. Ford has been hot lately and could crank the ball with the best of them. Ford being on a hot streak at the right time would be the reason why he gets the nod over Luke Voit. The Yankees don’t have time for a player to build confidence in his at-bats because it’s the playoffs and every single at-bat counts. Ford has been the most productive man at this point in the season, so why not give him a crack in the postseason if the Yankees need him? It comes down to use and right now the use for either Luke Voit or Mike Ford would be as a pinch hitter. If that’s the case, Mike Ford should get the nod because of his recent success. It’s nothing against Luke Voit or his contributions to the team this season, but it’s Ford’s time to shine. Post Views: 1,077 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Chris Passarelli Football Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead Writer Latest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Nassau Coliseum to shutter indefinitely - June 17, 2020 How the Pause Affects the Islanders’ Stanley Cup Dreams - June 15, 2020 Related TopicsLuke VoitMike FordMLB PlayoffsMLB2019New York Yankees Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Charity Events “Ticket to Ride” Campaign Benefits Fantastic Friends of WNY Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp Lacrosse New York Lizards, Major League Lacrosse Eye July Return Hockey Edmonton, Toronto Selected As Hub Cities FACES Hard work has led to success for John Jacob in high school football Baseball Yankees’ Billy Martin’s Luxury Lake House For Sale FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Basketball Kevin Durant Joins Philadelphia Union Ownership FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Baseball The First Day of Summer Camp The first day of summer camp. It’s a day that signifies excitement, happiness and... A Timeline of Negotiations Between the MLB Owners, Players It all began on Mar. 26, 2020. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major... Honoring the Legend of Satchel Paige As we celebrate the Negro League’s Centennial season, we look back at some of... You Know I’m Right, Episode 21: Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest, Cam Newton And Barry Bonds (Audio) On the 21st episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese discuss: 2020 Nathan’s... Washington’s Two-homer Day Powers Ducks to Game One Victory 2019 ALDS: How do Power-Hitting Yankees Match Up Against Power-Hitting Twins?