NEW YORK -- Are Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez partially to thank for Gary Sanchez's offensive surge?The catcher homered for the fourth time in seven games on Tuesday, helping the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Mets, and said that a recent power lunch in midtown Manhattan with the
NEW YORK -- Are Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez partially to thank for Gary Sanchez's offensive surge?
The catcher homered for the fourth time in seven games on Tuesday, helping the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Mets, and said that a recent power lunch in midtown Manhattan with the superstar couple helped to clear his mind.
"We met the other day," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "Talked a lot about pretty much everything. Everything that comes from him, it's positive. We talked a little bit about defense, creating a routine, following your routine, preparing for games. We keep talking -- we've had phone calls here and there. And his girlfriend was there, J-Lo. She gave me some advice."
Sanchez said that over their meal at the Casa Lever eatery on Friday, Lopez reiterated much of what Rodriguez suggested about steering his thinking in a positive direction.
"She's a superstar at what she does, she's a great singer and great actress, and Alex is a superstar in baseball," Sanchez said. "Any advice coming from them, I will listen to them."
Sanchez's sixth-inning blast off Jacob deGrom was his 21st, surpassing his tally from last year's historic rookie surge. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Sanchez is turning in good at-bats, staying in the middle of the field with his approach.
"I just think he's in a really good spot," Girardi said. "We've seen him get really, really hot and it happened to be in the month of August last year. Hopefully that carries over the rest of this month and next month, because those were two months that we had that were outstanding last year."
Over his last seven games, Sanchez is batting .440 (11-for-25) with six runs, a double, four homers, seven RBIs and three walks. He might want to consider setting up a weekly date with "J-Rod."
"I've been working with the hitting coaches and right now I'm getting good results," Sanchez said. "I want to keep doing what I'm doing right now and keep helping the team win."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.