High Five for No. 55

Hideki Matsui, never one to show emotion, whether it be anger, joy or disbelief, was doing just that through the first half of the season. He, like many other Yankees, have been underachieving leading to the Yankees overall disappointing season. That is, until recently. In his last 17 games he’s batted .366 with 9 HR and 17 RBI. The Yanks record in that span, 12-5.

It seems as if “Godzilla” has finally found his stroke, probably at one of the best times of the season. The Yankees need him, and everyone else for that matter, to produce. Alex Rodriguez can't do it alone. Matsui bats behind Rodriguez, in the fifth spot in the lineup, and right now he’s even hotter than the A.L. MVP candidate. In Sunday’s game Matsui went 5-for-6 with a HR and 2 RBI. His 5 hits tied his career high which was set in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS against Boston. He has lifted his season average to .291.

Via Roger Rubin, Daily News:
"You accept it as a fact you're going to have ups and downs during the season - it's just part of baseball," Matsui said through an interpreter. "You play believing you'll have a streak like this and prolong it as much as possible."
Said Johnny Damon, in reference to the Matsui he remembers from the 2004 ALCS:
"He was pretty dangerous...He looked pretty damn good."

Matsui is starting to get back to the dangerous form we were all accustomed to since his arrival in 2003. Last season he missed four months due to a broken wrist, an injury for which he apologized to the fans and his teammates. If Matsui can sustain these numbers over the course of the final 2 months, then don’t look for any apologies from No. 55.
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