Aaron Hicks could be the X-Factor for the Yankees, if he can turn things around at the plate

Aaron Hicks is in his seventh year with the New York Yankees and he is still looking for his first World Series title.

This could be the year that he checks that accomplishments off the list. The Yankees have been one of the most dominant teams all season and will look to continue that dominance headed into the postseason.

But the big question is will New York be able to get it done when it counts the most? The Yankees will definitely need everyone playing their A game. And Hicks is a player who will need to step up.

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The 32-year-old recently struggled at the plate, going hitless in 29 at-bats. He was able to erase that slump on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, recording two hits in his first two at-bats.

Something he and the Yankees were waiting to see.

His recent offensive performance against the Cardinals could be the start of something good.

If he can get things going for himself at the plate again, the Yankees lineup will be that much of a threat to opposing teams.


Hicks is a solid defender too and can track down balls with the best of them. Add to that his success at the plate and you have a player who can play a big role in helping the Yankees win its first World Series title since 2009.

At the beginning of the season, Hicks was batting at the top of the lineup, but as the season progressed, he found himself moving down the lineup.

He did have a hot streak at the plate during the beginning of July. Hicks had a five-game hitting streak going and hits in six of his last seven games.

The centerfielder was seeing the ball well at the plate, but he had a brief setback back on July 12.

He fouled a ball off his shin during an at-bat and exited the game.

“I was just hoping it wasn’t broken or some kind of fracture or something,” Hicks said in an article from The New York Post.

“I’m feeling better today,” he said a few days after the incident. “I had trouble walking [Tuesday]. But today it’s a little bit better. I got more flexion in my ankle. I’m able to actually move it up and down. So it’s better.”

He was disappointed with the minor injury because of the success he was having at the plate.

“It’s frustrating,” Hicks said. “It sucks, because I felt good at the plate. An injury like this, it’ll kind of stop you from doing what you love and slows everything down.”

The good thing was that Hicks did not miss any significant time but when he returned to the lineup, that’s when the struggles started. WFAN;s say the Yankees even almost traded Hicks Unfortunately, there will be times where you have slumps at the plate, but it’s all about how you bounce back from it.

And Hicks will certainly do whatever he can do to help his team win games and put them in a good position to come out on top when it’s all said and done.

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