Jun 21, 2022; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Isaac Paredes (17) hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one thing that the New York Yankees can count on, it’s that Gleyber Torres will dominate the Baltimore Orioles. No matter what kind of slump he may be in, Torres mashes Baltimore pitching like nobody’s business. Thanks to Isaac Paredes, the Yankees are now on the other side of that.

Paredes hit three home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees. In his first at-bat in Wednesday’s game, Tampa’s second baseman was right back at it.

The continued outburst of Paredes caught the attention of the MLB world.

Four home runs in less than two full games is a hot streak for anyone. For Paredes, though, it’s especially notable.

Heading into Tuesday’s game, Paredes had five home runs on the season. Five home runs in 67 team games translates to roughly 12 over a full season. It’s not completely crazy when a hitter like that runs into one, but he’s certainly not a hitter known for his big power.

Following Wednesday’s home run, his pace for the season moved up to 21. Paces can sometimes get dramatically altered in the early weeks of an MLB season. But in June, it’s more challenging to do that, especially over less than two games.

In his next at-bat on Wednesday, Paredes hit into a double play. All things considered, that had to be like finding gold for the Yankees.

[Tampa Bay Rays]

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