Luke Voit's impact proving invaluable for Yankees

The New York Yankees have one week left of the 2018 regular season, but thanks to one of their most exciting late-season acquisitions, they're looking to close out the year with a bang.

The Bombers have led the Major Leagues in home runs for most of the year, and as they enter play Monday, they've hit 26 more bombs (251) than the next closest team, the Dodgers (225).

Doing his part to help the Yankees threaten the 1997 Mariners' all-time team home run record of 264 has been first baseman Luke Voit, one of Brian Cashman's most savvy pickups made at this year's deadline. Voit arrived in a trade with St. Louis in exchange for relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.

Since Voit's arrival in the Bronx, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound masher has brought an undeniable enthusiasm and passion to the lineup, along with a whole lot of power.

In fact, only two players in franchise history have matched or surpassed the production Voit has provided in his first 33 games in pinstripes, and their names might be familiar: Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

According to analytics firm STATS, Voit is just the third Yankee in history to collect at least 11 home runs, 33 hits and 23 runs in the first 33 games of his Yankees career, joining the two aforementioned Bomber legends.

"It's been the time of my life," Voit said of his late-season surge with the Yankees following the team's postseason-clinching victory on Saturday. "I'm just having fun, and I think part of fun is being a little kid and going out there and just doing your thing."

With fist pumps, bellowing cheers and a huge smile, Voit has quickly become a fan favorite in New York, but underneath all the passion and excitement, he's played as well as anyone in the Yankees lineup for the last six weeks.

Voit has understandably drawn comparisons to Shane Spencer for his late-season home run heroics, and the former 1998 Yankee slugger has been impressed with what he's seen from afar. "It's great to see," Spencer said of Voit's run. "You see the energy that he has, I love it."

Voit has made a strong case for himself to be considered for the starting first base job next season as Greg Bird's injury struggles and underwhelming production have been a concern for much of the 2018 season. Bird is two years younger than Voit, and has been closely coached up throughout his rise through the Yankees organization, but as Miguel Andujar proved early this year with Brandon Drury, it's very possible to take over a job with consistent strong play.

Luke Voit's rise to stardom has been one of the most compelling storylines in the Bronx at the end of this season, and there's no telling what kind of boost he might be able to provide once the calendar turns to October.

Stay tuned to YES Network for all the latest news and developments as the Yankees head to Tampa Bay for the penultimate series of the 2018 regular season.