Daily Archives: May 6, 2012
Another week has gone by and unfortunately for the 2nd week in a row I have had trouble finding 4 worthy candidates for Yankees player of the week. It was another bad week for the Yankees as they went 3-4 against relatively weak competition. The Royals had not won a game at home until the Yankees came to town. Hitters not named Derek Jeter or Curtis Granderson have been dreadful. Alex Rdoriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano not hitting combined with injuries to Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner have led to brutal hitting. The nominees for Yankees player of the week for week 4 are Curtis Granderson, David Robertson, Derek Jeter, and CC Sabathia.
The case for Granderson: Granderson has been one of the 2 constants in the Yankees lineup this week. Granderson hit .308 on the week with 2 HR and 3 RBI. His performance has not led to a lot of run production but it is not his fault nobody is on base when he gets up or nobody hitting after him knocks him in when he gets on.
The case for Robertson: Robertson has done his job pretty much perfectly this week as he has all season. Robertson pitched during all 3 Yankees wins on the week and was absolutely dazzling. Robertson struck out an incredible 8 out of 9 batters he faced on the week in 3 perfect innings. Robertson struck out the side in the first game without Mariano Rivera available. It was a non save situation, but it still must have been tough to pitch the first 9th inning with Rivera sidelined and Robertson nailed his 1st test.
The case for Jeter: Jeter keeps his streak of being nominated every week for Yankees player of the week alive. This week Jeter hit .414 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. Much like Graderson he did not produce many runs because of the people hitting around him but he did score 5 runs on the week. His 2 run HR on Friday in Kansas City broke the game open.
The case for Sabathia: Sabathia has 2 wins on the week for the Yankees in dominating fashion. On Sunday against Detroit Sabathia pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 8. On Friday in Kansas City Sabathia pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out. Sabathia got his velocity up into the mid 90s in KC after hovering in the low 90s throughout the season thus far. His performance on Sunday was big to give the Yankees a series win against a tough Detroit team. Unfortunately, that seems like a long time ago as the Yankees have stunk up the joint since. Sabathia seems to be primed to go on his usual tear in May and June.
Despite what Jeter has done this week I could not give it to an offensive player this week. It was a really tough call between Robertson and Sabathia. Both players deserve it but I am going to give it to David Robertson. The man struck out 8 of the 9 batters he faced this week and became the new Yankees closer. How much better can it get? As always you can feel free to disagree with me. Vote in the poll and discuss it in the comments.
Lineup vs. Royals
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF
Phil Hughes RF
Start Time: 2:10pm
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880
–The game is slated to start at 2:10 however there are thunderstorms in the forecast so there will most likely be a delay of game.
Enjoy the game everyone! (If it happens)
You never know what you are going to get from Hiroki Kuroda. You could get “good” Kuroda or you could get “bad” Kuroda. Tonight, it seemed the Yankees got “bad” Kuroda as the Yanks fell to the Royals 5-1.
KURODA STRUGGLES: Hiroki Kuroda was supposed to give the Yankees some depth tonight. Instead, he went 4.1 IP giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Kuroda honestly to me looks like another A.J Burnett. What I mean by that? Both players show inconsistency when it comes to their starts. Kuroda needs to start being consistent, or this is going to be a long–long year for the Yankees.
MARTIN WAKES UP: For the past couple of weeks, Russell Martin had been struggling mightily. Tonight, Martin’s bat woke up. As a matter of fact, he was the only bat to wake up. Martin went 3 for 4 with a double, a single and a HR, the only run that scored for the Yankees.
GARDNER & SWISHER CLOSE TO RETURNING: The Yankees received good news regarding Brett Gardner & Nick Swisher. Gardner hit on the field and ran the bases and felt no pain whatsoever. Gardner will do it all over again tomorrow and if everything works well then he will have a rehab assignment on Monday and Tuesday. Girardi hasn’t disclosed which minor league team Gardner will play for. Nick Swisher ran from 1st to third approximately 3 times and on 2 of the 3 times, Swisher bowed to his teammates, probably sending a message that he was ready to return.
WHAT’S NEXT: Phil Hughes will get the ball for the series finale vs. the Royals as the Yankees try to even the series at 2 games apiece. First pitch is at 2:10pm on YES Network.