Daily Archives: June 10, 2012
The Yankees had a stellar week that has led them towards the top of the AL East. Before today’s game against the Mets the Yankees were just a ½ game behind the Rays for the best record in the AL. The starting pitching led the charge during the 5-1 week. Phil Hughes started it off by out dueling Justin Verlander and the rest of the rotation followed. The offense also contributed by hitting top pitchers like Verlander, James Shields, and Johan Santana. The Week 9 Yankees Player of the Week nominations are Hiroki Kuroda, Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes.
The Case For Kuroda: For a little while it looked something magical might have been taking place Friday night. With Johan Santana making his first start after his no hitter Hiroki Kuroda tried to match him. He made it 5 2/3 innings before Omar Quintanilla broke it up with a double. Kuroda pitched 7 shutout innings before he had to come out of the game because he got hit on the foot on a line drive. If that had not occurred the chances Kuroda would have pitched a CG shutout were good, as he was that dominant.
The Case For Cano: Cano had a stellar week batting .364, with 3 HR’s, and 6 RBI. Cano was very consistent as he got a hit in every game this week. His big game was Friday against the Mets when he hit 2 HR’s on 2 pitches.
The Case For Nova: Ivan Nova kept the line moving with an outstanding start on Wednesday againstTampaBay. Nova looked like the Nova of last year because he was getting ground ball outs instead of strike outs. His fastball command was much improved as Nova allowed 0 HR’s in his start, which had been a problem for him. Nova went 8 innings, allowed 4 hits, and 1 run.
The Case For Hughes: Phil Hughes pitched 2 very solid games this week. The first came in a huge spot Sunday againstDetroit. The Yankees needed to win the game to go 6-3 on the road trip instead of 5-4. Hughes had the tough task of out pitching Justin Verlander and he passed it with flying colors. Hughes pitched a complete game, allowed 1 run, 4 hits, and struck out 8. Hughes backed that up by allowing only 2 runs in 6.1 innings in a win over the Mets yesterday. Hughes kept the Yankees in the game until Mark Teixeira gave them the lead with a 2 run HR.
The Week 9 Yankees Player of the Week goes to Phil Hughes because he had 2 wins this week, including one in the biggest game of the week. As always vote in the poll and discuss your choice in the comments.
Lineup vs. Mets:
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
Andy Pettitte LHP
When Phil Hughes had 70 pitches in the 4th inning, it wasn’t looking promising for the Yankees or to Hughes. Luckily Hughes was able to get it together and was able to out-pitch Dillon Gee for the victory with a 4-2 win over the Mets.
The Yankees scored their first run on an RBI single and Jeter scored but after that, the Yankees scored on HR’s. One HR was a 2 run shot by Mark Teixeira (which gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead at the time) and the other was by Curtis Granderson (which gave the Yankees some breathing room heading into the 9th). Phil Hughes went 6 1/3 innings by only giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. His bugaboo however was the home run ball which gave the Mets a 2-1 victory at the time. Hughes has given up at least 1 HR in everyone of his starts this season.
The Yankees received terrible news before the game when Brett Gardner had elbow pain when he woke up this morning. The Yankees are sending him to Dr. Andrews on Monday to get evaluated. It could be one of two things that could be wrong with Gardner: he could either need Tommy John Surgery or it could just be the fact that Girardi keeps trying to rush him back. I’m hoping it’s choice 2.
Tomorrow Andy Pettitte will take the mound for the Yankees in an afternoon game! The Mets will send out left hander Jonathan Niese to try to prevent the sweep. First pitch is at 1:05pm.