Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

Week 19 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees started to play some better baseball this week. They went 4-2 in an extremely important week of games. They started it off on Sunday with a blow out win to salvage a huge split in Baltimore. They then managed to take two out of three in Boston against a team there was no excuses for loosing a series against. CC Sabathia continued to struggle against Tampa, but Ivan Nova pitched a huge game to even the series going into today. The Yankees struggled hitting with RISP in Boston, but it seems like their offense has gotten better. Eduardo Nunez has provided a big spark, which he could have before if he was actually used. Curtis Granderson has gone on a home run tear. Alex Rodriguez is really getting into a nice grove and Derek Jeter continues to fight through his injury to produce. The nominees for Week 19 Yankees Player of the Week are Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova.

The Case For Granderson:  Granderson was .318, with 5 HR’s and 11 RBI on the week. He sparked the Yankees to the blow out win on Sunday with a HR and 5 RBI coming off the bench. His 2 HR’s were the key to Wednesday’s win in Boston.

The Case For Jeter: Jeter’s hurt ankle has not stopped him this week. He hit .333 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. His consistency this year continues to be amazing.

The Case For Hughes. Hughes dominated Boston on Thursday by pitching 7.1 shut out innings. He allowed only 5 hits on 7 strikeouts. The Yankees only scored two runs for him so it was imperative that Hughes cam through. He has pitched some big games lately.

The Case For Nova: In a very surprising development Nova looked as good yesterday as he has all season. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 8. He pitched even better than those numbers would suggest. He looked dominating at times and left very few pitches in the middle of the plate as he had before.

Curtis Granderson is the Week 19 Yankees Player of the Week. If he can keep this play up it will be big for the Yankees. There were a lot of good candidates this week so vote for your pick in the poll and discuss in the comments.

Game 146 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Rays:

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Steve Pearce 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Morning Bits: Jeter, Nunez, Gardner

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you all. Yankees won yesterday and Orioles lost which means the Yankees are in sole possession of 1st place entering play today. Today it’s Hiroki Kuroda vs. Matt Moore. So here are your morning links!

— Derek Jeter will continue to be the Yankees DH until Tuesday–an exciting day for the Yankees since they will get Andy Pettitte back in their rotation.

— Joe Girardi has faith in Eduardo Nunez after Nunez’s error the night before and how did that work out for the Yankees? Nunez hit a home run, his first since September 21, 2011.

— Brett Gardner could return to the Yankees relatively soon as a pinch-running option and although the Yankees aren’t sure they should let him play in the OF, Gardner is working on bunting and plans to start swinging next week.