Yankees Grades Part 5: Bench Players & Team Grade
And finally, your grades for the Yankees Bench Players and the team as a whole!
Final Grade: B
Description: When Derek Jeter was placed on the 15-Day DL, there was one person that Joe Girardi turned to, and that was Eduardo Nunez. Nunez gets as much playing time as some of the regulars, due to injuries to Derek and now to Alex and Nunez has delivered. Nunez is batting .279 with 3 HR’s & 14 RBI’s. Not only is Nunez good offensively but he has some serious speed, stealing 10 bases in 14 tries. Even though Nunez has 9 errors against him this year, he has gotten better. The more playing time that Nunez gets, the better he will get defensively.
Final Grade: D+
Description: Francisco Cervelli is one of those guys that you have on your bench just for defense, but sometimes Cervelli’s defense isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Girardi usually uses Cervelli when it’s a day game after a night game and he used Russell Martin the night before. Cervelli’s bat has some pop, but he can only seem to hit when there are runners in scoring position. That’s not a bad thing at all, but if he leads off an inning, there are no runners on base for him to drive in but he needs to keep that mentality. Numbers wise for a bench player he’s not doing bad. He’s batting .214 with 14 RBI’s in 70 plate appearances. That shows that Cervelli is a clutch hitter when he needs to be. One thing he may want to work on is his aim. If you are throwing the baseball, throw it to either Derek Jeter or Robinson Cano, not the imaginary 10th player in center field.
Final Grade: C-
Description: Ramiro Pena is another example of the player you want on your team for their defense. Even though Pena has not played a lot, only having 2 hits in 22 at-bats is kinda working the slump there. And even though he’s not as good as A-Rod on defense, he knows how to make a good play now and again. But sometimes Pena’s errors don’t exactly work out for the Yankees. As an example, the Mets game. Pena had one error in the bottom of the 9th and luckily Brett Gardner saved him there. The second time Pena wasn’t so lucky. That error allowed Jason Bay to get the winning run home and the Mets avoided the sweep. Pena needs to be more alert on the field, as well as at the plate. He’ll get better in time, but right now he’s just another bench player that’s on the field.
Final Grade: B
Description: Ending the first half of the season the Yankees are 53-35, ending just one game behind the Boston Red Sox. Even though the Yankees didn’t get the dream team that they wanted (Cliff Lee in the rotation, Andy Pettite coming back), they were still able to make a scene by showing their power. Being first in home runs and lowest bullpen ERA, the Yankees have proven that even though you have setbacks, you can still mount out victoriously.
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