Daily Archives: May 20, 2012
After last week’s solid week the Yankees resorted back to their play of the previous two, which makes it that much harder to write this article. The Yankees went 2-5 this week and it was a lot tougher to watch then even that record indicates. They lost key division games to Torontoand Baltimore, which dropped them to 4th place. I went to my sister’s softball game yesterday and they got a string of 5 two out base hits in a row and I finally remembered what clutch hitting was supposed to look like. After Thursday’s abomination against Toronto I started to think about how I would choose a player of the week for this week. When not one single soul on the team could not get a hit with runners in scoring position to save their and the starting pitching was bad how could I choose a player? Would I have to just leave it blank for this week? Could I give it to the ball boy, laundry guy, or the clubhouse janitor? Thankfully Andy Pettitte made that decision easy after his dominating effort on Friday. Normally I have 4 players nominated, but I can only justify nominating two players this week. They are Andy Pettitte and Robinson Cano.
The Case For Pettitte: Andy Pettitte turned back the clock Friday against Cincinnatiand then some. In a bigger game than normal for the month of May Pettitte turned in one of his vintage big game performances. Pettitte threw 8 shutout innings, allowed 4 hits, and struck out 9. If the Yankees turn their season around and make the postseason can you really see somebody else starting Game 2? Even though it was against the Reds, who had Miguel Cairo as their DH, yes that Miguel Cairo, you still have to be impressed with what Pettitte did. As usual the Yankees gave him little run support so Pettitte had to be flawless to keep the lead until the Yankees broke out in the 8th. He had the over aggressive Reds completely off balance the whole night. His stuff from 2 years go has gone nowhere.
The Case For Cano: In a normal week Cano probably wouldn’t be nominated, but I had to at least nominate one other player. Cano hit .280 on the week, with 1 HR, and 3 RBI. Cano hit a bomb home run Friday against Cincinnati to help bust the game open. Unfortunately Cano did not do an better than the rest of the lineup getting hits with RISP.
The week 6 Yankees player of the week is Andy Pettitte in the biggest runaway so far this year. Pettitte is the 6th different winner for player of the week this year and there has been no 2 time winner yet. This exemplifies how inconstant most of the Yankees have been this year. As always discuss your thoughts on the player of the week and the Yankees week that was in the comments. Also, please vote for the poll.
Lineup vs. Reds:
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia
Gardner won't pick up a bat until Thursday. Not a good sign.—
Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) May 20, 2012
Girardi said Gardner probably won’t pick up a bat until thursday. Said team doesn’t feel elbow is “healed yet.”
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 20, 2012
If you didn’t watch today’s Yankees game, you might want to find a way to watch it again. Yes, the Yankees didn’t win, but today’s game was one of the oddest game of the year. Why I mention that? Ivan Nova gave up 5 runs, but still managed to strike out 12 of the Reds hitters.
The big blow came in the 5th inning when Joey Votto hit a 3 run homer off of Nova. The Yankees tried to rally in the 9th after Raul Ibanez hit a double, Nick Swisher doubled to bring him home and Jayson Nix brought Swisher home. The game ended with the same problem that the Yankees have had all season: not being able to hit with runners in scoring position. Curtis Granderson grounded out with a runner at third base.