Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees went from being in last place at the start of the week to being in 3rd place, only 3.5 games out of 1st, and feeling very good about themselves. The Yankees finished the week going 4-2. They went on a 4 game winning streak after a meeting with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi. Hopefully it can have the same effect on the team that it did when Cashman visited the team in Atlanta in 2009. They preached that it was not a panic meeting and that they have confidence in them. This week has shown what the Yankees offense can be when the middle of the order hitters are hot at the same time. Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano carried the Yankees this week to 4 straight wins. It may not have been against good competition, but considering where this team was on Monday after the loss to Kansas City it was huge to turn it around quickly. This week’s nominations for Yankees Player of the Week are Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Andy Pettitte.
The Case For Teixeira: Teixeira raised his average by over 20 points and has gotten it up to almost .250 this week. Hopefully he has moved past his sickness and his customary cold start to have go onto have his usual power numbers. However, he teased us before this year after he got his average over .280 with an outstanding game in Boston, so he needs to keep it up this time. Teixeira has carried the Yankees to their past 2 wins at Oakland. He had 2 HR’s and 5 RBI yesterday, and his 2 run homer on Friday in the 3rd inning got the Yankees out to a lead they would never relinquish. He also had hits in 2 of the 3 games against Kansas City and 3 walks and an RBI in the game he did not have a hit in. Teixeira batted .400 on the week with 3 HR’s, and 8 RBI.
The Case For Rodriguez: Alex Rodriguez answered a lot of his critics on Wednesday against Kansas City. Starting Sunday against Cincinnati when he hit a ball that everybody thought was gone but it wasn’t the media started to wonder if A-Rod was loosing his power. I myself thought it was not a bad idea to bat him 2nd. However, he hit 2 HR’s on Wednesday to quiet everybody. He also had multi hit games on Monday vs. Kansas City and Friday at Oakland. A-Rod batted .292 on the week with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI.
The Case For Cano: Robinson Cano has become a regular nominee for Yankees Player of the Week lately. Cano played a big role in yesterday’s win in addition to Teixeira with 3 hits and a HR. Also, Cano has an RBI in the last 4 games. For the week Cano hit .304, with 3 HR, and 4 RBI.
The Case For Pettitte: Andy Pettitte continues to look like he has not missed any time and looks better than ever. Pettitte pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 8. Pettitte allowed 3 infield hits so he had a bit of bad luck and his runs were allowed on 2 solo HR’s. The strikeouts Pettitte has been recording since he returned have been very impressive.
The winner for Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week is Mark Teixeira. Stunningly, Teixeira is the first 2 time winner of the award this year. The problem is he has not even been nominated during any other week other than the 2 weeks he has won. This shows how bad Texeira has been this year other than his 2 very hot weeks. According to Wally Matthews, Teixeira has stopped listening to all the suggestions he has been getting and has gone back to his old style. Teixeira had been trying to hit the ball other way more to raise his batting average. It was not working, as he was just replacing some outs he would hit into the shift by hitting them the other way and getting outs. Worst of all he was not hitting for the same power that he did last year. At this point he is best off being what he is than what he was trying to be. He is never going to hit .300 again so is it really worth it to have him hit .270 with 25 HR’s and 95 RBI rather than what he did last year? I don’t think so. There are worse things in the world than having a guy hit almost 40 HR’s, 115 RBI, and play a gold glove 1B. Most teams would sign up for that. If he were to ever hit in the postseason there would be no problem. Hopefully going back to Teixeira’s old approach will continue to have the success that it did this week. It is a close race this week so vote in the poll and discuss in the comments.