Week 8 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees had an average at best week going 3-3. What made it so bad was that 2 of their losses were games that were almost impossible to loose. Coming off a sweep of Oakland you would have like to have seen them play better. However, if they beat Verlander today and go 6-3 on the trip, that is very good. On Monday, The Yankees had a 3-0 lead after the top of the 1st and Angels ace Jered Weaver had to leave the game due to injury. Phil Hughes managed to give that all back and then some as quickly as possible as he led up 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The Yankees lost to the Angels bullpen 9-8. It is hard to blame the offense for that one when they scored 8 runs so most of the blame goes to Hughes and Joe Girardi for some questionable decisions. Girardi stuck with Hughes to long and out David Phelps in a bases loaded situation that he was not comfortable in. As a usual starter, Phelps should really never be brought in during the middle of an innings, especially when the bases are loaded. Against Kendry Morales Boone Logan should have been brought in instead to turn Morales around to his much weaker right side. Then of course we have the abomination that was yesterday’s game. The Tigers and Jose Valverde desperately wanted to give that game to the Yankees but they refused to mention. It would take to long to go over all of the RISP fail’s but Robinson Cano’s was the worst. Valverde could not find the strike zone with a 10 foot pole and Cano bailed him out on a 1-0 pitch by popping up. Unfortunately, with Cano’s plate discipline I was not terribly surprised by this. The Week 8 Yankees Player of the Week nominees are Rafael Soriano, Mark Teixeira, Hiroki Kuroda, and Curtis Granderson.
The Case For Soriano- Rafael Soriano is a guy who does not get enough credit. For some reason he is a guy who is often criticized. He performed well last year when he wasn’t hurt and he has gotten the job done this year seemingly every time out. His contract is bad, but blame ownership for that not him. Right now without Soriano they would be in a world of trouble. For this week Soriano was 3-3 in his save chances. He got a really important one Wednesday in Anaheim to help the Yankees salvage the last game of the series. Soriano has not blown a save since Mo got hurt and he deserves a lot of credit.
The Case For Teixeira: Teixiera was not as dominant as last week, but still had a solid week. Teixeira hit .318 for the week, with 1 HR, and 3 RBI. On Monday, Teixeira got on base in all 5 of his AB’s, including a HR. Yesterday Teixeira had a good day going 1-3 with a key walk to tie the game. Unfortunately, that was better than most of the team with RISP. Teixiera was also robbed of a HR yesterday by Don Kelly that could have tilted the game in the Yankees favor.
The Case For Kuroda: Kuroda had two stellar starts this week. The first of which came Sunday atOaklandwhen Kuroda pitched 8 shutout innings, allowed only 4 hits, and struck out 3. Kuroda backed that up yesterday by having a good performance atDetroitdespite a 30 minute rain delay. Kuroda pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 4. His performance yesterday should have resulted in a win, but the Yankees offense did not do their part.
The Case For Granderson: Granderson had a solid week hitting .296 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. His grand slam Friday at Detroit essentially won the Yankees that game. Granderson was also big the game before that in Anaheim as he had a double, a HR, and 3 RBI.
The Week 8 Yankees Player of the Week goes to Hiroki Kuroda. This is the 2nd time Kuroda has won as he won the 1st week of the season as well. Kuroda has quietly been pretty good this year. In 8 out of his 11 starts he has allowed 3 runs or less. His main problems have been the long ball and the fact that the Yankees score no runs for him. Kuroda ranks 116th out of 120 pitchers in run support. He must feel like he is back in L.A. It is a close race this week so vote in the poll and discuss your choice in the comments.