Week 9 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees had a stellar week that has led them towards the top of the AL East. Before today’s game against the Mets the Yankees were just a ½ game behind the Rays for the best record in the AL. The starting pitching led the charge during the 5-1 week. Phil Hughes started it off by out dueling Justin Verlander and the rest of the rotation followed. The offense also contributed by hitting top pitchers like Verlander, James Shields, and Johan Santana. The Week 9 Yankees Player of the Week nominations are Hiroki Kuroda, Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes.
The Case For Kuroda: For a little while it looked something magical might have been taking place Friday night. With Johan Santana making his first start after his no hitter Hiroki Kuroda tried to match him. He made it 5 2/3 innings before Omar Quintanilla broke it up with a double. Kuroda pitched 7 shutout innings before he had to come out of the game because he got hit on the foot on a line drive. If that had not occurred the chances Kuroda would have pitched a CG shutout were good, as he was that dominant.
The Case For Cano: Cano had a stellar week batting .364, with 3 HR’s, and 6 RBI. Cano was very consistent as he got a hit in every game this week. His big game was Friday against the Mets when he hit 2 HR’s on 2 pitches.
The Case For Nova: Ivan Nova kept the line moving with an outstanding start on Wednesday againstTampaBay. Nova looked like the Nova of last year because he was getting ground ball outs instead of strike outs. His fastball command was much improved as Nova allowed 0 HR’s in his start, which had been a problem for him. Nova went 8 innings, allowed 4 hits, and 1 run.
The Case For Hughes: Phil Hughes pitched 2 very solid games this week. The first came in a huge spot Sunday againstDetroit. The Yankees needed to win the game to go 6-3 on the road trip instead of 5-4. Hughes had the tough task of out pitching Justin Verlander and he passed it with flying colors. Hughes pitched a complete game, allowed 1 run, 4 hits, and struck out 8. Hughes backed that up by allowing only 2 runs in 6.1 innings in a win over the Mets yesterday. Hughes kept the Yankees in the game until Mark Teixeira gave them the lead with a 2 run HR.
The Week 9 Yankees Player of the Week goes to Phil Hughes because he had 2 wins this week, including one in the biggest game of the week. As always vote in the poll and discuss your choice in the comments.