Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees finished 3-3 on the week coming off their undefeated week last week. The starting pitching dropped off a bit as Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte both had their struggles. A little drop in starting pitching had to be expected because their prior pace was not going to be sustainable. They struggled with RISP yet again this week, but used the long ball for wins especially against the Nationals on Sunday and the Mets yesterday. They have proved that they can hit them anywhere as they have 5 in the first 2 games at big Citi Field. The nominees for Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week are Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher.
The Case For Teixeira: Texiera had a hit in every game this week prior to last night’s game. Texeira batted .400 on the week with 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 5 runs scored.
The Case For Sabathia: CC had perhaps his best start of the year on Monday against the Braves. He fired his first complete game of the year, allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 10. Sabathia had been coasting along fine this year, but wasn’t his dominant self until Monday. Hopefully he can carry that momentum into tonight’s start as he has the tough task of having to out pitch R.A. Dickey.
The Case For Cano: Cano had a monster power week this week as he belted 4 HR’s. His 2 run homer Friday could have been huge if the Yankees could have capitalized againsr Francisco Cordero. 3 out of the 4 homers were solo though as Cano continues to struggle big time with RISP. It would be scary to think what his numbers would be if he was hitting just decently with RISP because he has still managed to have an all-star caliber 1st half with a .908 OPS. For the week Cano hit .286, with those 4 HR’s, and 5 RBI.
The Case For Swisher: Swisher hit .357 for the week, with 2 doubles, and 2 RBI. Swisher missed 2 games this week so his RBI and HR totals are low but his average is impressive. He had multi hit games in 2 of the 4 games he played in this week. Unfortunately he did knock over Ike Davis’ ball over the fence for a 3 run HR that gave the Mets a 5-0 1st inning lead on Friday.
The Week 11 Yankees Player of the Week is Robinson Cano. You are encouraged as always to vote in the poll and discuss your choice in the comments.