Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week
This week in Yankees baseball was more about injuries than anything that happened on the field. The Yankees were rolling and really did not have a worry in the world. They had a 7 game lead in the loss column over the Red Sox and Rays. However, the Yankees world turned when CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte got injured on Wednesday. Sabathia will only miss 1 more start but the Yankees are just hoping Pettitte can be healthy for October. On the field the Yankees had a good week going 5-2. They beat the Mets on Sunday, swept Cleveland, and lost the first 2 out of 3 against Chicago. The one that hurts is Thursday’s loss that the Yankees had in the bag going into the 9th. Rafael Soriano was unavailable and the combination of Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, and David Robertson blew the game. The nominations for Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week are Hiroki Kuroda, Dewayne Wise, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher.
The Case For Kuroda: Kuroda came up big in a big game Saturday vs.Chicago. The Yankees were desperate for length and production from Kuroda, as their bullpen was taxed. Kuroda got over throwing a bunch of pitches early to throw 7 shutout innings. Kuroda also had 11 strike outs. Kuroda also pitched a wonderful game on Monday vs.Cleveland. Kuroda pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 run, and struck out 7. He had the young Indians looking silly on his splitter all night long.
The Case For Wise: Well who would have thought Dewayne Wise would ever be a candidate for Player of the Week? It may be the only week, but Wise certainly earned it. Wise was 7-11 on the week, with 2 HR’s, and 5 RBI. He was 3-3 in the biggest win of the week Saturday vs.Chicago.
The Case For Cano: Cano has continued his assault on baseball this week. Cano hit .429 on the week, with 4 HR’s, and 9 RBI. Cano had a hit in all 7 games this week. Cano also had an RBI on 6 of the 7 games. The fact that Cano is a 2nd half hitter should have the rest of theAL scared out of their minds.
The Case For Swisher: Swisher’s big moment of the week came Sunday at Citi Field. His 3 run home run against R.A. Dickey got the Yankees out to a 4-0 lead. Swisher hit .292 on the week, with 2 HR’s, and 4 RBI.
The Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week goes to Hiroki Kuroda. Cano was deserving as well but Kuroda almost threw 2 shutouts this week and came up huge yesterday. This is Kuroda’s 3rd Player of the Week award this year. As always you are encouraged to vote for your choice in the poll and discuss in the comments.