Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees had a solid week going 3-2 vs. Seattle and Boston. The highlight of the week was the bases clearing double by Jayson Nix in the 8th inning on Wednesday that gave the Yankees the series win. It was a huge hit because it looked like the Yankees were about to go 1-6 on their west coast trip after another game of failed RBI chances. However, Nix changed all of that and the Yankees carried that momentum into a blowout win on Friday against Boston. The Yankees could have won yesterday after Mark Teixeira’s dramatic game tying home run off of rival Vincente Padilla, but Curtis Granderson misplayed Pedro Ciriaco’s fly ball and the Yankees lost 8-6. The nominations for Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week are Curtis Granderson, Jayson Nix, Hiroki Kuroda, and Mark Teixeira.
The Case For Granderson: While Granderson cost the Yankees yesterday’s game with his defense he did have a very nice week with the bat. Granderson hit .308, with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI on the week. Granderson hit a grand slam Friday vs. Boston to put that game to rest.
The Case For Nix: Nix only had 2 hits in 7 AB’s on the week but he made them count. The first hit, as I mentioned before, was a huge bases clearing double to give the Yankees the series win in Seattle. Nix also had a 2 run HR after Boston went up 6-1 to help get the Yankees back into the game.
The Case For Kuroda: Kuroda had a dominating start Monday in the Seattle when the Yankees really needed one following a sweep at the hands of the Oakland A’s. Kuroda pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 run on 3 hits, and struck out 9.
The Case For Teixeira: Mark Teixeira has made himself a fixture on the nomination list for this award the last few weeks. This week he did not disappoint again this week. He hit .348 on the week, with 1 HR, and 7 RBI. He could have hit even higher because he had many hard hits in Seattle that he got robbed on. Teixeira had an RBI in 4 out of the 5 games this week. Also, as I mentioned before, Teixeira hit a game tying HR yesterday off rival and noted head hunter Vincente Padilla.
The Week 15 Yankees Player of the Week is Mark Teixeira. Teixeira’s HR off Padilla was my favorite moment of the season so far even though the Yankees lost. To see a class act like Teixeira hit that HR off of a guy like Padilla was great. Teixeira has had an amazing July and the Yankees will need him to continue it into August with the loss of Alex Rodriguez. As always vote for your choice in the poll and discuss in the comments.