Week 16 Yankees Player of the Week
The Yankees turned their week around after starting 1-2 by winning 4 straight to go a solid 5-2 on the week. However, there were some very tense moments in the Detriot series. One was when the Yankees nearly blew a 7-0 lead when the Tigers cut it to 8-7 after a bunch of lucky hits and Yankee errors. That was as close as they would get as the Yankees added 4 tack on runs to win 12-8. The next day the Yankees were down 3-2 in the 8th when Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit back-to-back homers to give the Yankees the lead. Rafael Soriano then had to get out of a first-and-third jam in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the win. The Yankees then took advantage of a banged up Toronto team to easily win the 1st two games of that series. The nominees for Week 16 Yankees Player of the Week are Eric Chavez, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, and Freddy Garcia.
The Case For Chavez: Chavez had an amazing week hitting .474, with 2 HR’s, and 5 RBI. It’s unfortunate that Chavez had to sit in Toronto against the two lefties because he left Detroit scorching hot. He had at last 2 hits in every game and got himself moved up to the fifth spot in the lineup. He had two impressive opposite field home runs in spacious Comerica Park, one of which won the final game and got the Yankees a series split.
The Case For Cano: Cano just kept up his consistent year this week by hitting .367 on the week. Cano also stole 2 bases this week, which is something new for him. It will be interesting to see if he keeps that up at all.
The Case For Jeter: Jeter had another splendid week that much like Cano goes along with his season. Jeter hit .342 on the week, with 3 RBI and had multiple hits in five of the seven games this week.
The Case For Garcia: Garcia continues to get the job for the Yankees and gives them a chance to win nearly every time he takes the mound. He does not do it in a flashy way, but for a #5 starter he gives you a he gives you all you can expect. Garcia won 2 games for the Yankees this week against Seattle and at Toronto. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits at Toronto. He had a similar performance against Seattle going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.
Eric Chavez is your Week 16 Yankees Player of the Week in a landslide. Perhaps you feel differently though and you can express your opinions by voting in the poll and talking about it in the comments.