Yankees Player of the Week

Zoilo Almonte 4

The Yankees had a very good week going 4-2 against the Angels, Dodgers and Rays. They salvaged their final game against the Angels after nearly blowing a 6-0 ninth inning lead and they hung on to win 6-5. They split a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the night game was embarrassing as they got shutout by a bad pitcher in Chris Capuano.  Their offense futility continued the next night in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. However, they had two huge wins the last two days over Tampa Bay, as Zoilo Almonte gave them the spark they seemed to need. Yesterday’s win was one of the best of the year as Vernon Wells hit a bases clearing double to give the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the 7th inning after the Rays had gone up 5-3 on a Will Myers grand slam. This week’s nominees for Yankees player of the Weel are Mariano Rivera, Zoilo Almonte, Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki. 

Mariano Rivera- Mo had three saves on the week and he really started to use his two-seam fastball on righties a ton this week. He looks as nasty as ever. 

Zoilo Almonte- Almonte hit .625 on the week with a home run and 4 RBI. He has shown great discipline at the plate and has given the Yankees a much needed spark. He had three hits in Friday’s win and three RBI in yesterday’s win. 

Lyle Overbay- Overybay continues to get the job done in place of Mark Teixeira. He hit .318 with 4 RBI on the week. 

Ichiro Suzuki- Ichiro has hit better at the plate of late and hit .273 with 1 HR and 4 RBI on the week. Also, he made a few sparkling plays out in right field. 

Not much an argument can be made against Zoilo Almonte this week, so he is your Yankees Player of the Week. Vote for your player of the week and discuss the week that was in the comments. 

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Posted on June 23, 2013, in Player of the Week and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Small sample but, looking good so far, is Zoilo another Kevin Maas or for real? He has shown a lot of talent on the farm but, this is like going from grade school to college! I hope they don’t sit him if he has a bad day or two, heck everyone has them.
    We could use some help in the OF, even though we do have a couple of guys showing good down on the farm, they may be a year or two away yet.
    Zoilo could make it less of a need for the team to go after a name OF this winter.

    • old yankee, great point , hoping Zoilo is the real thing, it would be a big boost for the Yanks. It might give them wiggle room to resign Kuroda in the off season.

      • doug…
        I am not so sure of signing Kuroda again, CC is showing the number of pitches he has thrown and Kuroda will be 38 next year.
        We will have CC, Pineda, Phelps, Cabral, Nova as possible starters, that isn’t a bad stating point!
        Who knows what Hal and Co. will deal with the winter FA signings etc….please, no FA’s, we need Draft numbers.
        One more good draft one through 32 (more like 24) from; Granderson, Joba(?), Hughes, Stewart!

    • Agreed ken. Let him work through the growing pains.

      • That is the way most the good players do it, one must learn how to handle failures (unlike me) everyone has ups and downs and up again! Some fans don’t understand the pressure these guys are under, the keepers are the ones that have learned, or learn, how to harness the pressure!
        Thus, you have hitters and pitchers that show up big in pressure situations, and others…not so much!

  2. Sorry guys, had to go back to my first account name, the other one was messed up by my great-grand-son.

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