MLB Post All-Star Break Review: New York Yankees
The New York Yankees have not had a great season thus far and most of it has to do with a poor tail end of their rotation and numerous injuries. Still posting a winning record in one of the hardest division in baseball with all the injury setbacks is making it not all bad for the Yankees this season.
The top of the Yankees rotation is anchored by Hiroki Kuroda who has an 11-7 record with a 2.33 ERA, and Ivan Nova who sports a 5-4 record and 2.93 ERA. The tail end of the rotation is what has been killing the Yankees along with the injuries. Andy Pettite (7-9, 4.62 ERA), C.C. Sabathia (10-10, 4.66 ERA), and Phil Hughes (4-11, 4.99 ERA) are the weak links in the rotation. Phil Hughes being the worst, while the others can have their bright spots, Hughes too often gets shelled.
Future Hall of Famer and arguably best reliever to ever do it Mariano Rivera has pitched good in his last season in the league making good on 35 of 40 save opportunities and holding a 2.44 ERA over 44 innings pitched. Relievers Boone Logan (3-2, 2.20 ERA) and prospect Vidal Nuno (1-2, 2.25 ERA) have done well enough in the innings they have pitched this season.
Second baesman Robinson Cano remains one of the finer hitters in the game with a .291 average, leading his team 22 home runs, and 73 RBI’s to go with 7 stolen bags on the year. Ichiro Suzuki continues to be a nice addition in his second year hitting .278 with six homers and 27 RBI’s, he also second on the team with 17 stolen bases. Lyle Overbay is second on the squad in homers with 13 and 50 RBI’s, while Brett Gardner is having a good season himself hitting .274 with 8 homers, 39 runs knocked in, and leads the team with 20 stolen bases.
The New York Yankees desperately need to add to their rotation in the off-season. They currently have some good reliever prospects to take over for Rivera when he is gone, but still could stand to add a few good bats to the lineup this off-season.
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