Monday, July 25, 2011

New York Yankees Week in Review: Sliding Back

Coming out of the All-Star break, the Yankees were within shouting distance of first place. By the end of the week however, New York found itself 3 games behind the Red Sox in the division. While most Yankee players know there is a lot of season left to play, and that anything can happen, it is also obvious that the Yankees pitching has been less than exceptional so far this season. Everyone outside of CC Sabathia has had their struggles. With the trade deadline looming, and with the gap between New York and Boston growing ever wider, the Yankees need to be concerned with, and looking for, pitching. But before I address that, we need to look at how the Yankees got to this point.

The Yankees went 6-5 since the All-Star break, splitting 4-game sets with Toronto and Tampa Bay, and taking 2 of 3 from Oakland. That gives them an overall record of 59-40, good enough for second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox.

Player of the Week: This has to go to Curtis Granderson, as he continues to power the Yankees to victory.

Game of the Week: Last Monday’s game against the Rays proved to be the game of the week

Surprise of the Week: Freddy Garcia pitched 8 shutout innings with 7 Ks against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, and while he remains inconsistent and in danger of being moved at the deadline, this was a nice surprise as it was clearly his best outing of the season. He is now 8-7 with a 3.21 ERA. He just needs to be more consistent. Had he been doing this all year, pitching wouldn’t be an issue for the Yankees.

Predictions: With the way the Yankees pitching has been lately, this week doesn’t seem easy. But Seattle has struggled, and the Yankees totally own the O’s this year. Maybe with one last hurrah, the Yankees pitchers can make one last effort to save their jobs with the trade deadline approaching. It would be naive of me to think that the Yankees run the table this week, especially since they have a doubleheader on Saturday, so I have them going 5-2 this week, taking 2 of 3 from Seattle and taking 3 of 4 from Baltimore.

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