The 2010 regular season is over. MLB has become a pitcher’s era. The Yankees won the 2010 AL WILD CARD. Here are my opinions on the 2010 Yankees:
Robinson Cano: 2010 AL MVP. For a second baseman, rounding his stats, he’s a .320 hitter, .380 on-base %,with 200 hits, 100 RBI, 100 runs, 30 HR, and played a Gold Glove defense. He is a current superstar, and is the franchise of the team. Was healthy all season.
Nick Swisher: Underrated superstar who gets bruised a lot because he plays a hard right field. He’s arguably the most likable Yankees player, and has millions of obsessed fans who love his laid back and down-to-earth attitude. Rounding his numbers, he’s a .290/.360 hitter, with 90 RBI and 30 HR, and could bat 2nd or later in the lineup. Yankees would be in a horrible position without Swisher.
Mark Teixeira: A true professional 1st baseman in the same ilk as Tino Martinez, and may approach Don Mattingly icon status in a few years. After a horrible April and May, he once again finished with over 30 HR and 100 RBI. After batting way under .200 for so long, he managed to finish close to .260. Played with a broken toe and bruised thumb the last month. Best glove in baseball at first base.
Alex Rodriguez: The enigmatic A-Rod once again managed 30 HR and 100 RBI for the one millionth season in a row. Alex was an RBI machine this year in a low run scoring environment. I have a feeling his hip injury drained his super power- we’ll never see him hit 50 HR again, and 40 will be shocking. A-Rod managed to keep the distractions away this year, and changed his attitude and personality a bit. For the first time, he really showed his age, and has been nursing injuries.
Brett Gardner: Not a surprise to The DailySkew- we have been Brett Gardner fans since Day One. Gardner is the second coming of Brett Butler. He has a great glove, around 50 steals, a .386 on base percentage, and brings versatility to the Yankees. He fouls off a bunch of pitches and plays hard and tough. His wrist injury will not go away, and that took points off his batting average. He was flirting with .300 until the wrist problem. His naysayers simply look at his lack of power, ignoring that Gardner is a runs creator.
Jorge Posada: A 38-year old catcher is insanely rare. Still a team leader, he has forced pitchers to accept his word, although he doesn’t yell at them anymore. His power and walks are still there, but his average is not. Joe Girardi tried his best to rest Jorge to keep him from landing on the DL, but Jorge fractured his foot this season and got banged up pretty bad behind the plate. Has issues throwing runners out.
Marcus Thames: Free Marcus Thames, right? This backup outfielder, whom I underrated in Spring Training, proved that he is CLUTCH (winner of TWO A.J. Burnett pies) and Thames mauled lefties this year. Guy was great in limited duty. It’s like Girardi didn’t want to give him too many at bats in fear that he’d turn into a pumpkin. Great role player and solid bat off the bench and in a platoon role. Would love to have seen him be the every day DH to see what would have happened.
Curtis Granderson: Streaky hitter, who finally changed his swing vs lefties and got hot towards the end. Excellent fielder, nice guy, deceptive power, great speed. Overall his lack of walks, batting average, and struggles against lefties made this a bad 1st season for Curtis in pinstripes, although this was kept hidden because he has had some very important hits and made great plays. He’s not consistent enough yet.
Derek Jeter: Derek Jeter had his worst season of his career, but is still once of the top shortstops in the game.
Francisco Cervelli: Started off hot, but crashed hard and makes a lot of errors now. Still very young. Very exciting to watch, I admit he’s a guilty favorite of mine, as he’s so enthusiastic. No power, but clutch. He’s the best backup Jorge Posada has had in recent years, and overall had a decent year for someone who couldn’t hit in AA minor leagues. With Jesus [Montero] Coming in 2011 or 2012, Cervelli is destined for being a backup, and that’s fine.
Lance Berkman: Berkman was a bust at the trade deadline. He only had 1 HR in around 123 plate appearances. He hit much better after he came off the DL, but by then his stock had plummeted to that of Eric Hinske 2009. Yup, Lance Berkman = Eric Hinske .
Austin Kearns: What a country boy. First time he’s been in the Big City, and it shows. Actually hit one more HR than Berkman.
Ramiro Pena, Juan Miranda, Colin Curtis, Eduardo Nunez, Greg Golson, Chad Moeller, Kevin Russo: Nice guys who can’t hit.
WHO? Randy Winn, Nick Johnson [Super Bust], Chad Huffman
CC Sabathia: 21-7, 3.18, give that man a Cy Young Award.
Mariano Rivera: Another super year from Mo. Only stumbled when he was hurt or hiding an injury.
Andy Pettitte: Was on pace for 20 wins before the DL. Became such an intelligent and adaptable pitcher.
Phil Hughes: Was on pace for 20 wins before the All-Star Break, but the league seemed to have adapted to him, or perhaps he was not used to starting so many games in a season. Finished 18-8, 4.19 as a “5th starter” all year. Kid has GUTS and he needs to start Game 2 or 3 vs the Twins, not AJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kerry Wood: Surprise, surprise (well, not to Tony Vahl)! Wood was the hidden gem when Brian Cashman got Berkman, Kearns, and Wood at the trading deadline. He gave the Yanks 26 innings with an ERA of 0.69. His only flaw is his walks, but he seems to get out of jams with the strikeout. I was wrong about Kerry Wood.
Dave Robertson: Dave sucked so bad earlier in the season, I wanted him sent back down to AAA. But he rebounded and his much more reliable now, although not a “sure thing”.
Boone Logan: The lefty specialist. Another surprise since he sucked when he first came up.
Ivan Nova: Rising star? May have stamina or focus issues.
Dustin Moseley: The Dustin Moselely Experience officially came to an end today when the Red Sox blasted him, which prevented the Yankees from winning the AL East. Dustin is a good guy, and can get lucky, but has no stuff, like uhm A.J. is supposed to have “stuff”, whatever “stuff” is.
Sergio Mitre: Probably the most deceptive ERA- Mitre sucks, no matter what his ERA is. Yes, sometimes he’s good and can get a double play or strike out the side. But more than likely he’s mopping up and his prone to giving up HRs.
Joba Chamberlain: Joba sucks. He’s now Mr. League Average, and will always be. Enjoy.
Chad Gaudin: Mop up. Mop it up.
Jonathan Albaladejo: Dominated AAA as a closer, but never got a real shot at playing time in NY in 2010.
Romulo Sanchez: Another guy that never gets real time at the major league level in NY. He probably would have been better than Joba the Hut.
Royce Ring: Pass.
Javier Vazquez: As predicted, Homerun Javy can’t take NY. One of the worst pitchers in baseball as long as he’s in pinstripes. I bet Atlanta wanted a redo trade.
A.J. Burnett: Only Yankees pitcher in history to have an ERA over 5 and 15 losses. AJ SUCKS
On the DOWN LOW: Alfredo Aceves, Damaso Marte
So long: Chan Ho Park, Mark Melancon
Joe Girardi: Girardi disappointed me in the stretch run with inconsistent resting of players. He’s too smart and careful for his own good, and awfully stubborn. The difference between the AL East Championship and home field advantage and the lowly Wild Card was ONE GAME. Girardi cost the Yanks a few games this year with crazy moves and questionable days off. He should take the fall.
Coaches: All Yankees coaches get a high rating from me.
Brian Cashman: He made all of his pre-season moves, got three great acquisitions on paper at the trading deadline, and just let the team simulate wins and losses. He made no panic moves this year, and was hands off. All the major moves were done after the 2009 World Series victory. He had full confidence that the 2010 Yankees were better, but he was dead wrong. And for that I’m calling him out now, as being overrated.
There are no excuses why the Yankees won the freaking Wild Card. The Yankees should have won 100 wins this year. His two major mistakes were letting Hideki Matsui walk (2010 Godzilla: 20 HR, .271/.359, 82 RBI on a team he hates) and signing Javier Vazquez. Very simple: keeping Godzilla and NOT getting Vazquez would have resulted in the AL East Championship. Cashman continues to pay for the dreaded A.J. Burnett multi-year contract, and the way he mishandled Joba’s career.
Ownership: The Steinbrenner sons will pay for whatever Cashman asks for. They are fine.
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