At 8 games out, three teams in front in the AL East, the season is all but lost except for a chance at one of the two Wild Card spots. The slide since mid-May has continued, with few bright spots. As I already covered mostly everything in the All-Star Break report, this will focus on the players.
Robinson Cano: His July numbers are great (.315/.409/.500) even though it looked like he was in a slump and HR drought. Best month since April, but has fizzled since the All-Star Break.
Derek Jeter: Made an impossible comeback by hitting a HR on the first pitch. ’nuff said- the man is amazing.
Ichiro: .305/.340 in July and an integral part of generating the few runs the Yankees manage to score. What a great athlete at 39.
Brett Gardner: Got cold; he’s a streaky hitter.
Alfonso Soriano: The right handed power hitter than the Yankees so desperately needed already paid dividends. Considering the Yanks got him for nothing (screw you for saying otherwise, Cashman) and don’t even pay most of his salary, this was a great deal by Hal Steinbrenner. Too bad the Yanks waited so long to get him because it’s probably too late. Still a lack of power in this lineup.
Lyle Overbay: Clutch god who always looks like he will lose playing time, but manages to deliver pinch hits and late inning HRs.
Brent Lillibridge: Great defender on 3B. Took Cruz’s place at 3B after he went on the DL. Had some clutch hits, but has a .200 to show for it.
Vernon Wells: Finally picked it back up in July (.292/.360) as a part timer, but no homeruns in two months.
Melky Mesa: Good stats in 5 games as a replacement player in the outfield.
Eduardo Nunez: Missed his opportunity to become the shortstop this year due to injuries and performance. Still has the super-speed, but has showed nothing with the bat. Improved his defense, but is now a bench player.
Jayson Nix: He’s back after a DL stint. He’s already overachieved this year with all of that playing time. Good defense and hustle, but not a good hitter.
Chris Stewart: Made the best play by any catcher I, or Tim McCarver, have ever seen in baseball history.
Austin Romine: Finally learned how to hit from Kevin Long. He could be a made man for 2014 now.
Hiroki Kuroda: 68% Quality Start Percentage (QS%) Uninhabitable ace.2.38 ERA in the AL East in a HR hitting home park. Eat it.
Ivan Nova: 56 QS%. Super Nova is HOT HOT HOT. Yes, he’s the second best starter now.
Andy Pettitte: 53 QS%: Finally has strung together two solid starts. If he was in Dodger Stadium, he would be Koufax (you know, like Kershaw).
Phil Hughes: 45 QS%: Can’t wait until he cashes out in 2014, plays in San Fran, and wins the Cy Young.
CC Sabathia: 45 QS%: Looks about done right now.
Mariano Rivera: 1.60 ERA 34/36 Saves
David Roberson: Seems ready to take the torch next year.
Preston Claiborne: Solid.
Boone Logan: Still good.
Shawn Kelley: Strikeout master, but may not be ready to be a setup man yet.
Adam Warren: Expected to perform as an emergency long man even when sitting in the bullpen for a week? Talented.
Joba Chamberlain: Why?
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