Players of the Week: Week 4

May 1, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (14) singles to right during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Orioles won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Yankees went 3-3 over the last seven days, but in looking at the numbers, I'm astonished that they were able to scrape out three wins with the way the offense played. Pretty much everyone was either below average, terrible, or so terrible that you might assume something went wrong in the calculations. On the mound, well, be thankful for CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and the bullpen, because they and a few batters are the only reasons that the Yankees escaped the last six games with a .500 record.

Anyway, here are your players of the week.


Curtis Granderson: Granderson was one of the lone bright spots of the last six games, as he hit .333/.440/.810, good for a .519 wOBA and a 236 wRC+. He also hit three dingers and walked in 11.5% of his plate appearances, continuing to show an exceptional combination of power and patience.

Alex Rodriguez: I hadn't realized A-Rod had played so well this week, and was pleasantly surprised to see he hit .409/.480/.545. He also hit a homer and walked in 12% of his plate appearances. I'd like to see him hit for more power however, as his ISO has continued to regress, falling in line with his recent trend. The important thing is that he has stayed healthy, so hopefully with health can come more power.

Honorable Mentions: Andruw Jones (13 PA, 146 wRC+), Nick Swisher (10 PA, two homers, 389 wRC+). They'd receive mentions above if they hadn't played minimal roles.

Not-So Honorable Mentions: Derek Jeter (.674 OPS, 94 wRC+). It had to happen sooner or later, but it looks like Jeter is finally cooling off.

Too Awful to be Mentioned in the Above Category: Mark Teixeira (.091/.087/.091, -69 wRC+), Russell Martin (.063/.118/.250, -9 wRC+), Robinson Cano (.425 OPS, 5 wRC+), Raul Ibanez (.508 OPS, 30 wRC+).


CC Sabathia: He threw eight innings of two-run ball in his lone start of the week, and compiled a pitching triple slash of 2.25/3.35/.3.10. I'm still waiting for CC to stop giving up so many homers, as he's allowed at least one dinger in all but one of his starts this season. Still, his command and ability to strike people out were on display this week, as he struck out a batter per inning and walked only two.

Hiroki Kuroda: Kuroda was outstanding in his lone start of the week, inducing weak contact and showing sharp command on his way to seven innings of one-run ball. He had a 1.29 ERA and a 2.97 FIP on the week.

David Robertson: It's gotten to the point where it doesn't matter if he only throws a minimal amount of innings. David Robertson simply provides exceptional value in the innings he does throw. In just three innings this week, Robertson had a 21 K/9(!!), a 0.00 ERA, and a -0.69 FIP(!!). His three innings netted him 0.2 WAR, tied with CC and Kuroda despite throwing four less innings than Hiroki and five less innings than CC.

Honorable Mentions: Mariano Rivera, Cory Wade, David Phelps, and Clay Rapada get a collective shout out for combining to throw 9 2/3 scoreless innings this week. Phelps' 2.64 FIP was the highest among these four, speaking to the quality of the innings thrown among the group.

Not-So Honorable Mentions: Freddy Garcia (14.73 ERA, 7.34 FIP), Ivan Nova (8.49 ERA, 5.89 FIP), and Phil Hughes (6.35 ERA, 6.50 FIP).

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