Yankees Weekly Report Card: 5/5/13 - 5/11/13

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees get grades for their performance for the week. Come back every Sunday to see how well everyone did and what they need to do for next week.

Hitters:

Robinson Cano - B-
.240/.269/.360, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K, SB
Notes: Cano suffered from a miniature slump earlier in the week, which may have been due to hitting a ball off his foot last week. He has since crept back up to a respectable level, but he needs to pick himself back up to the level he was playing at earlier.

Brennan Boesch - Incomplete
.333/.333/.333, RBI, K
Notes: Boesch hasn't had many chances to play since Benny Frank is the guy that gets all the starts against lefties. Unlike Francisco, Boesch actually did something productive when he beat out a ground ball to score the winning run against the Rockies.

Ben Francisco - F
.000/.167/.000, K
Notes: Francisco has barely played this week, or really ever, since he's been a Yankee. He's been pretty horrendous every time he's been given playing time, even if there was that one time he hit a home run.

Brett Gardner - B
.227/.320/.409, RBI, 5 K, SB
Notes: Gardner lead the team with three extra base hits this week, but he also struck out a lot. He only stole one base and that is going to have to change if he wants to be as valuable as he possibly can.

Travis Hafner - F
.167/.333/.167, 3 K
Notes: Hafner has been one of the Yankees' best hitters so far this season, but watching him this week you wouldn't be able to tell. He stayed somewhat productive, but it was a far cry from his earlier production. It didn't help that he was stuck on the bench for most of the interleague series.

Chris Nelson - C-
.238/.273/.333, 2 RBI, 5 K
Notes: Nelson's first week as a Yankee was not very pretty, though he did finally string a few hits together by the end of it. If he's going to be the everyday third baseman for now he needs to contribute in someway every day, striking out five times is not going how you do that.

Jayson Nix - A
.300/.440/.440, 7 K, SB
Notes: Jayson Nix is a baseball player and baseball players get hits, steal bases and strike out, a lot, apparently. The surprising thing is that he's been very good at getting on base so someone else can bring him in. He just needs to stop striking out and actually get a hit with runners in scoring position.

Eduardo Nunez - Incomplete
.250/.250/750, K
Notes: Nunez only played in two games this week before suffering a pulled muscle near his rib cage that has kept him out of the lineup. He needs to actually get healthy and get in a game or go on the disabled list so the Yankees can bring someone in who can play.

Lyle Overbay - A+
.304/.333/.522, HR, 7 RBI, 4 K
Notes: Overbay has been ridiculous. He has been feasting on right-handers all season and even though the Yankees had to face several lefties, he was still able to put up these numbers. If he was even average against southpaws I don't even know what kind of numbers he'd be putting up.

Austin Romine - Incomplete
.000/.000/.000, 2 K
Note: Romine has not played much at all. He played in one game and didn't do anything. If this is the way he's going to be used then it would make more sense to just bring Bobby Wilson up and let Romine play every day in Triple-A.

Chris Stewart - F
.125/.167/.125, 2 RBI, K, SB
Notes: Chris Stewart is not a good hitter at all. No one is expecting anything from him, but it would still be nice to get some production out of the catcher every now and again. It's too bad Austin Romine isn't allowed to play.

Ichiro Suzuki - A+
.300/.333/.550, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K, 3 SB
Notes: Ichiro has been fantastic all of a sudden, as if he is trying to make up for his terrible start to the season. He's been an all around hitter and looked like classic Ichiro this week. He has also been very aggressive on the base path and this team needs that.

Vernon Wells - B+
.269/.269/.500, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 K, SB
Notes: It looked like Wells was finally coming back down to Earth and it was going to be depressing. Then he seemingly came back to life and continued to hit. He had a hit in all but two games and tied Overbay for the team lead in hits for the week. The Yankees are going to need him to keep doing what he's doing at least until Curtis Granderson can get back.

Pitchers:

Hiroki Kuroda - A
2.57 ERA, BB, 3 K, 1.14 WHIP
Notes: Kuroda was on the losing side of a pitching duel when he gave up a home run to Carlos Gonzalez while the Yankees' offense got shut out. He gave up seven hits, but was able to stay out of trouble for most of the night; it's not his fault the Yankees couldn't score any runs.

CC Sabathia - Incomplete
2.25 ERA, BB, 2 K, 0.50 WHIP
Notes: Sabathia only pitched four innings because of a rain delay, but he was somewhat shaky in the little amount of time he had on the mound. He needs to step up and be the ace that he is supposed to be; Sabathia hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been too dominating this season so far.

Phil Hughes - C
3.95 ERA, 4 BB, 12 K, 1.10 WHIP
Notes: Hughes actually pitched twice this week and he was night and day between the two. He went eight innings and struck out nine against Oakland, but reverted to his same old inconsistent self against the Rockies when he gave up six runs on seven hits in only 5.2 innings. Phil keeps teasing us, making it look like he's figured everything else and then he reminds us that he really hasn't after all.

Andy Pettitte - C+
3.75 ERA, 5 BB, 9 K, 1.29 WHIP
Notes: Pettitte has had trouble in his last two starts to be at all effective and it's been worrisome, considering his age and recent back problems. He has said he's been having trouble getting a feel for his cutter and that has led to a lot of control problems, but last night he put all the concerns to rest by pitching seven innings and striking out seven against the Royals. Hopefully he can keep going from here.

David Phelps - B
3.00 ERA, BB, 4 K, 0.67 WHIP
Notes: With Ivan Nova on the disabled list, Phelps has a chance to steal away his rotation spot. Unfortunately, he's been pretty disappointing. He had a good outing this week, but he let up the lead after the Yankees gave him the only two runs they could muster before the ninth inning. He needs to avoid big innings because he's been pretty solid so far.

Mariano Rivera - A
0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3 SV
Notes: Mo has had some nerve wracking saves recently, but he's still perfect for the season. He only gave up two hits this week, so he's still been shutdown like the Mariano Rivera we all know and love.

David Robertson - A
0.00 ERA, 3 K, 0.30 WHIP
Notes: Robertson was out for a couple games with a slight hamstring strain leaving the bullpen short staffed. D-Rob has come back and pitched exactly like you want him to pitch.

Shawn Kelley - A+
0.00 ERA, 9 K, 0.23 WHIP
Notes: Kelley has been weird this season. He's been hit around, but he still strikes out everyone he doesn't let on base. He struck out five in a row against the Royals and only surrendered one hit in 4.1 innings, so maybe he can be useful after all.

Preston Claiborne - B
0.00 ERA, K, 0.82 WHIP
Notes: Claiborne made his major league debut and surprised everyone with a very effective 3.2 innings. He was perfect in his first two appearances, especially in his two-inning first game, but his last appearance netted him three hits allowed. Hopefully he's be more like his first appearance than his last.

Boone Logan - C
3.86 ERA, 3 K, 1.29 WHIP
Notes: Logan has pitched well enough filling in for the injured Joba Chamberlain, but he isn't consistent enough to be a back of the bullpen reliever since he has to pitch to both righties and lefties. He blew a game against the Athletics by giving up a go ahead home run trying to be the Eighth Inning Guy.

Adam Warren - F
0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 1.20 WHIP
Notes: Warren pitched in one game and was not very effective. He came in to replace Sabathia after a rain delay and did not pitch well. It's hard to be effective when you're not allowed to pitch regularly.

Vidal Nuno - Incomplete
N/A
Notes: Nuno did not pitch at all in this entire week. He might be the longman, but he still needs work, so if you're going to never use him why not bring someone else up you will use and make Warren the lone longman? You don't need two.

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