Yankees Weekly Report Card: 6/30/13 - 7/6/13

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees went 6–1 this week.

Hitters:

David Adams - D
.188/.350/.250, 4 K
Notes: Adams is still not hitting, but he is taking walks, so we are seeing some progress. If he can just start getting some hits he might be able to break through.

Zoilo Almonte - C+
.308/.308/.346, 4 K, 3 RBI, SB
Notes: Almonte has not walked much, but he has still been productive. He does have the Yankees' only stolen base of the week, but he needs to start hitting for some power.

Robinson Cano - A+
.400/.484/.960, K, 4 HR, 11 RBI
Notes: Cano has really turned it on this week, being the most feared hitter in the lineup by a wide margin. This is the Cano that the Yankees need on a daily basis.

Luis Cruz - C-
.286/.286/.357, 3 K, 3 RBI
Notes: He has hit decently for a utility infielder pick up and he managed to contribute in his short amount of playing time. If he can collect a few hits when he plays he could end up staying on when the big guns come back.

Alberto Gonzalez - A
.375/.375/.500, 4 RBI
Notes: Gonzalez came through in a few big spots, but has since been passed over for Luis Cruz. He might get some playing time here and there in the next few weeks, but he'll probably get designated for assignment for Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter.

Brett Gardner - F
.115/.179/.192, 9 K, RBI
Notes: Gardner hit a wall this week and turned into a strikeout machine. He's struck out a lot this season, but it's finally caught up with him. Hopefully this is just a small blemish and not a sign that he's falling into a major slump.

Travis Hafner - C
.231/.333/.308, 7 K, 2 RBI
Notes:
Hafner got a couple of hits this week, which is now an accomplishment for the struggling DH. It would be nice to see him build from this, but I'm not expecting much going forward.

Jayson Nix - F
.125/.222/.250, 3 K
Notes: Nix hit a double and hurt his hamstring. He's been hitting like the utility player he is supposed to be, so it's not a big loss for the offense.

Eduardo Nunez - Incomplete
.667/.500/.667, 2 RBI
Notes: Nunez made his return at the end of the week and was already more valuable in one day than he was before he was injured.

Lyle Overbay - B+
.292/.379/.333, 6 K , RBI
Notes: Overbay has been solid this week, which is something you haven't been able to say about him in awhile. The Yankees still need to upgrade from him, but at least he's staying productive in the meantime.

Austin Romine - Incomplete
.000/.000/.000
Notes: Romine is basically just a defensive replacement at this point, so there's no reason to keep him over JR Murphy.

Chris Stewart - F
.105/.292/.105, 2 K, 2 RBI
Notes: Stewart has collected a few walks, but other than that the catching situation has fallen to the level everyone expected it to fall to. He isn't going anywhere now that Francisco Cervelli suffered a setback, so he needs to offer some kind of value, other than a pinch hit spot for Vernon Wells.

Ichiro Suzuki - A+
.333/.357/.519, 3 K, 4 RBI
Notes: Ichiro has continued his hot hitting this week and doesn't look to be slowing down at this point. With Gardner struggling and Almonte always a worry because of his inexperience it's good to know one outfielder is providing solid contributions.

Vernon Wells - A+
.429/.429/.500, 4 K, 4 RBI
Notes: Wells has found success as a part time player for the first time in a long time. He hit a walkoff single against the Orioles and has been productive in lefty match ups.

Pitchers:

Joba Chamberlain - C-
0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP
Notes: Joba was not given much work this week, even against the Twins. He managed to earn a win in one game, but only pitched to one batter and allowed an inherited runner to score in the other.

Preston Claiborne - Incomplete
10.80 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, K, 1.2 IP
Notes: Claiborne only pitched in one game this week and was ineffective in his second inning, giving up two singles and a two-run double. He's been effective despite not being as shutdown as he once was, but the small sample size makes it look a lot worse than it really was.

Phil Hughes - A+
1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 3 K, 7.0 IP
Notes: Hughes proved to be very effective in the expansive Target Field, giving up only one run that didn't come from a home run. This is what he needs to do in big ballparks.

Shawn Kelley - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.30 WHIP, 5 K, 3.1 IP
Notes: Kelley is striking people out again, so he's been unstoppable. He only allowed one hit this whole week, pushing him up the depth chart. Now that Joba Chamberlain has been ousted, he needs to keep striking batters out to hold onto his new late-inning role.

Hiroki Kuroda - D+
6.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 7 K, 3 HR, 6.0 IP
Notes: Kuroda only gave up three solo home runs in his start in Baltimore, but Boone Logan came on and allowed an inherited runner to score. He collected seven strikeouts, so he wasn't awful, but he still needed to do better.

Boone Logan - F
5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, K, HR, 1.2 IP
Notes: The record books only say he allowed one run on a Justin Morneau home run, but he also allowed two inherited runners to score as well. He needs to be effective against lefties again, otherwise he serves no purpose.

Ivan Nova - A+
2.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP, 11 K, HR, 9 IP
Notes: Super Nova showed up against the Orioles and pitched the best game of his career. The only blemish was a two-run home run that just made it over the wall. Now that David Phelps is hurt, he's going to have to step up and since he's returned from Triple-A he has shown that he might be able to.

Andy Pettitte - D
5.40 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 6 K, 2 HR, 11.2 IP
Notes: Pettitte was once again the old shaky Pettitte he's looked like since coming off the disabled list. He has been the weak link in the rotation, but is unlikely to be replaced, considering who he is and the fact that Michael Pineda will likely spend time in Triple-A.

David Phelps - D
5.68 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 5 K, HR, 6.1 IP
Notes: Phelps has been incredibly inconsistent recently, but he proved to be solid against the Twins. It's unfortunate that Joba and Boone came in and allowed two inherited runner to score because his line would look a lot better. He's now gone down with a forearm strain, so we'll see what happens with that.

David Robertson - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 6 K, 4.0 IP
Notes: Robertson has been the shutdown, strikeout reliever he needs to be this week and a performance like this shows why he is up for an All-Star selection.

Mariano Rivera - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 3 K, 3 SV, 3.1 IP
Notes: Mo went 3-for-3 in save situations this week and continued doing what he does best. The Twins presented him with a rocking chair made of broken bats and he thanked them with three scoreless appearances.

CC Sabathia - A
2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 9 K, HR, 7.0 IP
Notes: CC continues to give up a lot of hits and he walked three in his start this week, but he was able to limit the damage, which is what a workhorse like him is supposed to do. Hopefully he can get going in the second half, but he's survived so far.

Adam Warren - Incomplete
_.__ ERA, _.__ WHIP, 0.0 IP
Notes: Warren pitched to one batter this week and proceeded to walk him. It's not a surprise he lacked control after sitting on the bench for weeks.

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