Since we last checked in on the players of the week, the Yankees split a four-game series with the Royals and will play the rubber game of a three-game set against the Rays tonight in the Bronx. Despite going just 3-3 in that span, the good news is that no one was as pitiful as some were last week, when four regulars posted a 30 wRC+ or lower. The bad news, however, is that despite the improvements, the team still played .500 ball.
With that said, here are your players of the week for week five the the season. As always, all statistics are from fangraphs.
Raul Ibanez: Two homers, an 11.1 BB%, and a .375/.444/.813 line this week for the aging slugger, good for a .527 wOBA and a 243 wRC+. Ibanez was the only Yankee to homer more than once this week. He's now hitting .275/.338/.551 with a .371 wOBA, a 135 wRC+ and a 1:1 K/BB ratio against right-handed pitching. It's hard to legitimately complain about Ibanez when he's in the batter's box, but he's fair game otherwise. If Girardi uses him correctly, Ibanez will provide value.
Derek Jeter: Another stellar week for the Captain, as he returns to the top players list after spending a week in the not-so honorable category. Jeter hit .400/.444/.600 this week, good for a .452 wOBA and a 191 wRC+. He also became the first Yankee to ever collect 50 hits in the first 30 games since the beginning of the liveball era. He's truly had a remarkable start to the season.
Alex Rodriguez: A very good week for A-Rod, as he hit .333/.462/.476. However, his extra base power has not turned up yet, as his .143 ISO for the week was in line with his .153 ISO on the season. Until he starts hitting homers and doubles, he'll need to keep walking in order to provide consistent, above average production.
Honorable Mentions: Robinson Cano (1 homer, 148 wRC+) and Russell Martin (1 homer, 117 wRC+).
Not-so Honorable Mentions: Mark Teixeira (66 wRC+) and Nick Swisher (84 wRC+).
CC Sabathia: Sabathia continued his outstanding pitching this week, tossing eight innings to the tune of a 2.25 ERA and a 1.70 FIP in his only start. He now has a 3.09 FIP on the season and has already been worth 1.1 WAR, good for seventh in the American League.
Phil Hughes: Who would have guessed that Phil Hughes would have the second best week among Yankees pitchers? In his lone start, he tossed 6 2/3 innings, struck out seven, and walked one while posting a 3.25 FIP. All we can do is hope that he continues to put together starts like this.
Ivan Nova: Nova limited the Rays to just two runs over seven innings while striking out eight and walking only two in his only start. However, he did allow two homers, which added some blemishes to an otherwise outstanding outing.
Honorable Mentions: Boone Logan and Cory Wade (a combined 5 2/3 innings of no-run baseball).
Not-so Honorable Mentions: David Robertson (13.50 ERA, 6.70 FIP)