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Yankees Weekly Report Card: 5/26/13 - 6/1/13

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.

Warren doesn't like this week
Warren doesn't like this week
Al Bello

The Yankees went 1-6 this week.


David Adams - D-
.182/.217/.227, 6 K, 2 RBI
Notes: After a hot start to his career, Adams has cooled off considerably and actually only managed four hits in the past week, two of which came yesterday. He has been solid at third base, but he needs to hit if he wants to stay on the roster longterm. Taking a walk wouldn't hurt either.

Reid Brignac - F
.091/.091/.091, 5 K
Notes: Who will be cut from the roster when Andy Pettitte returns could ultimately come down to Adams or Brignac. To his credit, Brignac is the only backup shortstop on the roster and while he won't play often, it would be nice if he could do more than one hit in three games.

Robinson Cano - A+
.321/.345/.429, HR, BB, 8 K, 2 RBI
Notes: Cano has pulled out of his slump and hit the ball well this week to carry what little offense the Yankees have had. He doesn't necessarily need to carry this team on his back if others do their job, but striking out less would be nice.

Brennan Boesch - Incomplete
.571/.571/1.000, HR, 3 K, 2 RBI
Notes: Boesch has produced well in his limited playing time as the fourth outfielder, but he's unlikely to contribute any more than a game or two a week. Just get on base.

Brett Gardner - B
.250/.276/.429, HR, BB, 5 K, 2 RBI
Notes: Gardner had a weird week where he turned into a power hitter and stopped doing things on base. He did hit a triple, but he also hit a home run, struck out and barely walked. Gardner has been making some spectacular catches in the outfield, but he needs to start getting on base and stealing them again.

Travis Hafner - F
.071/.133/.071, BB, 8 K
Travis Hafner was terrible in the month of May and this week was no difference as he could only manage one hit and a walk in five games. It's unclear why he has fallen off a cliff after being so good in April, but this all seemed to start after he missed time because of his shoulder. If he's healthy he needs to do something productive as a DH-only player. He could start to lose playing time as more players come off the DL.

Jayson Nix - A+
.368/.400/.368, BB, 4 K, 3 RBI
Notes: Nix has been a bright spot in the Yankees' punchless lineup by somehow becoming one of their most productive hitters. He's basically been a singles hitter, but that's much better than the no-hitter that he usually is. If he can't field his position reliably at least he can add some value.

Lyle Overbay - D
.176/.263/.235, 2 BB, 6 K, RBI
Notes: Mark Teixeira may have returned at just the right moment now that Overbay has stopped being the productive hitter he has been. He will be getting a lot less playing time now, if he even stays with the team, so Overbay needs to be productive in limited action. Thankfully, this means he won't have to face lefties anymore.

Austin Romine - Incomplete
Notes: Romine isn't playing and that's probably because he hasn't gotten a hit in two weeks, not because Chris Stewart is much better. He has the least amount of plate appearances for any position player on the team and his only value is as a warm body to prevent Bobby Wilson from being called up to be the every day catcher. So far so good.

Chris Stewart - D
.182/.286/.182, 2 BB, 3 K, RBI
Notes: Chris Stewart has been pretty much useless at the plate and frustrating behind it. He's never going to hit, but if he's also not going to field his position adequately then they need to find a catcher who can. All he needs to do is survive another couple weeks before Francisco Cervelli returns and then he can break down like he clearly wants to.

Ichiro Suzuki - A+
.348/.375/.435, BB, 2 K, RBI
Notes: Ichiro is having a very hot and cold season in 2013. At first he was awful, then he was amazing, then he was really bad, and now he's quietly been the best hitter on the team this week. It would be nice if he could keep this up, but it's not likely that he can at this point. Maybe he can just not be so bad when he does eventually stop hitting everything.

Mark Teixeira - Incomplete
.143/.250/.143, BB, 5 K
Notes: Tex is supposed to be back and bringing all the offense with him, but in two games he's just been April Tex. Obviously, it's still early in his return so he could turn it around relatively quickly, but it could be a slow up hill battle to productivity.

Vernon Wells - D-
.125/.125/.167, 6 K
Notes: Wells has completely fallen off the face of the Earth in recent weeks after being one of the most productive hitters on the team. It's hard to tell if this is who he really is or if he's just in a bad slump, but with Curtis Granderson out for another month the Yankees can't afford to have a huge hole in the middle of their lineup.

Kevin Youkilis - Incomplete
.143/.250/.143, BB, 5 K, RBI
Notes: Youkilis has the exact same line that Teixeira has, except for the fact that there happened to be a runner in scoring position when he got his hit. He is supposed to bring patience to the team, but so far it just looks like he's out of sync right now. If he can stay healthy he should be productive, but that's a big "if" given his history. The Yankees might have to rely on David Adams even more than they thought.


Joba Chamberlain - Incomplete
0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 3 K
Notes: Joba has finally returned from the disabled list in time to make one appearance in May and allow an inherited runner to score. There's talk that he might have lost his role in the seventh inning, but if he can pitch well it doesn't matter when he comes into the game.

Preston Claiborne - A
0.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 3K
Notes: Claiborne has been a revelation for the Yankees' bullpen. He isn't so much dominating as he is effective and he has yet to issue a walk in his big league career. He could have a bad outing one day, but right now he's been the bridge between middle relief and the backend of the bullpen.

David Huff - Incomplete
9.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, K
Notes: It's amazing that this guy ever pitched for the Yankees. He will forever be remembered as the player that got Ben Francisco off the roster.

Phil Hughes - C
4.76 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 13 K
Notes: In two starts this week Hughes has been his inconsistent self; he gave up plenty of hits and runs one night and kept the damage limited another. He really needs to stop giving up so many home runs, but it's clear that this will always be his undoing.

Shawn Kelley - Incomplete
6.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 3 K
Notes: Kelley only pitched in one game this week, probably due to the fact that the Yankees have no need for him when they're losing. In his first inning of work, he struck out the side, just like he usually does, but after that he had a bad inning. He needs to keep striking people out because that seems to be the only way he can keep people off the base path.

Hiroki Kuroda - A+
0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 7 K
Notes: Kuroda was dominate against the Mets and actually out dueled Matt Harvey, but it ended in Mariano Rivera's first blown save of the season. This was a great rebound from his last start against the Orioles where he only went two innings and was completely ineffective. This is the pitcher who has been the Yankees' ace.

Boone Logan - Incomplete
0.00 ERA 1.50 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: Logan was barely used this week, but, when he was, he got his man. His week revolved around David Wright; he came into the game after David Robertson beaned Wright and his one baserunner allowed was from an intentional walk of Wright.

Ivan Nova - B+
1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 6 K
Notes: Nova made his lone appearance this week after a disastrous start by David Phelps and he actually looked pretty good. His five innings were highlighted by an immaculate inning, but ended with allowing a tack on run to score. He was optioned down to Triple-A, but if he can pitch like this then he could find a place on the team.

Vidal Nuno - B-
3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 2 K
Notes: This is the second time that Vidal Nuno has been victimized by a home run this season. In his fill-in start he went six inning and only allowed a two-run home run, but the real problem was that the Yankees could not overcome such a small deficit. Nuno might not strike many out, but he can keep them off balance enough to be effective.

David Phelps - F
108.00 ERA, 18.00 WHIP, K
Notes: Phelps was a complete disaster this week after only getting one out before being pulled. The Mets scored five runs off of him in the first inning and that was basically the game right there. Phelps has a hold on the fifth starter spot, but he has Ivan Nova, Vidal Nuno and Michael Pineda all breathing down his neck.

David Robertson - B-
3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 3 K
Notes: D-Rob had one really bad appearance where he allowed a run and lost the game, but he was still effective in his other appearances. He has had some off days, but in a one-run games it's especially damning.

Mariano Rivera - C
9.00 ERA, 5.00 WHIP, K
Notes: Mo is perfect no more after blowing a save without recording an out for the first time in his career. He rebounded against the Red Sox to nail down his 19th save of the season, but wins are more important and he cost the team one in the midst of a very bad week.

CC Sabathia - C+
5.02 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15 K
Notes: Sabathia looked completely lost in the game against the Rays when he allowed seven runs, but he rebounded with a 1 run, 10 strikeout night against the Red Sox. There have been a lot of questions surrounding the supposed ace of the staff, but if he can be closer to his 5/31 start he will be exactly what the Yankees need.

Adam Warren - F
16.20 ERA, 2.40 WHIP
Notes: Saving the rest of the bullpen from having to pitch in two blowouts was about the only thing of any value he did this week. Allowing nine runs and three home runs in just five innings is not how you keep a job in the major leagues and neither of those games were completely out of reach (if the Yankees' offense could ever do anything), so his performance was still damning.

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