State of the Yankees

Friday, May 28, 2010

It's been a busy week in Yankee land, here's a rundown of what's going on.

  • First of all, Phil Hughes picked up his 6th win of the season by holding the Indians to 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8 in 7 innings. Robinson Cano hit cleanup for the first time in his career and made the most of it by going 3-4 with a grand slam in an 8-2 win.
  • Tonight also marked the return of Curtis Granderson to the lineup. He slid right into the 2-hole and went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Hopefully he can help solidify the lineup a little and get it going.
  • In the corresponding move to bring Granderson back, Randy Winn was Designated for Assignment. (I'm sure John is extremely happy about this. I don't think he's hated a Yankee this much since... yeah I can't even come up with something to compare it to.) This means Kevin Russo is going to get the opportunity to play off the bench as an outfielder.
  • Mark Teixeira is slowly starting to turn it around. He is 7 for his last 19, but hasn't had an RBI since May 17 and his last homer was May 15. Alex Rodriguez has been suffering from a power outage lately as well with no homers or RBI since May 19. Considering the 3-4 hitters only have a combined 13 homers and 62 RBI's through almost 50 games and the Yankees are still 9 games over .500 and only 3.5 games out of first place the division, I'd say the Yanks are sitting in a pretty good position right now.
  • After a tough stretch of games against Boston (x2) Detroit, Minnesota (x2), and Tampa Bay, the Yanks get a little bit of break with 15 upcoming games against the Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Astros.
  • A quick injury update, as Jorge Posada is out of his boot and is starting to resume baseball activities. At some point, he'll go down to the Minors for a rehab assignment. I'm sure I'm not the only one hoping that he goes to Trenton so I could possibly make my way over there.
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