The Yankees found themselves in a surprisingly tight finish in September and they needed players to step forward and give a good account of themselves. Few did. Who were they?
|New York Yankees – Batting – Month – September + Oct|
Ichiro Suzuki. Suzuki has done far better than the Yankees had a right to expect since joining them during the mid-season. The last section of the season was probably the best. He batted .362, stole 10 bases and spent a good deal of that time as lead-off hitter or number two in the lineup.
Robinson Cano. Amongst those players who played most days Cano came in second in batting and second in slugging in September and the first few days of October that brought in the end of the regular season. He was third in home runs and led in extra base hits leaving fans feeling confident that he would lead the offense in the playoffs.
Derek Jeter. Jeter broke an even .300 during this final month plus. The fact that this was one of his below average hitting months emphasises how good a year the veteran captain has had.
Chris Dickerson. Dickerson has spent most of the season at triple-A Scranton but again in a late season call-up he emphasised that he is capable of being a regular roster member on a major league team. He perhaps doesn’t have what it takes to be a part of a starting 9 but as a platoon player or late game replacement, he is more than competent defensively and brings a good number of hits and some speed on the base paths.
Mark Teixeira. Mark Teixeira spent most of September on the disabled list and when he returned for the last handful of the games of the season, he brought nothing to the plate and left us wondering whether he was another player who circumstances dictated should be called up but wasn’t really ready. Two hits and, significantly neither of them a single in 16 turns at the plate.
Andruw Jones. Andruw Jones shouldn’t expect to be back in pinstripes in 2013 and the Yankees shouldn’t be looking to bring him back. The longer the season wore on, the worse he looked and in this last month plus, he hit 4 times in the 18 games he took a part in the lineup.
Chris Stewart. Stewart blew his chance to be reckoned as a possible number one catcher for next year. First, Russell Martin (see below) underwent something of a renaissance but more significantly as the pressure bit, Stewart forgot how to hit for average.
Jayson Nix. Nix, Chavez and Pearce had to swallow a lot of the time on the corners with Teixeira out injured and Rodriguez only just back and not hitting very well against right handers. Nix let the team down once too often with few hits and an impatience which led to a low number of walks.
Casey McGehee. McGehee would have also been used more at the 3rd base position if it hadn’t been for the fact that after a fairly solid start as a Yankee, he proved that he was always going to be last choice for someone pushed into action in late innings. In 9 such situations, he failed to grab even a single hit to help the cause.
Russell Martin. Russell Martin finally bounced back in September and these early days of October. He had 7 home runs but more importantly finally delivered a reasonably good batting average going .258.
Curtis Granderson. Granderson has had so many pros and cons all season it is difficult to know whether to think he has had a bad season or not. First of all he has led the teams in home runs and continued to do so this month. Secondly he has struck out an enormous number of times which would have done Reggie Jackson proud. The balance is probably tipped by the way his overall batting average has fallen so significantly – this month he only managed .214.
Steve Pearce. Pearce comes and goes. He was brought in when Teixeira was injured after being allowed to leave for Houston earlier in the season. When Teixeira came back, Pearce was shown the door again, having achieved almost nothing in the meantime.