The Yankees batting and injury problems just got worse as June progressed, seeing them fall from 1st at the end of April, to second at the end of May, to 4th at the end of June. The team batted only .223 across the 27 games in June leaving 11 squad members batting well below .250 for the month. Consequently, our survey below has expanded the middle section!
|New York Yankees – Batting – Month – June|
Brett Gardner. Playing in every game of the month, Gardner continues to be at the heart of the team leading in batting average and doubling the nearest contenders’ numbers in extra base hits. He also led the team in slugging percentage.
Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro had his best month of the season so far and also led the team in stolen bases. If his year continues to warm up in this way, we’ll soon have forgiven that cold start.
Robinson Cano. Cano is often accused of appearing nonchalant in the field but this month, it was his reluctance to swing at anything outside of the strike-zone which brought him double credit. Consequently, he walked 18 times – more than twice as often as anybody else in the Yankees pinstripes.
Chris Stewart. Stewart is not known for his batting average but at times this month he was up there with any of the batters on this rather lacklustre Yankees lineup. By the end of the month with hot and cold periods both taken into account, he had still managed .255 in the batting average column.
David Adams. Adams was touted as the player from Scranton who was going to give the Yankees a so-so third baseman but who the fans would come to love because of everything he brought to the offensive side of the game. And certainly it started like this with several good performances. But by the end of June, he was batting .125 on the month with no extra base hits and it could only be a matter of time before he was issued with a return ticket to Scranton.
Vernon Wells. Vernon Wells had a good April, a poor May and now a poor June. He hit .133 on the month but more tellingly his slugging percentage was a mere .147
Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis bounced back from injury, produced nothing and then injured himself again. 5 hits in 37 at bats with no RBIs and no homers showed just how much he was unable to bring to his swing.
Mark Teixeira. It was a similar story for Teixeira who recovered from injury and struggled to be his normal self. He managed 14 games before heading back to the DL and season-ending surgery.
Travis Hafner. Hafner has no major injuries to blame for his lack of production. He led the team in June with 4 home runs but the only other hits were 8 singles, leaving him with a .174 BA.
Austin Romine. Romine continues to struggle mightily at the plate, failing to match Chris Stewart in any category. If Cervelli returns and is in favour, it will be Romine who will be surplus to requirements.
Jayson Nix. Nix continues to be solid but the signs are that the demands of every day play are beginning to get to him and his offensive production is beginning to suffer substantially.
Lyle Overbay. A similar situation applies for Overbay. When Teixeira has been back in the line-up, he has been slotted in somewhere and anywhere and like most players with that kind of diary, consistency has begun to suffer.
Zoile Almonte. Almonte has made a tremendous start to his time in the major leagues. Another suprising call-up made because of the tremendous number of injuries, it will be interesting to see whether he can maintain this promise or whether it will be a short-lived time in the majors.