After going fast out of the gate in April, the Yankees had fallen off the pace. July was another disappointing month – only achieving a 14-12 record in the period. However, some of the guys with the bats began to step up and produce so maybe there was the promise of a better August…….
|New York Yankees – Batting – Month – July|
Robinson Cano. Cano had a great month in July leading the regulars in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. His home runs were slightly down on his monthly average for the season but all else was good.
Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro was also on his best form of the season. His .305 BA was second only to Cano amongst those who appeared in more than 5 games.
Vernon Wells. After several months of real struggle, Wells bounced back to something like his early season form. Although he had little power, he showed more patience at the plate and hit for average well.
Lyle Overbay. Overbay has had a consistent season and has delivered more than the Yankees could have expected when they signed him as a stand-in for Teixeira. This month saw him boost his stats a little and he continued to be dependable in the clutch.
Travis Hafner. Hafner’s season continue to melt into nothingness as the year heated up. He had an awful month hitting only 1 in 7 at bats and was second worst in slugging.
Chris Stewart. If Hafner was second worst in slugging then someone had to be worst and that someone was Chris Stewart. His defensive play continues to be good but his hitting is increasingly streaky.
Derek Jeter. The Captain returned from injury only to look laboured with the bat and in the field and then to injure himself again. He described his season as a nightmare and who are we to disagree.
Zoilo Almonte. Almonte is one of many young players for the Yankees this season who have started well and then fallen way off the pace. Only one extra base hit in July about sums up his woes.
Austin Romine. Romine had his best month with the bat in July whilst continuing to be strong behind the plate. 4 singles and 4 doubles in 24 at-bats was a pleasing surprise and perhaps he deserves more time on the field than he is getting.
Alfonso Soriano. Returning to the Yankees was a great surprise in itself for Soriano but after a couple of days adjusting to American League pitchers, he began to pick up the pace. He still struggles with his patience at the plate (and consequently doesn’t achieve many walks) but everything else seems to be falling into place nicely.
Eduardo Nunez. Nunez reacted well to the opportunity afforded by the absence of Jeter and Nix and delivered a solid, if unspectacular, month both with the bat and on the field.
Brett Gardner. Gardner who has been the most consistent player, along with Cano, in the offensive line-up of the Yankees had a disappointing month in July. He still led the team in stolen bases but fell away in almost all other categories whilst his number of strike-outs shot up.