It’s that time again! Now that the New York Yankees have eclipsed the 90- game mark, who is the new Yanks Go Yard Player of the month? The competition was stiff this month (last 30 games), but we do have a clear-cut winner.
The finalists this month are as follows:
Robinson Cano. Cano went on a tear in the last thirty games, batting .358 with six home runs and twenty-two runs batted in. Included in the mix are six doubles. With Mark Teixeira going down just as he appeared to be taking off, the offensive explosion by Cano was desperately needed. And the hot spell has continued for Cano recently. In his last ten games Cano’s numbers are .364 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has flown a little under the radar with the great stretch by Cano, but Yankees’ fans are well aware of the contribution he has made. His numbers in the last 30 games are .324-3-12. He matched Cano with 34 hits and is only one double behind him with five. Suzuki has also provided a spark on the base paths, leading the team with eight stolen bases.
Shawn Kelley. Kelley’s stats are comparable to all Yankees pitchers this month. He has 12 strike outs in 10.1 innings. His earned run average is a sparkling 0.87, which is the team-best. Opposing hitters are batting only .167 against him, this is also the best on the staff.
Adam Warren. Although Warren pitched in only four games, he has performed well for the Yankees when called upon. He has allowed only two earned runs in 12.2 innings to post a 1.42 ERA. Opponents batted only .191 against him, which puts him second to Kelley on the team.
The award this month goes to Robinson Cano. His performance has given Yankees’ fans hope and earned him the starting second base spot in the all star game. With the contribution of Derek Jeter still up in the air, he has assumed the offensive leadership role. Look for him to stay hot as the Yankees come back in the American League East.
“See ya” in another 30 games.