It’s that time again! Another 30 New York Yankees games have gone by. Is it me or have the games breezed by a little quicker this time? So who are the nominees? And who is the new Yanks Go Yard Player of the Month?
The nominee on the mound is Hiroki Kuroda. What Kuroda has done this month, and all year for that matter, is nothing short of sensational. He has a 3-1 record with a sparkling ERA of 1.25. He has allowed only five runs in his five starts. Opponents batted only .220 against him. He has emerged as the Yankees stopper.
On the position players’ side, the first nominee is Curtis Granderson. The “Grandy Man” batted .310 with two homers and five RBI in 13 games. His 11 walks show that his batting eye is on the ball.
Alfonso Soriano also grabs a nomination. Soriano has seven homers and 22 RBI in 18 games. His numbers in the last three games have been through the roof. Welcome back Soriano!
The final nomination goes to Austin Romine. Romine has spent most of the season battling the Mendoza line. But given the chance, he has come through. He hit .345 in his ten games.
This month, we have a first in the Player of the Month selection. We have co-winners. The selections go to Kuroda and Soriano. A genuine argument can be made that Kuroda might have a slight edge due to his length of service. But the excitement and boost that Soriano has provided gets him lots of style points.
In any case, it is a team effort. And if the Yankees are to get all the way back they need contributions from everyone. That is why the efforts of Granderson and Romine are equally appreciated.
When the next 30 games have gone by, look for the Yankees to be breathing down the necks of the Red Sox. So, “See ya” in 30 games.