And now, the highly anticipated part 2...
Masahiro Tanaka B
Up until his last start you could say Masahiro Tanaka has been their most consistent starter on a staff that has underachieved. While he doesn’t strike out as many batters as he did when he made his debut stateside, he has found other ways to be successful. At 6-2 with a 3.23 era he is the leader of the staff. Now lets hope his elbow stays healthy. Rough start his last time on the hill.
C.C. Sabathia B-
At age 36, C.C. Has surprised everyone. Without the fastball of his youth, Sabathia has been successful in the first half by mixing in a variety of offspeed offerings and improving his command. He too had a rough go of it in his last start before the break, but if he can find the groove he was in for the last 8 weeks, he can help this team.
Nathan Eovaldi D+
After a solid start to the season, he has been absolutely hammered in the month of June. He allowed 25 runs in 26 innings over the course of the season’s third month. Most of the damage came via the longball with ten homers surrendered in those five starts. This guy has the stuff, he just can’t seem to command it. Looked good out of the pen last Sunday.
Michael Pineda C-
No Yankees player has been more frustrating this season than Big Mike. He came into June with an unsightly 6.92 ERA, but a string of strong starts have lowered it to .538. Gives up too many big flies, and gets himself in trouble with 2 outs on a regular basis He entered the break better than he started out. I just don’t have a lot of confidence in him.
Ivan Nova F
Got his spot back when Severino went back to the minors. He held his own during his first three starts, allowing just three earned runs in 16.1 innings, but since then the wheels have come off. In his last eight starts, the 29-year-old has a 6.29 ERA. He needs to be replaced in the rotation.
Luis Severino ?
At just 22, with less than a year of big-league service time, he has been at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres since tallying a ghastly 7.46 ERA in seven starts this season. Even a 3.18 ERA in eight starts for Scranton hasn’t excited the Yankees much. Too bad, he’s one of the few options they have.
Aroldis Chapman A-
Yanks got him on the cheap because of his off field troubles. Sometimes he struggles with his control but, he has saved 17 games in 18 chances and pitched to a 2.49 ERA. His fastball has averaged 100.5 mph and topped out at 104.5 mph. Intimidating! But, he’s a free agent after the season. They should trade him. He could bring back a hefty return at the deadline.
Andrew Miller A
In the first half, Miller has risen to the top and been not only New York’s best reliever, but one of the best in all of baseball. He’s first in strikeout rate (46.6%) and sports a .137 in era. The Yanks will listen to offers at the deadline because they’d be stupid not to. Will they actually trade him? My guess is no, but I’m not very confident in that.
Dellin Betances B+
Betances has spoiled us the last few years. He’s been so good since 2014 that this season feels like a down year, and yet, when you look at his numbers, you see a 2.66 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 44 innings. He’s had some hiccups, giving up home runs early in the season and has gotten burned by ground balls that find a hole on occasion, but if he stays healthy, he’lll be a Yankee for a long while.
Kirby Yates D-
He had a 2.25 ERA in his first 20 appearances and 20 innings, and he really did a nice job stepping into the seventh inning role while Chapman was serving as suspension. As soon as the calendar flipped to June, Yates imploded. He’s been awful. Can’t forget that meltdown when he hit 3 straight batters. That got him a trip to AAA.
Chasen Shreve F
Ended last season on a down note. His first six outings this season were scoreless. Shreve was back! Or so we thought. Many runs and dingers followed. Shreve allowed 11 runs on 14 hits and three walks in 13.2 innings from April 21st through May 25th. Seven of those 14 hits were homers. Seven! In 13.2 innings! He just cam back from minors. Can’t trust him in big spots.
Nick Goody D-
Not so good. 4.91 era in 22 innings. 25 hits in those same 22 innings.
Richard Bleirer ?
Only Pitched 10 innings. Gave up 13 hits with a 4.22 era. What do you think?
Lets not forget...
Alex Rdriguez D
He was not supposed to be a bench player. He opened the season as the team’s regular DH for the second straight season, though the combination of a hamstring injury and unproductive at-bats have limited him to only 47 starts in the team’s 88 first half games. The hamstring injury sidelined him for close to three weeks in May. More recently, the Yankees have benched A-Rod against righties. Lets face it, he often looks over-matched. He just might be done. Can’t see him getting any significant playing time unless he picks up that first basemen’s glove.
Rob Refsnyder C
The Yankees want this guy on the club. They have tried playing him at 3rd, 2nd, Of and 1st, I think he'll be seen often in second half, especially if they trade Beltran. He’s proven he can hit. In 99 at bats he’s hit .276, a lot better than some of the regulars.
Joe Giardi B
I like Joe, some days I don’t, like when he rests a 29 year old guy after 7 straight games or when he pulls a starter who’s given up 2 earned runs in the 5th. Still can’t understand why Aaron Hicks gets a pass. Yes he has tools, but you can’t play a guy 5 out of 7 games batting .197. However, with all that has gone wrong with Joe Girardi’s team, the argument can be made that they should be generally satisfied with where they are presently. Following a dismal 8-16 start to the season, they played at a 91-win pace up until the break. Because of Joe, this club that has no reason to be anywhere near .500 but they are.
They come back from the All-Star break tonight. The schedule they are coming back to is less than ideal. Three games against the Red Sox, four games against the Orioles, and three games against the Giants. These are good teams, all 10 games or more above .500. If the Yankees hope not to be sellers, they need to start the second half all off with a bang, or maybe a miracle.
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