Another week in. Whose stock is up? Whose is down?
Hideki Matsui: I had concerns with Matsui’s knee early on, but he has forced his way into the #5 slot behind A-Rod. The guy is simply a good offensive player and is often overlooked. Glad that Matsui to the Giants for Noah Lowry and/or other equally mediocre pitchers rumor went away.
Alberto Gonzalez: Looked great defensively subbing for Derek Jeter. Also had a couple of big hits. With all the talk of him being simply a defensive player, I expected him to look over-matched at the plate, and that was definitely not the case.
Jose Molina: Molina has been a doubles machine. Too bad he’s out for a couple weeks now.
Mariano Rivera: I never want to jinx this site’s namesake. But he’s been good.
Melky Cabrera: He was on here last week for his defense, but he’s been showing signs offensively as well.
Jason Giambi: He’s been hitting the ball hard and playing very serviceable defense. But man, he just can’t seem to get a hit. He’s also hit the ball a couple times where I thought for sure it was a home run and it was only a lazy fly. Not a good sign.
Johnny Damon: Similar to Giambi, another veteran who I expected to bounce back who hasn’t.
Robinson Cano: He’s pinch-hit home run was a good sign, but he’s looked terrible overall. No patience. The thing about Cano is more patience doesn’t lead to more walks for him really; he’s not that kind of player. But when he waits for his pitch, he’ll generally find more balls that he can drive.
Phil Hughes: He’s received some negative press and I feel somewhat obligated to list him here. But his start against the Red Sox wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked. Dice-K also had control problems, but he got a couple of double plays and favorable bounces. The roles easily could have been reversed.
Jorge Posada: The injury is the concern here obviously. Unlike Jeter’s, which was obviously temporary, Posada’s injury could linger and the Yankees have enough DH-type players. They need Posada behind the plate a couple times a week.
Alex Rodriguez: He didn’t win a championship in the last week. How dare he!?