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Monday
Jun242013

Who won't be an All-Star for the Yankees?

Spoiler alert:

Just about everyone.

The only Yankees heading  to Queens for the July 16 All-Star game are Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera.

It is truly amazing to see the lack of qualified Yankees after so many years in which fans feared that the Yankee starting lineup would represent the American League in the mid-season classic.

Position-by-position

  • AL catchers are hitting .245, with an OBP of .313 and slugging .406. The three Yankee catchers, Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, and Austin Romine, are hitting .227/.293/.330 and none are worthy of consideration
  • First basemen are hitting .263/.338/.451 in the AL and the Yanks are hitting .214/.277/.402. With all due respect, Lyle Overbay is not an All-Star.
  • Second basemen are hitting .272 and while Dustin Pedroia is hitting .311, voters prefer Cano's .283 because Robby has 16 homers to Pedey's four.
  • Third basemen in the AL are also hitting .263. Yankee third sackers Jayson Nix, Kevin Youkilis, Chris Nelson, and David Adams are hitting .246, but they third base slot for New York has produced four homers in 300 PA.
  • "All-Star Shortstop" was Derek Jeter's unofficial prefix. This season Yankee shortstops are hitting .205. I don't want to give any other numbers.
  • Let's go to the outfield and dream about Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams and Bobby Murcer.
  • AL outfielders are hitting .259/.321/.415. Yankee outfielders are hitting .261 (thank you Brett Gardner)/.311/.399. But, let me remind you that these numbers reflect every person who has played the outfield this season, not just the guys who deserve to be All-Stars.
  • The Yankee Designated Hitters this season are hitting .205 (gasp!). Even Robby Cano has only hit .154 as a DH.
  • There is one Yankee starting pitcher who could get consideration to go to Citi Field and that is Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has a 2.98 ERA and is the only Yankee starter with an ERA under 4.09. But Hiroki is only 7-5 and there are too many more successful starters than Hiroki and three of them pitch for Detroit.
  • Mariano would be an All-Star this season, if he just showed up, but Rivera is showing up batters and is tied for the major lead league with Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson, with 26 saves. And as hard as I have tried to get him to start, it appears that Mariano will be on the hill in the 9th, no matter what the score, no matter how few people are watching.

So there you go It's Robinson Cano and Mighty Mo As the rest of the Yanks, are just so-so.

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