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Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Yankees, Unobstructed — May 9

The Yankees have won seven of nine to start May, but not all is swell.

Three games into a stretch of 17 without a day off, the Yankees are already looking worn. Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson recently joined Chan Ho Park on the disabled list, and Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Alfredo Aceves and Mariano Rivera have all been dealing with minor injuries.

The 17 games includes 12 against above .500 teams — the other five games are against the Red Sox (they're still below .500, isn't that fun).

On the bright side of things, the Yankees won two of three against Boston over the weekend.

On the even brighter side (this is pyramidal), the Yankees look like farm-system geniuses right now:

  • Brett Gardner has the fourth highest average in the American League (.348).
  • Francisco Cervelli filled in for Jorge Posada and looked like a young catcher-version of Tony Gwynn.
  • Phil Hughes has been the best pitcher on the team (other than Mariano, of course).
  • Even Joba has settled comfortably into his setup role.
On the darkest side (see, pyramidal), Yankee youngster David Robertson has continued to suffer through the worst stretch of his career. Robertson has given up runs in four of his last five appearances, and his ERA has ballooned to 12.91. It's gotten ugly, and it's all my fault.

NOTE: Make sure to check back every weekend for The Yankees, Unobstructed, BNN's weekly Yankees opinion column.

For more of Graham Kates' sports writing, check out his True/Slant blog "Coaches in the Crosshairs" (http://trueslant.com/grahamkates).


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