Originally written July 15, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
Team: New York Yankees Record: 51-44 (6 GB) Biggest Surprise of First Half: The biggest surprise for this team is how well they have actually played with injuries to all of their highest paid and accomplished players. The Yankees all season have been without outfielder Curtis Granderson (84 home runs the past two seasons), first baseman Mark Teixeira (Over 400 RBI’s past four seasons), third baseman Alex Rodriguez (two MVP awards with Yankees) and the captain shortstop Derek Jeter (Over 3,000 career hits). Despite all four stars not playing yet, the Yankees have a record of 52-44 and only sit six games back from first place in a tight AL East race. The guy who has played for the Yankees all season and could be considered the ‘backbone’ of this offense is outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner has had an impressive 2013 with a steady .272 batting average, 13 stolen bases and 30 RBI’s as a leadoff hitter. Biggest Disappointment of First Half: It’s tough to pick a disappointment for a tea...
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