Tonight is Game 81. Meaning that after today’s game, 1/2 the season will be over, so it’s time for the “Mid-Term” Grades.
Average OPS+ is 100, ERA+ 100. Team OPS+ 110 (A-), ERA+ 124 (A).
C. Gary Sanchez C-. OPS+ 94. Before he got hurt, was on course for 30 HR, 90 RBI but batting average just .190. He’s better than that. Defense doesn’t seem to have improved from last year. Disappointing. Now there aren’t that many 30 HR/90 RBI catchers out there, but he can be so much better.
C. Austin Romine A. Slumping, 4 for his last 37 but needed to step up his offense and is at .274-4-20, OPS+ 119 so he’s done that. Trying to straighten out Sonny Gray has got to be tough on him, too.
1B. Neil Walker. F. .185. Just 8 of his 30 hits for extra bases. OPS+ 43. Should be gone. Has stayed (and like Chris Carter last year, too long) because he plays 1B and Bird not ready. On borrowed time, esp. if Drury is up to stay and proves he can play 1B. 1B a problem since Bird has been hurt or under producing.
1B. Tyler Austin. C. Only .223 but had 8 HR, 23 RBI. OPS+ 99. But 8 walks, 53 strikeouts. But still the best of what we’ve seen so far.
1B. Greg Bird. D. OPS+ 106, but .204. 5 HR (2 Friday night), just 8 RBI in 93 AB. Hopefully he picks it up.
2B. Gleyber Torres. A. OPS+ 136. Favorite for Rookie of the Year. 14 HR. 39 RBI. .288, some rookie mistakes, great range. Yanks 43-18 since they brought him up. Should get MVP consideration.
SS. Didi Gregorius. B. Great April, lousy May. On course to break his own Yankees record for HR in a season by a SS (25). Just .255 but 15 HR, 43 RBI and an OPS+ of 113.
3B. Miguel Andujar. A. .280-12-38. Extra base machine. Defense better than expected. OPS+ 118. If not for Torres & Ohtani, would be considered ROY himself.
INF. Ronald Torreyes. A. .323 batting average, OPS+ 106. But Yanks had to send him down due to other needs. If he was taller, had more power and could play 1B, probably would have stayed and Walker would be gone.
INF. Tyler Wade. F. 3 for 35 before being sent down. 12 for 93 in his MLB career so far.
OF. Brett Gardner C. 5 HR, hasn’t shown last year’s power. .255 is meh for a leadoff hitter. Still superb D in LF, doesn’t run much anymore. OPS+ 97. Average. Could Yanks be looking to deal him soon to make room for Clint Frazier (if Frazier doesn’t have to go in a deal for a starting pitcher)?
OF. Aaron Hicks. B. Only .249 but good defense, OPS+ 114.
OF. Aaron Judge A. Back to back 50 HR seasons tough, but on pace for 44 HR, 112 RBI. Yes, strikes out a lot, but still hitting over .270, great D, great arm. A 153 OPS+ is MVP material.
OF/DH. Giancarlo Stanton B. Heating up. A bit disappointing, but still on pace for 38 HR and 90 RBI. OPS+ 125.
Clint Frazier and all other hitters, like Drury, X. Incomplete. Not enough at bats to judge.
Severino. A. 12-2, 2.10 as I write this before he faces Boston Sunday night. Should be in consideration to start the All-Star Game as well as in Cy Young Award conversation. The ace. ERA+ 202.
Sabathia A. 5-3, 3.02. ERA+ 140. Stopper. At age 38, giving more than you expected. Reinvented himself after having a few lousy years both on and off (alcoholism) the field.
Tanaka C. 7-2, but a 4.58 ERA. Still prone to the gopher ball. ERA+ 92.
Gray D. 5-6, 5.44. Was very tempted to give him an F. A big problem. Can’t beat Boston, lousy at home. Would anyone take him? Yanks would be selling low.
Montgomery B. Was pitching well (2-0, 3.62, ERA+ 118) before getting hurt and needing TJ surgery. Back in 2020.
Loaisiga. A. 2-0, 1.93, ERA+ 224 in just 3 starts. Only has pitched 45 innings above Low A ball. Hasn’t pitched much recently due to injury so probably on innings limit. Shows great poise, calm, collectiveness, more so than, say Gray. Very impressed with him. Hard to judge after only 3 outings, but I’ll give him an A, esp. given his circumstances and lack of experience.
German. C. 2-4, 5.32, ERA+ 80. Can’t seem to shake that one bad inning. Love his stuff, hate his inconsistency. Needs more seasoning.
Chapman A. A 1.29 ERA, 23 saves, ERA+ 331. Scares you sometimes, not efficient, but has been effective.
Green A. 2.11 ERA. 4-1. Note the bullpen ERAs and grades. ERA+ 201.
Robertson B. 5-2, 3.47. 3.47 isn’t bad, but high when compared to the rest of THIS bullpen. ERA +123.
Betances B+. 1-2, 2.83. Started slow, coming on lately. ERA+ 150.
Shreve D. Weakest link to bullpen, making you wonder if trade for Brad Hand is imminent or if a guy like Caleb Frare could be coming up from the minors. 2-2, 4.97, ERA+ 86. Ugh.
Holder A. Pleasant surprise. 1-1, 2.01. Boone showing greater trust in him. ERA+ 212.
Warren A. Not as many high leverage spots, was hurt, but 0-1, 1.35, ERA+ 318.
Kahnle F. 1-0, ERA 7.00 and down at SWB. ERA+ 63.
Cole A. Surprising grade because he stunk with the Nats. But came up huge in one big game for Yanks and has pitched well for them. Rehab not going well right now (DL b/c of pinched nerve in neck). But 0.69 ERA in 7 games as Yankee, so an A.
Cessa C. I am not a big fan of Cessa, who was hurt for most of this year. My concerns over him were proven in his loss to the Phillies. 0-1, 5.00, ERA+ 88. A “meh” pitcher.
Hale and Gallegos. X. Incomplete. Not really a lot to go by.
Then there’s Ellsbury, who “hasn’t shown up for class yet” !!!!
Boone: A. I haven’t had too many issues with him this year. Maybe sticks with some guys too long, but showing good patience (too much?) with guys like Walker and Gray, but for all the concerns about his lack of coaching/managerial experience, he hasn’t screwed anything up.
Cashman B+. Of course, the real grade for him is coming over the next couple of weeks. Who can he get at the trade deadline? A starting pitcher? A lefty reliever better than Shreve? Catching depth better than Higashioka and Castillo? Yes, we can knock him for the Gray deal, and yes, he didn’t get a starter last offseason, but you have to also give him credit for NOT going after and overpaying some free agent pitchers and paying them the $$$ they are currently NOT earning (Darvish, Cobb, Lynn, Garcia, Cashner…). Arrieta has been OK, but the best of last year’s bunch seems to be Milos Mikolas, who signed with St. Louis.