This is my last post during the regular season, so I wanted to sum up my feelings on the year briefly.
2010 has been a great year for the Yankees. They may not end up winning the division and obviously won’t top the 2009 team’s regular season win total, but this has been a fantastic team nonetheless. They’ve battled through things, like every team does, but for most of the year, they had the best record in baseball. Their starting pitching was top heavy, but got the job done. The bullpen was iffy during the first half, then helped carry the team in the second half. The lineup had some frustrating points, but everyone’s contributed at least something.
Yeah, that paragraph was pretty wishy-washy, but it’s hard not to sound like that when wrapping up an entire year. So from here on out, I’ll just list some of my favorite things about the 2010 season.
Favorite game: The Broxton Game. I love this game not only ’cause of the Yankee come back, but because it basically broke the pitcher. Broxton has been a shell of himself since that game. Just like they did to John Smoltz’s American League career in 2009, the Yankees changed something about Jonathan Broxton.
MVP: Robinson Cano. Robbie’s been just all around great for the entire season, and he’s definitely the team’s MVP. He led the team in bWAR by 1.5 and in fWAR by 1.4. Robbie’s had a fantastic season.
Cy Young: It’s CC. Period. No ifs, and’s, or buts.
Gold Glove: Brett Gardner, with Curtis Granderson in second. I’ve loved watching these two guys play the outfield next to each other. They both cover a great amount of ground and make it look pretty easy.
While they didn’t quite reach it in terms of bWAR, the primary Yankee outfielders–Gardner/Granderson/Nick Swisher–all played to at least a 4.0 WAR this season. Gardner led the bunch at 4.9, Granderson followed at 4.1, and Swisher sent the team over the top with 4.0.
If Robinson Cano gets some playing time this weekend and manages to hit two homers–a tall order, I know–that will make three Yankee IFs with 30 homers and 100 RBI. That’s pretty awesome.
There were some things that bummed me out–Nick Johnson missing most of the year, Javier Vazquez and A.J. Burnett forgetting they were Javy and A.J., Joba being a bit inconsistent–but those things are balanced out by the good: Phil Hughes proving himself as a starter, David Robertson solidifying himself as a valuable reliever, Marcus Thames doing more than we could’ve expected, and Kerry Wood being Kerry Wood.
Bronx baseball may’ve been frustrating at times this year–especially the last month–but it’s ended in a winning, playoff season once again. The Yankees had issues over the course of the year, but they weren’t issues that were singular to them. On the off chance they read this, I want to thank them for another enjoyable season and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the 2010 playoffs. We know and they know that they can bring home World Series 28.
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