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Ranking the top 10 players between the New York Yankees and New York Mets for the past week.
The MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York continue to be led by the New York Yankees, but the New York Mets are holding their own in the top half thanks to three solid starting pitchers. As the final weeks of the season wrap up, the Yankees are not only in the middle of a playoff fight, but also in the process of locking down the top spots in our year end rankings.
Did we miss anyone from the Bombers or Amazins?
1. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees - The Yankees thought the pennant race and the bright lights of New York City would energize the 38-year-old when they acquired him from the Seattle Mariners. Well, they have been right. Over the past week Ichiro hit .700 with 14 hits in 20 at-bats, two home runs, five RBI and three stolen bases. Ichiro has hit .424 in September and .331 overall in 57 games since the Yankees traded for him. -- Ed Valentine.
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets - The magical season of Dickey continued this week as the knuckleballer tossed 15 innings, surrendering just four earned runs and striking out 12. Unfortunately due to pitching for a team with a minor league lineup, Dickey was only able to pick up one victory, giving him 19 for the season. With a strong finish -- and rare help from his teammates -- he could take home the CY Young Award.
4. Matt Harvey, Mets - Next to Dickey, the brightest spot for the Mets this season has been Harvey, who finished his rookie campaign with a brilliant outing Wednesday against the Phillies. The righty gave up just one hit (the first batter he faced) and struck out seven over seven innings of work. Unfortunately the bullpen blew his chance to finish with a victory.
5. Raul Ibanez, Yankees - In a thrilling 14-inning victory on Saturday, Ibanez hit a game-tying two-run home run in the 13th inning as the Yankees rallied from four runs down. Ibanez had only seven at-bats last week, but made the most of them. He had three hits (.429 average), two homers and three RBI.
6. Jonathon Niese, Mets - For all the problems the Mets have this season and are taking with them moving forward, they have a solid rotation to build around. Niese helped the Mets sweep the Marlins this weekend, pitching into the seventh inning for his 12th win.
7. Nick Swisher, Yankees - Swisher went 7-for-21 (.333) with a home run and five RBI over the past week. He hit a grand slam Thursday, the key blow in a 10-7 victory over Toronto. -- EV
8. C.C. Sabathia, Yankees - This is the time of year when the Yankees need their ace, who has been on the disable list twice this season, to pitch like an ace. In his last outing, he did. Sabathia pitched eight shutout innings Saturday, allowing only three hits and striking out 11. He did not get a win, though, as Rafael Soriano could not hold the 1-0 lead. The Yankees won in 14 innings. -- EV
9. Bobby Parnell, Mets - The hard-throwing right might not have a specific role he fits in, but he had a decent week. Parnell tossed 4.2 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and striking out three.
10. Scott Hairston, Mets - In a season full of regrets for the Mets, not trading Scott Hairston at the deadline could end up near the top of the list. He hit two long balls this week (18 and 19) and no doubt could have helped a contending team down the stretch instead of the bottom-feeding Mets. Now they will have to watch him leave in free agency without getting anything in return.
The New York Yankees are scuffling along, trying to hang on and make the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs. They are still, however, near the top in most MLB power rankings.
At YES Network, the Yankees are No. 6. You can voice your opinion at YES, incidentally, by creating your own power rankings.
The Yankees may be turning the corner at exactly the right time. They just took back-to-back series against the Red Sox and Rays, and they'll get Andy Pettitte back Tuesday. With a weak schedule coming up, a trip to October seems likely.
Reality is that nobody cares about the power rankings. They care if the Yankees make the playoffs or not. As play open Tuesday with Andy Pettitte set to return for New York the Yankees lead the Baltimore Orioles by a half-game in the American League East.
It is time once again for our weekly MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York, where we rank the top performers of the past week between the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Admittedly, these rankings will be skewed by the fact that the Yankees are in a pennant race and the Mets are playing out the string of another miserable season.
So, here we go.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- The Yankee Captain is playing on one leg, forcing him to be the team's designated hitter. Yet, he is still hitting and still delivering in the clutch for a team that needs everything Jeter has to give. He hit .296 over the past week with five RBI. Oh, and he moved into 10th place on the all-time hits list, passing some guy named Willie Mays.
2. Rafael Soriano, Yankees -- Mariano who? Soriano just keeps locking down games in the ninth inning for the Yankees. He saved four games in four opportunities last week, allowing one run in 4.1 innings. He now has 40 saves this season, and the Yankees will need more before the season is over.
3. Joba Chamberlain, Yankees -- Chamberlain has gone from an afterthought, a guy struggling mightily after returning from injuries who was nearly sent to the minor leagues, to a critical part of the Yankees' bullpen. He pitched four times over the past week, allowing just an unearned run in three innings of work during late-inning, pressure situations.
4. Phil Hughes, Yankees -- One thing the Yankees have been dying for as they try desperately to fight off the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays is a shut down game from a starting pitcher. Hughes gave them one they had to have last week, going 7.1 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The season hasn't always been pretty for Hughes, but he does have 15 victories (15-12 overall).
5. Ivan Nova, Yankees -- Returned from the disabled list to give the Yankees' starting rotation another boost. He pitched six effective innings Saturday (four hits, two earned runs) in a critical 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Welcome back, Ivan!
6. Jonathon Niese, Mets - The lefty provided what has become the weekly Mets victory. In giving up just two runs over six innings of work, Niese has gone a month without getting roughed up. If he pitched for a team with more than two major league hitters, he would have more than just 11 victories. -- Ryan Jones
7. R.A. Dickey, Mets - He wasn't able to pick up the victory Tuesday, but it should come as no surprise that he pitched well enough to win. Dickey tossed seven innings of three run ball and you could see the pain on his face knowing his offense wouldn't be able to score more than that to get him win No. 19. -- Ryan Jones
8. Josh Edgin, Mets - There aren't many Mets the front office should be excited about bringing back next season, but Edgin is one of them. The reliever continued his scoreless innings streak this week with 1.1 more spotless frames. Edgin hasn't surrendered an earned run since August 14. -- Ryan Jones
9. Eduardo Nunez, Yankees -- The Yankees banished the defensively-challenged Nunez to the minors earlier this season. With rosters expanded in September he is back. And with Jeter unable to move well enough to play defense with his injured ankle Nunez has been in the Yankees' lineup at shortstop the past four games. He went 4-for-13 (.308) with a home run and three stolen bases, flashing the offense and athleticism that the Yankees have always loved about him.
10. Lucas Duda, Mets - The Mets haven't been able to muster much offense this week (or really the entire second half), so Duda's three straight games of two hits, can be considered an explosion. His long ball Friday night against the Brewers helped lock down the only win of the week. -- Ryan Jones
In or latest MLB Power Rankings, the New York Mets and New York Yankees both seem to want the other to take the majority of the top spots. While the Yankees struggled with a 3-4 week as they barely held onto their first place lead in the AL East, the Mets once again proved to be one of the worst teams in baseball with a 1-5 week.
After seeing R.A. Dickey take the top spot last week, the Yankees made sure that didn't happen this time around.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees - The Yankees might be struggling to fend off the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East, but that isn't Jeter's fault. He hit .400 (12-for-30) over the past week and si hitting .324 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI for the season. -- Ed Valentine
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets - While most of the Mets have already checked out early, Dickey continues to grind his way towards a CY Young Award. On Wednesday he only gave up two runs while pitching into the seventh inning of the Mets only win of the week, 6-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
3. Russell Martin, Yankees - The catcher has had a miserable season at the plate, but with the Yankees lineup weakened by injuries he has found himself hitting in the middle of the lineup, anyway. Over the past week Martin responded, hitting .368 (7-for-19) with a pair of home runs and seven RBI. -- EV
4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees - He isn't what he used to be, and maybe what he still could be if he had not missed significant time with a broken hand. A-Rod is back, though, and hitting well at a time when the Yankees need all the offense they can muster. He hit .304 (7-for-23) with two homers and six RBI last week. -- EV
5. Jonathon Niese, Mets - Along with Dickey, Niese continues to give the Mets a chance to win every time out. Friday the lefty surrendered just one run over six innings, but was betrayed by his anemic offense. There are few positives to take from another lost season, but Niese's progress is one of them.
7. Josh Edgin, Mets - It looks like the Mets will have their top lefty ready to go for 2013. Aside from a small hiccup in the middle of August, Edgin has been nearly perfect during his rookie campaign, including a hitless 2.2 innings last week.
8. Cody Eppley, Yankees - The fact that Eppley (four appearanches, five innings, one run, 1.40 ERA) for the past week is the only Yankees pitcher on this list is pretty telling when it comes to the state of the Yankees pitching staff. It's hurting right now, and the Yankees will take quality work just about anywhere they can find it. Eppley has been giving it to them. -- EV
9. Daniel Murphy, Mets - Sure, he doesn't have power, plate discipline or a position, but Murphy was one of the few Mets that managed to hit the ball last week. Murphy went 10-25, including just his fifth home run of the season and first in nearly a month.
10. Ike Davis, Mets - Davis' three-run homer in support of Dickey Wednesday was one of the main reasons the knuckleballer was able to pick up his 18th win.
It is time for this week's edition of the MLB Power Rankings, where we rank the top 10 players from the past week between theand . of the Mets keeps top honors for the second week in a row.
Here is your top 10.
1. R.A. Dickey, Mets -- The knuckleballer continued to pad his National League Cy Young resume, tossing a complete game, five-hitter with seven strikeouts for his 17th win of the year against the Marlins. Dickey now is tied for the league lead in wins, second in the NL in ERA (2.63), first in WHIP (1.01), third in strikeouts (190) and second in innings pitched (191 1/3). For those sabermetric types, Dickey is fourth in the NL in wins above replacement at 4.3. -- Jimmy Hascup
2. Kelly Shoppach, Mets -- It sure is nice to have a catcher who's competent at the plate. Shoppach went 5-for-12 over the week with a big insurance home run to seal the Mets' 10-inning win against the Phillies. Then, he cleared the bases (one scored via an error) with a single Saturday in the ninth inning of a game he didn't even start in to ultimately give the Mets the 5-3 win. -- Jimmy Hascup
3. Matt Harvey, Mets -- Has this kid been exciting enough, or what? Harvey has not only showed he belongs, he's proving that he has the makings to be an ace in the majors. In his latest outing, he threw 6 1/3 innings, gave up two earned runs and fanned six. He now has a 2.76 ERA and 49 Ks in 43 1/3 innings. The Mets' rotation certainly is a shining light heading into next season. -- Jimmy Hascup
4. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The fact Sabathia lost his only outing last week and is the first Yankee on the list tells you a lot about how things are going for the Yankees. Sabathia gave up five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, but only two of those were earned. He has pitched well in both of his outings since coming off the disabled list.
5. Lucas Duda, Mets -- It's not as if Duda has been flat-out raking since his recall. Of his five hits this week, though, three have been pretty "clutch." Duda's single in the 10th on Tuesday gave the Mets a two-run cushion before Shoppach launched a home run to seal the deal. His third-inning homer Wednesday was the winner. His ninth-inning RBI single brought the Mets to within one against the Marlins on Saturday before Shoppach won it. -- Jimmy Hascup
6. Eric Chavez, Yankees -- Chavez continued his resurgent season last week as he went 5-for-14 (.357) as the fill-in third baseman while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from a broken hand. Chavez has done his job this season and A-Rod is expected back this week.
7. Frank Francisco, Mets -- For the most part, the team's pitching has been on a roll and Francisco has given the bullpen some much-need stability. Over the week, he threw three drama-free innings, striking out two and not allowing a hit or a walk. Small steps, but the Mets are paying this guy good money to be their stopper and it's vital they get him on the right track as the season comes to a close. -- Jimmy Hascup
8. David Robertson, Yankees -- Robertson pitched three times over the past week, and came away with three dominant innings. The righty set-up man has not been scored upon since July 29, a stretch covering 14 appearances, a stretch covering 13.2 innings.
9. Jason Bay, Mets -- Yeah, Mike Baxter did have two home runs this week, but let's give some props to a guy who has taken a beating in his tenure with the Mets. Essentially now a bench player, Bay received the start against the lefty Mark Buehrle on Sunday and swatted a grand slam, which ultimately ended up being the winning runs in a 5-1 win. -- Jimmy Hascup
10. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- This is how poorly things have gone for the Yankees lately. Cano makes the list despite hitting only .200 (5-for-25) over the past week. He did, however, bash three home runs. Unfortunately, again in a sign of how things are going for the Yankees, all were solo home runs. And they were Cano's only RBI of the week.
In rankings from YES Network, which uses a combination of experts’ rankings and fan balloting, the Yankees are No. 3. The Texas Rangers have the top spot in both polls. If you wish to participate in the YES rankings you can do so on the YES power rankings page
The Yankees currently lead the Baltimore Orioles by 3.5 games and the Tampa Bay Rays by 4 games in the American League East. The Yankees are clinging to the lead despite a rash of injuries -- with first baseman Mark Teixeira having joined the list of injured players on Monday night. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte remain sidelined and Mariano Rivera is lost for the season.
-- See Pinstripe Alley for more about the Yankees
It is time for this week's edition of the MLB Power Rankings, where we rank the top 10 players from the past week between the New York Yankees and New York Mets. R.A. Dickey of the Mets takes top honors this week after a pair of outstanding performances.
Here is your top 10.
1. R.A. Dickey, Mets - The knuckleballer put himself right back into the CY Young Award discussion with a fantastic week. He tossed 14 innings and only surrendered two runs, while striking out eight and picking up win No. 16. He should have come away with two wins, but the Mets anemic offense couldn't solve the lowly Colorado Rockies pitching.-- Ryan Jones
2. Nick Swisher, Yankees -- The fun-loving Swisher had a great week, hitting .429 (9-for-21) with a home run and four RBI. Swisher is one of those guys you love to have on your team, but really can't stand if he is an opposing player.
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- By now, it is hard to be surprised at what the Yankee captain is accomplishing this season. He hit .357 (10-for-28), with three home runs, four RBI and seven runs scored. He also shrugged off suggestions from Skip Bayless that we should wonder if the 38-year-old's resurgent season (.323, 13 homers) is being helped by performance-enhancing drugs.
4. Ike Davis, Mets - It's bad enough to be one of the worst teams in baseball, but to lose a second series to the undisputed worst squad would have been a gut punch this Mets team likely couldn't handle. So with his team on the brink against the Houston Astros on Sunday, Davis launched his second career walkoff homer (and second long ball of the day) to finally give the Mets something to celebrate. His twirling jump as he landed on home plate nearly propelled him to the top spot. -- Ryan Jones
5. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The big left-hander came off the disabled list on Friday and delivered a huge performance when the Yankees desperately needed one. With their lead in the American League East down to 2.5 games after having been as big as 10 Sabathia pitched 7.1 innings of four-hit, one-run ball in a much-needed victory over the Cleveland Indians. He came up big when the Yankees needed him most.
6. Jeremy Hefner, Mets - The only reason Davis' moon shots against the Astros were enough for the Mets on Sunday was because of a brilliant outing from rookie Jeremy Hefner. The righty pitched into the ninth inning and only surrendered one run on five hits while striking out seven. Not too shabby for a kid making just his third start of the month and first after a week of rest. -- Ryan Jones
7. David Robertson, Yankees -- The Yankee setup man is back to the dominant form he showed last season when he made the All-Star team. Robertson pitched three times over the past week, surrendering just two hits and no earned runs in three innings. He has not been scored upon in seven straight outings, and only once in his last 11 appearances.
8. Kelly Shoppach, Mets - The other star of the Mets win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon was their new catcher, Shoppach. After Hefner was lifted in the ninth, the Astros were kept from picking up a second run thanks to Shoppach blocking the plate on a play at home. After seeing seeing Josh Thole so afraid of contact all year, it was refreshing to see the Citi Field plate is capable of being blocked by a Mets catcher. -- Ryan Jones
9. Collin McHugh, Mets - It's harder to have a much better major league debut than McHugh. The 25-year-old was fantastic Thursday night in shutting down the Rockies. McHugh gave up just two hits over seven scoreless innings to go along with nine strikeouts. His reward for that performance? A ticket back to Triple-A Buffalo! Mets fans should expect to see McHugh back with the big club once the roster expands in September. -- Ryan Jones
10. Phil Hughes, Yankees -- Lost his only start of the week to the Chicago White Sox despite pitching one of his best games of the season. Over seven innings, Hughes allowed just five hits and two runs in a 2-1 loss. The righty is an enigman, sometimes outstanding and sometimes awful during a season in which he has gone 12-11 with a 4.15 ERA.
Once again the MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York show just how different the paths are for the New York Yankees and New York Mets down the stretch of the 2012 season. The Yankees were an impressive 5-2 this week, while the Mets continued to flounder with an ugly 2-4 road trip.
The Yankees are in the middle of a pennant race while the Mets are playing out the string and that clearly shows in this week's rankings.
1. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - The 37-year-old Japanese right-hander has had a good season for the Yankees, but with CC Sabathia on the disabled list he has really stepped up his game. Kuroda went 2-0 over the past week, surrendering only one run in 17 innings of work. He had a complete-tame shutout of the Texas Rangers and worked eight one-run innings Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. He surrendered only six hits. Kuroda is now 12-8 with a 2.96 ERA on the season. -- Ed Valentine
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees - The 38-year-old isn't the superstar he once was, but Yankee pinstripes seem to have revived him. Sunday he hit a pair of home runs in a 4-1 victory over Boston, only the seventh multi-homer game of his career. For the week, Ichiro hit .526 (10-for-19). In 26 games with the Yankees he is hitting .322. With the Mariners Ichiro was hitting only .261. -- EV
3. Matt Harvey, Mets - Sure, it's another lost season for the Mets, but at least their fans get a chance to see the young Harvey take the mound every week. Against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, Harvey was once again brilliant, pitching into the eighth inning while giving up just one run on just 89 pitches.
4. Derek Jeter, Yankees - The 38-year-old Yankee Captain continues to hit and to compile milestones. He hit .370 over the past week (10-for-27) with a home run, three doubles and three RBI. Jeter's home run was the 250th of his career, tying him for ninth on the Yankees' all-time list with Graig Nettles. He is one of only four players to have 3,000 hits, 300 stolen bases and 250 homers. Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays and Craig Biggio are the others. -- EV
5. Jon Niese, Mets - Like Harvey, Niese tossed a gem this week, blanking the Washington Nationals over 7.1 innings and giving up just five hits while striking out seven. In August, the lefty has now given up only six runs in 28.1 innings.
6. Nick Swisher, Yankees - With Alex Rodriguez on the DL and Mark Teixeira missing a few games with a wrist injury, Swisher picked up some of the slack. He matched Jeter's .370 average over the past week, but added four homers and 11 RBI. He also filled in capably at first base for Teixeira. -- EV
7. Ike Davis, Mets - Another lackluster week of offense for the Mets (2.8 runs per game) but Davis did manage to get the team going in both of their wins with long balls. Considering he was invisible to start the season, sitting at 22 HR and 67 RBI is respectable.
8. Jon Rauch, Mets - Even after saving Frank Francisco's bacon again -- this time from blowing Matt Harvey's second major league win -- Terry Collins still refuses to move Rauch into the closer role. The tall righty had another solid week and deserves to push Francisco out of the top spot in the bullpen.
9. Rafael Soriano, Yankees - Three appearances, three innings pitched, three saves for the Yankees' replacement closer. Soriano gave up just one hit in his three innings of work. He has been brilliant stepping in for Mariano Rivera, converting 31 of his 33 save opportunities and pitching to a Rivera-esque 1.64 ERA. -- EV
10. Jason Bay, Mets - Don't check your computer screen, Bay actually found his way into the rankings. Sure, he sat the first two games of the week and only picked up hits in one of the four games he appeared in. But Bay went yard for just the sixth time this year along with Davis to help Harvey win Thursday. He also picked up one of the two Mets RBI on Sunday.
The New York Yankees are No. 2 overall in the current MLB Power Rankings posted on YESNetwork.com, which, of course, belongs to the Yankees. The Yankees have 114 points in the YES rankings system. The No. 1-ranked Washington Nationals have 118.
YES uses a ranking system that combines 75 percent experts' rankings and 25 percent voters' rankings. You can vote at the power rankings page. Currently, the YES experts have the Yankees No. 3, and the fan voting has them No. 1.
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The New York Mets did not make the YES Top 15.
The Yankees are, of course, currently playing Texas in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. Follow the constantly updated Yankees-Rangers StoryStream for more information as that series progresses.
-- See SB Nation's Pinstripe Alley for complete discussion and analysis of the Yankees
The MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York are once again dominated by the New York Yankees with the New York Mets only able to barely hold onto the bottom after another tough week in Queens. The first place Bronx Bombers were propelled to the top of this week's rankings thanks to a four-game winning streak.
Leading the way for the Yankees this week was their mashing third baseman (and no, it's not Alex Rodriguez).
1. Eric Chavez, Yankees - The veteran third baseman, filling in for the injured Alex Rodriguez, continued to enjoy a resurgent season last week. Chavez hit .571 (9-of16) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. His 12 home runs this season is his highest total since hitting 15 in 2007. -- Ed Valentine
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees - You keep waiting for the 38-year-old to slow down, and it isn't happening. Jeter hit .371 last week (13-for-35) with a home run and four RBI. His average for the season is up to .318. -- EV
3. R.A. Dickey, Mets - Highlighting their terrible second half, the Mets went until August 9 without winning a game at Citi Field. Dickey was the one who finally picked up that win, tossing a five-hit complete game against the equally disappointing Miami Marlins. The knuckleballer represents one of the only things Mets fans have to look forward as he tries to capture Cy Young Award.
4. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees - Ichiro drove in a team-best nine runs last week, including five in one game. He hit .273 (6-for-22). Ichiro has fit seamlessly into the Yankee lineup since being acquired from the Seattle Mariners. He is no longer a superstar, but he is a useful player. -- EV
5. Jonathon Niese, Mets - Like Dickey, the lefty turned in one of the few great performances for the Mets last week. However, unlike Dickey, Niese let manager Terry Collins pull him from the game after eight innings with a five run lead, which the bullpen nearly blew in the Mets 6-5 win Sunday night.
6. Rafael Soriano, Yankees - Three games, two saves, 3.1 scoreless innings for the Yankees closer. Want to understand his value to the Yankees after the season-ending injury to Mariano Rivera. All you had to do was see the adventurous ninth inning of the Mets game Sunday night, when Frank Francisco turned a 6-1 lead into a 6-5 nail-biter and had to be pulled. -- EV
7. Mark Teixeira, Yankees - Had two home runs and four RBI last week, along with a .286 batting average (8-for-28). Teixeira has 22 home runs and 76 RBI, closing in on a ninth straight 30 home run, 100 RBI season. -- EV
8. Jon Rauch, Mets - It looks like it's time for Collins to make Rauch his closer. After some rough patches, the righty has been amazing of late, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings last week while giving up just one hit. He came into Sunday night's game after the bullpen had already given up four runs and put the typing run on third and promptly got a strikeout to earn the save.
9. David Wright, Mets - He still hasn't hit a long ball in August (last HR was on July 27), but Wright did hit safely in five of the Mets six games (8-for-24).
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees returns to the top spot in this week's SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings. Each week we rank the top 10 players from the past week for the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Let's check out this week's top 10.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- You keep thinking the 38-year-old Jeter can't keep turning back the clock, then he goes and has a week like the one he just had. Jeter hit .440 over the (11-for-25) with four RBI. He had four multi-hit games, including back-to-back three-hit games against the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter is now hitting .314, a point above his career batting average.
2. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The big left-hander showed he is all the way back after missing time earlier this season with a groin injury by pitching a complete-game three-hitter in a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
3. Jonathan Niese, Mets - The success of rookie Matt Harvey will be the main focus of the Mets fans and front office alike, but Niese finishing strong could be just as important to the franchise for next season. Niese has had an uneven year and looked great Wednesday tossing seven innings of one run ball in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. It was a great bounce back for Niese after one of his worst starts of the season the week before against the Arizona Cardinals, giving up eight runs in six innings. -- Ryan Jones
4. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- Big week for Cano as he hit .348 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBI. The highlight of his week was a grand-slam on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.
5. Eric Chavez, Yankees -- When Alex Rodriguez went down with a broken hand that meant the often-injured Chavez would have to carry a bigger load for New York, leading to concerns that the fragile 34-year-old would break down. Instead, last week Chavez has been mashing. He hit .357 last week (5-for-14) with two home runs and four RBI. Chavez has 10 home runs on the season, the first time since 2007 he has reached double digits. He also remains an outstanding defensive third baseman.
6. Josh Edgin, Mets - Edgin won't get the sort of headlines he deserves, but the lefty continued to be one of the few true highlights of the 2012 Mets season. Edgin tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and no walks. He is in the midst of a scoreless streak of more than nine innings dating back to July 17. -- Ryan Jones
7. Scott Hairston, Mets - Some didn't expect Hairston to still be in New York at this point of the season, but here he is continuing to come up with big hits for the Mets. Hairston blasted two home runs Monday night in an 8-7 10 inning victory over the San Francisco Giants, including a long ball in the final inning right after the Mets bullpen blew another save. -- Ryan Jones
8. Frank Francisco, Mets - He only tossed two thirds of an inning this week after being activated from the disabled list, but they were important outs. They came in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres as Bobby Parnell tried to provide another ninth inning meltdown. Francisco came in after Parnell had already giving up a long home run to Chase Headley and put two more runners on base. The closer quickly showed how much he was missed by getting the final two outs with just two pitches. The return of Francisco will hopefully help salvage Parnell now that he can shift back to a setup role. -- Ryan Jones
9. Ruben Tejada, Mets - The shortstop just keeps hitting, now riding an 11-game hitting streak. He went 12-for-32 including just the second home run of his career and first in nearly two years. He would rank higher this week, but there were a few hiccups in the field Tejada needs to correct. -- Ryan Jones
10. Joba Chamberlain, Yankees -- Joba makes the list just for making it back into a Yankees uniform this season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last season and then fracturing his ankle in a gruesome trampoline accident this spring there were lots of doubts he would be able to do that. Chamberlain worked his way back, though, and could be a big help to the bullpen down the stretch.
The MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York have once again been shaken up. The New York Mets had another tough week, going 2-5, while the New York Yankees finished 3-3 after starting strong by taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners.
Leading the way this week atop our rankings is a player just days removed from making his major league debut.
1. Matt Harvey, Mets - In the middle of a terrible tailspin that had even the most positive Mets fan turning sour, Harvey stepped into a frayed rotation and delivered a huge lift. In his major league debut, the 23-year-old pitched into the sixth inning, giving up just three hits while striking out 11 and holding the Arizona Diamondbacks scoreless. Even if Terry Collins and company can't turn things around as a team, Harvey will provide a shining light for fans in the second half.
2. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - Kuroda has settled in nicely as a member of the New York Yankees starting rotation. In 15 innings over two starts Kuroda went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA, giving up just three runs and 10 hits. He pitched well enough to beat the Boston Red Sox Sunday night, but the Yankee offense faltered. -- Ed Valentine
3. Brian Cashman, Yankees - The Yankees GM makes the list for pulling off the stunning Ichiro trade -- and for making sure no one knew the Yankees and Mariners were even discussing a deal until it was done. -- EV
4. Russell Martin, Yankees - This has been a rough season for Martin, who his hitting only .189, but he had a good week. He went 5-for-16 (.313) with two home runs and five RBI. -- EV
5. R.A. Dickey, Mets - Besides Harvey, the only Mets starter capable of locking down a win this week was the knuckleballer. Dickey looked a lot like the first half version of himself on Sunday afternoon when he limited the Diamondbacks to just four hits while striking out eight and surrendering just one run. It was a great bounce-back performance for Dickey after a less-than-stellar outing Tuesday in a loss to the Washington Nationals.
6. Josh Edgin, Mets - Edgin continues to impress in the Mets bullpen that likes to keep things interesting. The lefty tossed four innings, being tagged for no runs and just two hits while striking out seven. For the season, Edgin has only given up three hits to lefties compared to 11 strikeouts.
7. David Phelps, Yankees - The rookie right-hander continues to impress. He worked twice in relief over the past week, and was dominant. In 3.1 shutout innings he surrendered just one hit and struck out five. Phelps looks like a guy who could be headed to the Yankees starting rotation as soon as next season. -- EV
8. Bobby Parnell, Mets - When a team rarely has a lead at the end of the game, it's hard to get their closer work, so it was a slow week for Parnell. He appeared in three games without being scored on and only giving up one hit. Parnell got himself into trouble trying to close out Harvey's debut with two walks, but survived by striking out the side.
9. Mark Teixeira, Yankees - The Yankees first baseman hit .273 with a homer and six RBI. But what a home run it was! A moon shot deep into the right field bleachers in the eighth inning Saturday off Vicente Padilla of Boston, a pitcher with whom Teixeira has a long and ugly history. Teixeira uncharacteristically stood at home plate and admired his work. -- EV
10. Daniel Murphy, Mets - Murphy continues to show he may be the Mets most tradeable asset leading up to the trading deadline. Despite only driving in one run this week, Murphy hit safely in every game but one, including a 2-for-5 day at the plate in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.
The New York Yankees and New York Mets are both reeling a bit following difficult weeks. The Yankees were swept in a four-game series by the Oakland Athletics. The Mets have lost nine of their last 10 games and, at 47-48, are below .500 for the first time this season.
Still, the show must go on. And so must the weekly MLB Power Rankings from SB Nation New York. If you aren't familiar, each week we name the top 10 performers between the Yankees and Mets for the previous seven-day period. So, struggling teams or not, let's get to work.
1. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- The Yankees might be reeling a little, but don't blame it on Cano. The second baseman did have his hitting streak snapped Sunday at 23 games, but he hit .360 (9-for-25) for the week with a home run and two RBI.
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- At 38, many are waiting for Jeter to run out of gas in the second half of the season. Instead, he has been on fire since the All-Star break. Over the past week he hit .333 (9-for-27) with a pair of RBI.
3. R.A. Dickey, Mets - The Mets ace bounced back from a rough outing against the Atlanta Braves by giving up just three earned runs while working into the eighth inning in New York's only win of the week, against the Washington Nationals. The length was much needed for a team that has no semblance of a reliable bullpen. It's that unstable pen that also forced Dickey into relief action on Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he made one mistake in that outing that cost the team two runs. -- Ryan Jones
4. David Wright , Mets - The other main reason for the Mets only win of the week was an offensive outburst by Wright. The third baseman slammed two home runs Thursday against the Nationals and drove in five of New York's nine runs. For the week, Wright was 10-for-25 with two long balls and seven RBI. -- Ryan Jones
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- Hit .333 with a pair of homers and five RBI for the week. Teixeira is continuing his march toward 100 or more RBIs for the ninth straight season.
6. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees -- Pitched seven shutout innings in a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last week.
7, Boone Logan, Yankees -- The lefty reliever pitched in four games covering two full innings. He did not give up a hit in any of his outings.
8. Josh Edgin, Mets - After being thrown right into the fire for a damaged bullpen, the lefty has been one of the more reliable arms for manager Terry Collins. Edgin tossed three innings this week, giving up just one run. He looked particularly nasty Sunday afternoon in two scoreless innings in which he struck out three Dodgers and allowed just two base runners. -- Ryan Jones
9. Jordany Valdespin, Mets - The heartbreaking 10-inning loss to the Nationals on Tuesday was nearly one of the best victories of the season. That's when Valdespin was called on to hit for Jason Bay with the Mets down 2-0 in the ninth inning. All he did was come up big again, this time with a three run homer to give New York a 3-2 lead that the bullpen was unable to hold. -- Ryan Jones
10. Ruben Tejada, Mets - Collins' crew couldn't put it all together this week, but Tejada was the one constant, getting a hit in five of the six games and scoring six runs. Not too bad for the 22-year-old leadoff hitter. -- Ryan Jones
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The Yankees lead the American League East by nine games and get a boost on Tuesday when ace left-hander CC Sabathia returns from the disabled list to pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays. This was Sabathia's first trip to the disabled list since 2006, and he termed it "embarrassing."
-- See Pinstripe Alley for more about the Yankees
In the latest SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings, it's pretty clear the Mets and Yankees are headed in very different directions. By taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Bronx Bombers continued to show why they are the best team in baseball, while the Amazin' Mets were anything in a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.
One of the biggest reasons the Yankees were able to handle the Angels is because of Mark Teixeira, who locks down the top spot in this week's edition of our Power Rankings.
1. Mark Teixeira, Yankees - The Yankees first baseman hit two home runs, drove in six runs and batted .333 (4-for-12) in three games against the Los Angeles Angels. Teixeira now has 17 home runs and 59 RBI, and if he stays healthy looks like he will reach 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the ninth straight season. -- Ed Valentine
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees - The Yankee Captain shows no sign of slowing down. He batted .462 in the first three games after the All-Star break, getting six hits in 13 at-bats. -- EV
4. Ruben Tejada, Mets - The shortstop picked up where he left off, by killing the baseball. Tejada went 5-for-14, raising his average to .328. He also provided two highlight-reel plays at shortstop we will see plenty of before the season is over.
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees - The booing by Kansas City fans during the All-Star break does not seem to have affected him. He is 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and three RBI since the break. -- EV
6. Ike Davis, Mets - One reason the Mets should believe they can prevent a complete collapse as the second half rolls along is the reemergence of Davis. His average has now been over .200 for a whopping eight straight games!
7. Josh Edgin, Mets - Manager Terry Collins said the young lefty would not be handled with kid gloves ("It's fire time," was his response after the call-up), and he was true to his word. Edgin made his debut Friday night trying to clean up another Miguel Batista mess, this time a bases-loaded, no-out jam. All he did was retire the first three he faced, including back-to-back strikeouts. He also got the next two batters out the following inning, before truly becoming a Met by giving up a HR to Chipper Jones.
8. Freddy Garcia, Yankees - The Yankees bats got the attention (and rightfully so), but Garcia settled down after giving up two first-inning runs on Saturday and held a tough Angels lineup to three runs over five innings while picking up his fourth win of the season.
9. Cody Eppley, Yankees - Pitched two shutout innings of relief in a victory on Saturday. -- EV
10. Jon Rauch, Mets - In his only appearance of the weekend, Rauch retired two of the three batters he faced and didn't give up a run. Quite an accomplishment for a Mets reliever!
Entering the second half of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the New York Yankees are the No. 1 team in the most recent Power Rankings from MLB.com. The 52-33 Yankees have the best record in baseball.
How do they do it? Well, manager Joe Girardi can't seem to put too much of a finger on it, other than the fact that they lead the Major Leagues in home runs, but how about this? Rafael Soriano has been brilliant as the closer. The bullpen has been terrific as a whole. Bench players such as Andruw Jones and Eric Chavez are getting it done. And starters Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are stepping up.
The New York Mets are ranked No. 12 by MLB.com, which says:
There might just be something amazin' happening in Queens this year with an overachieving team that seems to have a heck of a lot of fun playing baseball. The Mets might not have the raw talent of other teams, but they've got a few players, such as David Wright, R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana, having great years, and there's no doubt that a winning chemistry exists.
Aggregated rankings from Real Clear Sports confirm that the MLB.com experts are not the only ones who think the Yankees are baseball's top team at the All-Star break. RCS, using combined rankings from several popular internet sports sites, also has the Yankees at No. 1.
Baseball has reached its All-Star break, the traditional halfway mark of the regular season. With that in mind we break with tradition of the weekly SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings, in which we gave you the previous week's top 10 players amongst the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Rather, this week we give you the top 10 for first half of the season.
1. David Wright, Mets -- Pitching has been a major strength, but the Mets aren't exceeding expectations at 46-30 and a half-game out of a Wild Card spot without their MVP candidate, David Wright. Just when you thought the offense would take a huge step back without Jose Reyes and to an extent Carlos Beltran, the franchise third basemen has taken this team on his back as the one guy teams target as the one who can't beat them. Wright has a sensational .352/.443/.567 line with 11 home runs, 59 RBI, 56 runs and nine steals. He's also tied for the league lead at 4.9 Wins Above Replacement. A career year, even without tremendous power numbers, is on the horizon. -- Jimmy Hascup
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets -- It's tough to survive a long season without rotation anchors. The Mets were thought of as having a patchwork rotation in the preseason, and now it has the third best ERA in the league at 3.48. Dickey (12-1) has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball. Period. An All-Star and the frontrunner to start for the National League, Dickey has mastered the knuckleball like no other -- giving the team sterling innings (120), with precision (1.95 BB/9), big strikeout numbers (123) and the fourth-best ERA in the NL (2.40) and second-best WHIP in the majors (0.93). Oh yeah, his 12 wins is tied for the major-league lead and he is fourth in WAR at 3.1. -- Jimmy Hascup
2. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- It's tough remember at this point that Cano got off to a slow start this season, with only one home run and four RBI at the end of March. He had a torrid June, hitting .340 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI and has hit .364 thus far in July. For the season he is at .313 with 20 homers, 51 RBI, a career-best .578 slugging percentage and is 4.2 Wins Above Replacement. On a team filled with huge names and future Hall of Famers, Cano's star clearly shines brightest right now.
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- The 38-year-old Yankee Captain continues to defy age, hitting .308 during the first half of the season with 7 home runs. He hit only 6 homers all of last season. Jeter is now 14th on the all-time hits list with 3.199 and has a chance to move all the way to 11th (Willie Mays, 3.283) before the season is over.
4. Rafael Soriano, Yankees -- When Mariano Rivera crumped on the warning track in Kansas City this April with a season-ending knee injury Soriano wasn't even the Yankees' first choice to close games. That was David Robertson, and that did not work out. Soriano, the former Tampa Bay and Atlanta closer, stepped into the breach and has been brilliant. He has 20 saves in 21 opportunities and a miniscule 1.60 ERA, doing a great Rivera impersonation and solidifying the ninth inning for the Yankees.
5. Johan Santana, Mets -- Nobody knew what the Mets would get this season from Santana after missing a year because of shoulder surgery. His shoulder has held up just fine and he's formed a dominant one-two punch with Dickey. If you haven't heard, he also tossed the franchise's first no-hitter. The left-hander may not light up the radar gun like he used to, but he's shown it doesn't matter. He has thrown 102 2/3 innings, to the tune of a 3.24 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, 99 strikeouts and a 6-5 record.-- Jimmy Hascup
6. Ivan Nova, Yankees -- With every start by the 25-year-old right-hander it becomes more obvious that his 16-4 rookie season was no fluke. Nova had a rocky start to the season, since the beginning of June has seen his ERA drop from 5.60 to 3.92. His ERA in his last five starts in 2.20. One special thing about Nova is his ability to make pitches when he has to. Batters hit .328 vs. Nova in 'low-leverage' situations, but just .253 in 'high-leverage' or pressure situations.
6. Nick Swisher, Yankees -- The Yankees appear likely to let the free-agent-to-be walk away after this season, and his production will not be easy to replace. The right-fielder has 13 home runs and 51 RBI to go with a .262 batting average and is on pace to approach his career-best in RBI (95 in 2006 with Oakland).
7. Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- It seems like all everyone ever does is complain that Teixeira's batting average of .250 is well below his career mark of .280 and even farther below the .317 and .308 marks he had the two season prior to coming to New York. That ignores the fact that Teixeira leads the Yankees with 54 RBI and is on pace for a 30-homer, 100-RBI season for the ninth straight season. He also has just one error at first base.
8. Curtis Granderson, Yankees -- Granderson hit a career-best 41 home runs a season ago, and already has 23 home runs and 48 RBI this season. He is hitting only .248, but his .502 slugging percentage is second on the Yankees to Cano. You also can't ignore the fact that with Brett Gardner injured Granderson has patrolled center field in 83 of the Yankees' 84 games thus far in 2012.
9. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The Yankees' starting rotation was in flux for much of the early part of the season, but the big lefty was the one constant. Sabathia is 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA and helped keep the Yankees afloat while the rest of the pitching staff sorted itself out the first two months of the season. He is currently on the DL with a groin injury, but should return shortly after the All-Star break.
10. Dillon Gee, Mets -- To the standard observer, Gee's 6-7 record, 4.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP aren't too spectacular. But take a closer look, and one realizes he's pitched better than those rates indicate. His Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), which measures everything a pitcher is responsible for, is 3.68 and his xFIP (which normalizes the home run rate) is 3.50. For the team's "fourth" starter, he's given some sensational innings, improving on all his numbers from his first full season: more strikeouts (6.39 K/9 to 7.96), fewer walks (3.98 BB/9 to 2.38) and more groundballs (47.4 percent to 50.3 percent.) Jonathan Niese's progression has been nice, but he was given an extension this offseason hinting at the front office's expectations. Gee is that unsung staff hero that keeps a team in contention. -- Jimmy Hascup
Honorable Mentions: Scott Hairston, Mets; Boone Logan, Clay Rpada, Cody Eppley, Yankees
The surging New York Yankees, who have pulled away to a six-game lead in the American League East, are once again No. 2 in the weekly MLB Power Rankings from MLB.com. The Texas Rangers, the only team in baseball with a better record than the Yankees, are No. 1.
Here is what MLB.com said about the Yankees:
"The pitching woes are well-documented, but when you can hit like the Yankees can, it'll make up for a banged-up staff for a while. New York got a big win -- and a big pitching performance from Hiroki Kuroda -- on Saturday, then notched another victory on Sunday to improve to 48-30 and take a six-game lead over the second-place Baltimore Orioles. Maybe they aren't in that much trouble after all."
The New York Mets, hanging tough in the National League East at 43-37, just 3.5 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals, are No. 10 in this week's rankings.
By going 5-2, including a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees continued to lead the AL East and now face a huge final seven games against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. The Mets, meanwhile, started the week off on the lowest of low notes with two embarrassing losses to the Chicago Cubs. They were able to bounce back with a trouncing of the Cubs and then by taking three of four from the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the Mets to the top of the Wild Card standings.
With both teams playing well this week, there was a fight for each spot in the latest edition of the SB Nation NY Power Rankings, with a few unusual names getting in the mix.
1. R.A. Dickey, Mets -The legend continued to grow thanks to eight more innings of shutout ball, this time against the Dodgers. For a while he was a misplayed pop fly by Andres Torres away from a no-hitter, but had to settle for three hits and one walk to go along with 10 strikeouts on his way to becoming the first pitcher to 12 wins.
2. DeWayne Wise, Yankees - Wise was all over the map -- and the Sports Center highlights -- for the Yankees. The journeyman outfielder made the catch that was not a catch when he tumbled into the left field seats against the Cleveland Indians. He got to pitch in a 14-7 Yankees loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, recording two outs without allowing any baserunners. Oh, and he had a pretty good week with the bat, too. Wise hit .500 with a home run and two RBI. -- Ed Valentine
3. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - With the Yankees losing starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte to injuries, Kuroda stepped up, winning twice. In 14 innings he allowed only one earned run, striking out 18 hitters. Kuroda posted a a 0.64 ERA for the week. -- EV
4. Johan Santana, Mets - If it weren't for Dickey being the best pitcher in baseball, we'd be talking much more about the veteran lefty. Sure he tossed himself into the record books with a no-hitter, but he's also consistently taken the ball every fifth day and was as sharp as ever this week, tossing 14 innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits. Not bad for a guy most had written off after his shoulder surgery.
5.Phil Hughes, Yankees - Hughes also stepped up with a pair of huge performances. He won two games during the week, pitching eight innings each time. He allowed just two earned runs and 12 hits, striking out 12. He posted a 1.13 ERA for the week. Hughes is now 9-6 with 4.29 ERA for the season. -- EV
6. Robinson Cano, Yankees - The second baseman has been on a tear recently. During the past week he hit .414 (12-for-29) with four home runs and 10 RBI. -- EV
7. Jonathon Niese, Mets - After New York dropped two ugly games to the Cubs, it was Niese that stepped up and played the role of stopper. He shut Chicago down for seven innings, surrendering just one run while striking out six. Much like Santana, his solid season (6-3, 3.55 ERA) has flown under the radar thanks to Dickey.
8. David Wright, Mets - Somehow he was beat out for a starting spot on the NL All Star team, but Wright once again turned in a quality week at the plate for the Mets. He went 7-for-24 with a home run and nine RBI and just three strikeouts.
9. Rafael Soriano, Yankees - Now firmly entrenched in the closer’s role, Soriano went 3-for-3 in save opportunities and the Yankees blew the one game last week during which he was not available. -- EV
10. Bobby Parnell, Mets - Even though he only tossed two innings this week, Parnell provided a huge lift for not only the struggling Mets bullpen, but the team as a whole. Stepping on the mound Saturday night for his first save situation with just a one-run lead, Parnell put the Dodgers down in order in impressive fashion, touching 101 on the radar gun. Knowing he didn't wilt under the pressure the first time out was admittedly huge for manager Terry Collins and will give some stability to the 'pen until Frank Francisco returns from the DL.
The New York Yankees are No. in this week's aggregated MLB Power Rankings from Real Clear Sports. RCS takes the rankings from seven popular Internet sports sites and averages them to come up with its overall rankings.
The Yankees were No. 1 a week ago, but ceded that spot to the Texas Rangers this week. The Yankees were ranked No. 1 by three of the sites used by RCS, while the Rangers were No. 1 according to four sites. SI.com has the Yankees down at No. 4, while none of the sites has the Rangers lower than No. 2.
Going into action on Tuesday night the Yankees have the best record in baseball at 44-28.
The New York Mets, meanwhile, are No. 11 in the aggregated rankings. FOX Sports has the Mets at No. 9, while both Grantland and Sports Illustrated have the Mets at No. 14.
The American League East-leading New York Yankees are No. 1 in this week's MLB Power Rankings from MLB.com. That is equal to where the Yankee were a week ago in the MLB.com rankings. The New York Mets are No. 11, according to MLB.com.
Here is what MLB.com said about the Yankees, who are behind only the top-ranked Texas Rangers:
The Bronx Bombers used a key home run from Robinson Cano to put the cherry on a balanced attack, and some might think they deserve the top spot in this poll simply for getting to [R.A.] Dickey, who had been historically good of late. More key to the Yanks' fortunes have been the settling of Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova into a solid rotation, the successful return of Andy Pettitte and Rafael Soriano's stellar work since taking over the closer's role.
Here is MLB.com's take on the Mets:
R.A. Dickey on Sunday proved even power knuckleballers are human, but that doesn't mean he won't pitch in the All-Star Game, and it certainly doesn't mean his Mets are out of the October conversation. The Amazin's are 39-34 and in second place in the division. Now they'll see if Bobby Parnell can handle the closing job with Frank Francisco on the disabled list.
On the heels of the just concluded second round two of the 2012 Subway Series, captured by the New York Yankees 2-1, here are this week's MLB Power Rankings from SB Nation New York. If you aren't familiar with them, each week we rank the top 10 players from the previous week between the Yankees and New York Mets.
Here is this week's top 10.
1. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- Won Sunday night's game for the Yankees with an eighth-inning home run off Miguel Batista to snap a 5-5 tie. Cano has five home runs in his past seven games and 12 homers in his last 29. His slugging percentage for the past week was .857 and his OPS was 1.232.
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets -- The knuckleballer started the week off for the Mets on a high note, with his second consecutive one-hitter, this time in a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He couldn't fool the Yankees in Sunday's 5-4 loss, but he did manage to extend his scoreless innings streak to 44 2/3, second all-time in Mets history behind only Dwight Gooden's 49 in 1985. -- Ryan Jones
3. Eric Chavez, Yankees -- The veteran reserve infielder got two hits in seven at-bats last week, but both were home runs. His opposite field shot on Saturday snapped a 3-3 seventh-inning tie and gave the Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Mets. It was the first pinch-hit home run of the 15-year veteran's career.
4. Nick Swisher, Yankees -- Hit .353 for the week with a home run and five RBI. Swisher's three-run home run off R.A. Dickey Sunday night staked the Yankees to a 4-0 lead. Swisher leads the star-studded Yankees with 45 RBI.
5. Raul Ibanez, Yankees -- Ibanez hit .333 (5-for-15) for the week. He had a home run and three RBI, and those came Saturday when his three-run seventh-inning home run erased a 3-0 Yankees defecit and started a comeback that led to a 4-3 victory.
6. Johan Santana, Mets - After two ugly starts against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, Santana bounced back against the Orioles with six innings of shutout ball. The effort helped to calm down the talk about his arm being unable to recover from the 134-pitch no-hitter on June 1. -- Ryan Jones
7. David Wright , Mets - His average "dropped" to .350 before bringing it up to .360 this week by going 10-25. Wright has extended his hitting streak to 14 games and looks like he's ready to lead the Mets offense to a strong first-half finish. Now, if only he could pitch out of the bullpen. -- Ryan Jones
8. Jonathan Niese, Mets - Unlike Dickey and Santana, Niese was able to pick up a win against the Yankees. The key was holding the Bombers to just two runs over 6 1/3 innings, making it more difficult for the awful Mets bullpen to blow the game (though they certainly tried). -- Ryan Jones
9. Ike Davis, Mets - Though his week was cut short by a bout of food poisoning, Davis' power made a big impact in two of the Mets four wins. He hit a grand slam against the Orioles on Monday and delivered a first inning three-run jack vs. lefty Andy Pettitte Friday night. -- Ryan Jones
10. Clay Rapada, Yankees -- Pitched three times last week and continued his amazing season. Gave up one hit in 2.1 innings, the only hit he has given up in his last 10 appearances covering 7.2 innings. The lefty specialist has been a huge part of an outstanding Yankees bullpen.
The New York Yankees are No. 1 in this week’s aggregated MLB Power Rankings from Real Clear Sports. RCS takes the power rankings from seven popular Internet sources and combines them into an overall ranking.
The Yankees, who had a 10-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, are top dog in the RCS rankings. The Yankees got first-place votes from FOX, Grantland, Sporting News and Team Rankings. Sports Illustrated had the Yankees at No. 5, their lowest ranking. The Yankees lead the American League East.
The New York Mets ranked 17th in the aggregate power rankings.
The Yankees and Mets meet this weekend at Citi Field for a weekend series, the latest version of the Subway Series.
Here is the RCS top five:
2. Texas Rangers
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Washington Nationals
5. Baltimore Orioles
The New York Yankees have won 10 straight games, their longest winning streak since 2005. The Yankees have the best record in the American League and second-best in baseball at 41-25. In seems, though, that the folks at Sports Illustrated are still not very impressed with the work being done by the Bronx Bombers.
In SI's most recent MLB Power Rankings, the Yankees check in at No. 5. That is exactly where they were a week ago, and only one spot up from two weeks ago. What gives with that?
Here is what SI said:
"The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, winning nine straight to improve to 40-25 overall, the best record in baseball. Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova have been huge reasons for the team's recent surge, with Hughes netting a 1.69 ERA over three starts in 21 1/3 June Innings, and Nova recording a 0.79 ERA over 22 2/3 innings. The Yankees offense is again among the game's best, so if they get this type of production from their middle-of-the-rotation starters they will continue to shoot up the rankings and could pull away in the AL East."
Umm ... "continue to shoot up the rankings"? A Yankees fan would have to 'when will they start shooting up those rankings'?
As for the New York Mets, they are No. 17 in the SI rankings. That is actually up two spots, despite the Mets being just 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Gotta love power rankings. Does any of that make any sense?
Here, for the record, is SI's top 5.
The New York Yankees followed up a dominant week in the 2012 SB Nation NY MLB Power Rankings with more of the same. Not only did they continue to take care of business both on the mound and with their arms, but they managed to go 6-0 showing they are one of the best teams in baseball.
While the Bombers are carrying a nine-game winning streak, the New York Mets were all or nothing this week as they still cannot find their groove thanks to a suspect bullpen and inconsistent offense. The Mets opened up the week with a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays and followed it up with a head scratching sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.
It should come as no surprise that the Yankees dominated the rankings as much as they did their opponents this week.
1. Ivan Nova, Yankees - Nova improved his record to 9-2 over the past week, winning twice. In 14.2 total innings he surrendered just one earned run, earning victories over Atlanta and Washington. -- Ed Valentine
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets - It should have been clear for quite some time, but there's no denying it: Dickey is one of the bets pitchers in baseball. He continued his amazing season this week with a one-hit complete game against the Rays in which he only gave up one unearned run in the ninth inning. The victory brought his record to 10-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.20. The knuckleballer finds himself at the top of the list for candidates to start the All Star Game next month.
3. Cody Eppley, Yankees - The side-winding right-hander has been part of a Yankees relief corps that has been outstanding recently. Over the past week he pitched in four games and surrendered two hits and no runs in four innings. -- EV
4. Clay Rapada, Yankees - The side-winding lefty, the Yankees complement to Eppley, is on an excellent run. Over the past week Rapada pitched four times and allowed one walk and no hits in three innings. Rapada has not given up a hit over his last seven appearances. -- EV
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mets - Much like the rest of the Mets offense, he struggled against the Reds, but did plenty of damage in Tampa Bay. the 24-year-old was 7-for-21 this week, including three long balls and four RBI. Between injuries and the minor-league bat of Andres Torres, Nieuwenhuis should feel confident about seeing his name in the lineup every night.
6. Freddy Garcia, Yankees - The veteran right-hander is the forgotten man on the Yankee pitching staff, having been banished to the bullpen as a mop-up man after an awful start to the season. Saturday Garcia got an opportunity to make a real contribution, being called on in extra innings against Washington. He responded with two scoreless innings for his first victory of the season. -- EV
7. Chris Young, Mets - With two solid starts this week, Young's improbable return to form has him locked into a spot in the Mets rotation. He picked up the victory Tuesday with 5.2 innings of two-run ball against the Rays and was the tough-luck loser Sunday when the Reds came to Citi field and he only surrendered two earned runs in seven innings of work.
8. Nick Swisher, Yankees - The right fielder his .438 in five games during the week, getting seven hits in 16 at bats. He had a home run and three RBI. -- EV
9. Ike Davis, Mets - Don't look now, but Davis is hitting a season best .194 with the help of a solid 9-for-20 this week and an eight-game hitting streak overall. Though manager Terry Collins still clearly has no confidence in his first baseman, pinch hitting for him on Sunday in the eighth inning with the left representing the tying run. Baby steps!
10. Frank Francisco, Mets - After some very rough outings early on, the closer has seemed to get his game together. He has given up just one earned run over his last 12.1 innings pitched, including none in his 2.2 this week including a two-out save against the Rays on Thursday.
The New York Yankees swept the Subway Series from the New York Mets over the weekend. This week's MLB Power Rankings from SB Nation New York, ranking the top 10 players in New York for the past week, reflect the Yankees dominance of the Mets in the recently-completed series.
1. Russell Martin, Yankees -- The Yankee catcher capped his best week of the season on Sunday with two home runs and three RBI to power the Yankees to a sweep of the New York Mets. Martin hit .368 for the week with three home runs and eight RBI.
2. R.A. Dickey, Mets - Dickey's outstanding starts have become routine. This week, he had eight strikeouts and two walks in 7.1 scoreless innings of work in a game that the Mets really needed. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
3. Phil Hughes, Yankees -- Went 6.1 innings on Saturday to defeat the Mets, allowing only two runs. Hughes is now 6-5 on the season with a 4.76 ERA.
4. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees -- Pitched seven innings of one-hit, shutout baseball Friday against the Mets.
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees -- Cano made quick work of Johan Santana of the Mets on Friday with home runs in his first two at-bats. He hit .409 for the week with three home runs and five RBI.
6. Ivan Nova, Yankees -- Nova pitched his best game of the season last week, allowing one run and four hits in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Still has an ERA over 5.00 for the season (5.09), but his recent performances have been solid.7. David Wright - Like Dickey, Wright continued to put up gaudy numbers over the past week. His .304/.385/.652 hitting line looks normal these days, which is a huge step up from the way he played the past couple of seasons. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
7. David Wright, Mets - Like Dickey, Wright continued to put up gaudy numbers over the past week. His .304/.385/.652 hitting line looks normal these days, which is a huge step up from the way he played the past couple of seasons. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
8. Scott Hairston, Mets - There's no doubt that Hairston is one of the best part-time players in MLB right now. He hit .357/.438/.643 over the Mets' last six games, and any manager who allows a left-handed pitcher to face him in an important spot is a fool. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
9. Lucas Duda, Mets - While he didn't hit any home runs in Yankee Stadium over the weekend, Duda still hit very well. Once interleague play comes to an end, look for Duda to take over at first base as soon as the Mets decide to send Ike Davis to the minors. If they intend to stay in the chase for a playoff spot, it's a move they must make. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
10. Omar Quintanilla, Mets - For a guy who was supposed to provide defense and nothing at the plate, Quintanilla's been fantastic for the Mets as he fills in for the injured Ruben Tejada and Ronny Cedeno. He hit .312/.450/.562 this week and played an excellent shortstop. If he keeps hitting anywhere near this level, he could very well take over Cedeno's gig if and when all three shortstops are healthy. [Chris McShane, Amazin' Avenue]
When breaking down this week's SB Nation NY MLB Power Rankings, it was clear there would be plenty of players from both the New York Mets and New York Yankees worthy of a spot in the weekly Top 10. After all, the Mets went 4-2 on the week while the Yankees finished 3-3, but finished by taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers.
Even with all of the solid performances, it was nine innings for the ages that earned the No. 1 spot.
1. Johan Santana, Mets - As the games mounted (8,019 entering action Friday) the inability for any Mets pitcher to toss a no-hitter had turned into a running joke around the league. After all, only the San Diego Padres were also without a no-no. All those jokes ended against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday when Santana was masterful in locking down the first ever no-hitter in Mets history.
With his 134-pitch effort, the ace solidified his place in the hearts of all Mets fans.
2. Mike Baxter, Mets - Santana is the one in the history books, but he doesn't get there without the heroics of the Whitestone native Baxter. With tension starting to build, Mets villain Yadier Molina sent a shot deep to left field in the seventh inning. Baxter a fantastic catch that carried him into the wall at full speed, forcing him out of the game, onto the DL and into Mets lore.
3. Adrian Johnson, Umpire - Another name Mets fans will never forget from Friday night's game is Johnson. He ruled a Carlos Beltran line drive down the left field line foul, when it clearly hit the line and should have been a fair ball. In almost every no-hitter there need to be a couple big breaks and Johnson provided one of the biggest.
4. Phil Hughes, Yankees - He couldn't match Johan Santana's no-hitter, but he did pitch the best game of his career Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. The 25-year-old rebounded from an awful start against the Los Angeles Angels to toss a four-hitter in a 5-1 victory over Justin Verlander. After an terrible start to the season, Hughes is now 5-5 with an ERA just under 5.00. -- Ed Valentine
5.Rafael Soriano, Yankees - Two saves in two chances for Soriano, who has now converted all seven of his save opportunities. The expectation is that Soriano keeps the closer's job when David Robertson returns from the DL, and with the job he has done that should be the case. -- EV
6. R.A. Dickey, Mets - If not for Santana's no-hitter, Dickey would be the talk of Mets fans this week around the water cooler. The knuckleballer continued his amazing season Saturday with a complete game shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals. Dickey struck out nine while giving up seven hits but without surrendering any walks on the way to his eighth win of the season.
7. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - Pitched seven excellent innings Saturday against the Tigers, giving up two runs. He received a no-decision in a 4-3 loss, but it was solid work from the veteran right-hander. -- EV
8. Jonathon Niese, Mets - The young lefty continued a string of stellar outings by the Mets pitching staff with six shutout innings Sunday night. Using just 96 pitches, Niese racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts before leaving the game as a precaution due to an elevated heart rate.
9. Curtis Granderson, Yankees - Continues to prove that the 41 home runs he hit in 2011 were not a fluke. Had three home runs and eight RBI over the past week, and now has 17 home runs and 33 RBI for the season. -- EV
10. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees - Hit .320 for the week and showed signs of finally finding his power stroke with a pair of home runs over the weekend against Detroit. Still, however, has only 22 RBI on the season. -- EV
The New York Yankees (26-22, 2.5 games out of first place in the American League East), have moved into ninth place in this week’s MLB Power Rankings from SI.com. The New York Mets (27-22) are 17th, up from 23rd a week ago.
Here is what SI wrote about the Yankees:
The cure for a struggling pitching staff? A weekend in Oakland. The Yankees surrendered just five runs in three games against the A’s, sweeping the series and pushing their winning streak to five. Their next three series come against the Angels, Tigers and Rays, so the competition is going to get a little tougher, but there’s no reason for panic in the Bronx. The Yankees may be in third place for the moment, but this team can really hit (116 wRC+, third best in baseball) and the pitching is good enough to get by.
Here is what SI wrote about the Mets:
Besides the Orioles, the Mets have been the other surprise contender this season, but unlike their counterparts in Baltimore, the hot start looks like it’s beginning to fizzle out. David Wright returned to human levels of performance, bringing the offense down with him, and there isn’t enough firepower elsewhere on the team to make up for his regression. The pitching was able to carry them to a 5-2 record against the Pirates and Padres, but their schedule over the next month is brutal, and the team will need to play much better in order to keep their heads above water against some very tough competition. The Mets next eight series are against the Phillies, Cardinals, Nationals, Yankees (twice), Rays, Reds and Orioles.
SI’s Top 5:
1. Texas Rangers
2. Washington Nationals
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. San Francisco Giants
There is a new name at the top of the SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings this week, and it’s a guy who has been noticeably absent from the New York Yankees offense most of the season. First baseman Mark Teixeira gets the No. 1 spot this week. Following are the complete rankings.
1. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – The slugging first baseman finally showed signs of life over the past week, hitting .524 with four home runs and 10 RBI. Teixeira is now hitting .263 with nine homers and 30 RBI after watching his batting average hover in the .220-.230 range much of the season.
2. R.A. Dickey, New York Mets – Just another week in which the knuckleballer proved he belongs among the best in all of baseball. Dickey won two games over the last week in stunning fashion, giving up just one run over 14.1 innings and 21 strikeouts. The right hander’s record now stands at 7-1 to go along with his 3.06 ERA. — Ryan Jones
3. Johan Santana, New York Mets – He didn’t have his best stuff last Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he still managed to leave the game in the seventh inning with the Mets in a position to win the game. The bullpen couldn’t hold on, but in his next start on Saturday Santana wasn’t going to leave it to the pen again. This time he tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. With Santana and Dickey at the front of the rotation, the Mets will be able to stay in the playoff hunt this summer. — Ryan Jones
4. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees – Kuroda pitched eight scoreless innings to earn a 2-0 victory on the road against the Oakland Athletics last week. Impressive, especially since Kuroda had been 0-4 on the road prior to the game.
5. Vinny Rottino, New York Mets – Thanks to the constant stream of injuries, the 32-year-old has been given a chance to play and made the most of it this week. Rottino blasted his first career home run Saturday against the San Diego Padres and followed that up with a huge two-run shot against Cole Hamels Monday that tied the game up at 2. — Ryan Jones
6. Scott Hairston, New York Mets – With the rest of the lineup completely cold, Hairston joined Rottino in keeping the Mets in Monday’s game vs. the Phillies. After Hamels got the lead back, it was Hairston – also pressed into starting duty by injuries – he slammed a bomb off Hamels to tie things up again. He finished the week going 4-for-11, likely earning more starts. — Ryan Jones
7. Rafael Soriano, New York Yankees – Three saves in three opportunities last week without allowing a run in three innings. It is going to be hard for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to justify putting David Robertson back in the closer’s role whenever Robertson comes off the disabled list.
8 Kirk Nieuwenhuis, New York Mets – If there’s one player that deserves to stay in the lineup every day, it’s Captain Kirk. Not only has he been the best glove in the outfield, but the rookie has more than held his own at the plate, going 7-for-18. — Ryan Jones
9. Andy Pettitte/CC Sabathia, New York Yankees – These two veteran left-handers have to share this spot. They each earned victories last week with identical seven-inning, seven-hit, two-run performances.
10. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees – Only hit .286 last week, but he did pass George Brett for 14th place on the all-time hit list. Jeter has 3,156 hits and Cal Ripken Jr. (3,184) is Jeter’s next target.
The New York Yankees fell from No. 4 a week ago to No. 11 in the MLB Power Rankings released today by Sports Illustrated. The New York Mets tumbled even farther, falling all the way from No. 9 a week ago to No. 23.
Here is what SI said about the Yankees:
Mark Teixeira’s struggles are beginning to become a concern. After posting the second lowest walk rate and wRC+ of his career in 2011, Teixeira has seen those numbers drop even further this year (6.9% walk rate and 78 wRC+). And that’s not all. Teixeira’s power seems to have evaporated, with an ISO of just .159 compared to his career mark of .248. The fact that the Yankees have been able to stay afloat without any contributions from their first baseman speak volumes to their depth, but it likely can’t continue. New York will need him before the year is over.
Here are SI’s thoughts on the Mets:
Fellow NL East players Jair Jurrjens and Gaby Sanchez are already in triple-A, and Ike Davis may be joining them soon. He maintains just a 40 wRC+ after posting marks of 115 and 152 in each of the past two years, respectively, and his walk rate has plummeted to 6.9 percent from a career rate of 11.1 percent. His strikeout rate has also skyrocketed: It’s at 26.9 percent, a sizable jump from his career 23.2 percent rate.
Here are the top five teams in major-league baseball at the present time, per SI:
1. Texas Rangers
2. Washington Nationals
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Philadelphia Phillies
With another week of the MLB season in the books, the SB Nation New York Power Rankings are here and it's no surprise who takes home the top spot. New York Mets third baseman David Wright earned the top spot for the second week in a row, while the New York Yankees are led by a man making his debut in the rankings.
1. David Wright, Mets - As talk of a new contract continued to swirl, Wright continued to hit the cover off the ball. An 8-for-16 week raised his league-leading average to .412, including a 2-for-2 game against the Reds that helped New York split their short series with Cincinnati.
2. Andy Pettitte, Yankees - In just the second start of his comeback after not pitching in 2011 Pettitte pitched eight masterful shutout innings as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0. Amazingly, Pettitte threw 115 pitches. That effort has to be way beyond what anyone thought Pettitte could do at this point. -- Ed Valentine
3. Bobby Parnell, Mets - The setup man started the week off with two scoreless inning in which he only allowed one batter to reach base. But what may have been more important for the Mets bullpen was how he reacted to struggles on Sunday afternoon in Toronto. He got out of the seventh inning with a big out before getting into trouble in the eighth with back-to-back doubles. He bounced back with a ground out before surrendering another hit that cut the Mets lead to one. Instead of folding, Parnell struck out Yan Gomes to finish his outing strong.
4. Johan Santana, Mets - Just another typical outing for the lefty. He tossed a solid 6.2 innings, giving up just two earned runs Wednesday against the Reds, leaving with a chance to pick up a win. Then Jon Rauch imploded and Santana was unable again to pick up a victory he deserved. He very well could be 7-1, but insead his record sits at 1-2.
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees - Showing some signs of breaking out of a season-long funk. Hit .280 for the week with a home run and three RBI. -- EV
6. Miguel Batista, Mets - All Mets fans rolled their eyes when they heard the veteran would be given a slot in the rotation, but he responded better than anyone could have predicted. On Monday he shut down the Milwaukee Brewers over seven scoreless inning and was looking just as impressive Saturday against the Blue Jays before an injury forced him out after two innings. A trip to the DL will keep him out of these rankings at least for the next two weeks.
7. Freddy Garcia, Yankees - Banished to the bullpen, Garcia gave up no earned runs and just one hit in two appearances covering three innings over the past week. Freddy: the mop-up man! -- EV
8. Dillon Gee, Mets - He was roughed up on Tuesday against the Brewers, but managed to put together a solid effort Sunday in New York's only win over the Blue Jays. He tossed 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits to earn his third win. Terry Collins desperately needs Gee to produce if the team is going to hang around into the summer.
9. Raul Ibanez, Yankees - We are really scratching here to find Yankees for the list. Ibanez hit all of .190 over the past week, but he did lead the team with four RBI. That pretty much tells you how awful the Yankee offense has been. -- EV
10. Jayson Nix, Yankees - The utility man went 4-for-9 (.444) over the past week. Mostly, though, he makes the list simply for giving the Yankees an excuse for sending the defensively impaired Eduardo Nunez to Triple A. -- EV
The New York Yankees and New York Mets are much closer in this week's aggregated MLB Power Rankings from Real Clear Sports than you would have thought possible when the 2012 season began. The Yankees are No. 7 and the Mets No. 9 in this week's rankings.
Real Clear Sports takes the rankings from eight popular Internet sports sites and compiles them into an agregated score.
The Yankees received one fourth-place vote (SI.com) and four eighth-place rankings. The Mets rankings ranged from 10th to 17th, but in an odd twist their aggregated total placed them ninth overall.
The top five teams in the RCS Rankings are:
The bottom-dwelling Minnesota Twins were a unanimous lat-place choice in all eight polls used.
Be sure to stay with this StoryStream each week as we rank the top 10 players in New York, including -- of course -- both the Yankees and the Mets.
This week's MLB Power Rankings from SB Nation New York are here and once again there is a familiar name living at the top. New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter has turned back the clock this season and has found his way to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of top 10 players on New York's squads.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees - Jeter continued his amazing start to the 2012 season last week, hitting .400 (12-for-30). He is hitting .397 for the season, which leads the American League. -- Ed Valentine
2. Mariano Rivera, Yankees - Out for the season after tearing his ACL during pre-game warmups. It might seem odd to place him here, but I do so simply because of the grace with which he has handled the situation. -- EV
3. Johan Santana, Mets - When the Mets started the week with four straight losses, it was the lefty stepping up to stop the bleeding. He tossed seven innings -- even talking his way into his last frame -- and gave up three runs on his way to the first victory of the season after four starts worthy of a victory earlier in the season.
4. CC Sabathia, Yankees - The Yankees ace went 2-0 with a 2.24 ERA for the week, pitching a total of 16 innings. Sabathia is now 4-0 on the season. -- EV
5. Andres Torres, Mets - After missing 21 games, Torres returned last week and hasn't stopped hitting since. He hit safely in every game, including a huge two-run single Saturday against the Diamondbacks that turned out to be the game-winner.
6. R.A. Dickey, Mets - He was a tough luck loser on Monday before coming back and putting together a masterful performance Sunday against Arizona. The knuckleball was dancing over eight scoreless innings before he exited in the ninth inning after giving up a walk and double.
7. David Robertson, Yankees - Three more scoreless appearances for the guy who will take over as Yankee closer with Rivera down. Robertson has yet to surrender a run in 12 appearances this season. -- EV
8. David Wright, Mets - Oh, no! Wright's average is down to .375! He picked up hits in five of the six games last week and has only gone hitless in four games all year.
9. Phil Hughes, Yankees - Finally, progress from Hughes. His 6.2-inning, three-run effort on Sunday was not great, but it was his best of the season. That followed going 5.2 innings earlier in the week. Hughes has seen his bloated ERA drop from 7.88 to 6.67. Like I said, not great, but progress for a guy the Yankees need to pitch better than he has. -- EV
10. Frank Francisco, Mets - The Mets closer managed to survive a rough two-week patch and rebound with a scoreless three games, including saves in New York's two wins against the Diamondbacks. In closing out Arizona, Francisco allowed just one baserunner in 1.2 innings.
Here are this week's MLB Power Rankings from SB Nation New York. Johan Santana of the New York Mets and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees top this week's list of the top 10 players on New York's big-league teams.
1. Johan Santana, Mets - He may never win a game this season, but it certainly won't be Santana's fault. In two starts last week, the Mets ace should have won twice as he tossed 12.2 innings and gave up just one run. Potentially most important, Santana made his last start on normal four days rest for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery, a huge step forward for the lefty and the entire Mets rotation. -- Ryan Jones
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- The Yankee Captain just keeps on hitting. A .400 average over the past week (8-for-20) has Jeter at .396 for the season. Old? He sure doesn't look like it.
3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees -- The doomsayers were out in full force when Rivera blew a save on Opening Day. Rivera had suddenly gotten old and could not be relied upon. Well, the 42-year-old Rivera has not given up a run since and has surrendered just two hits in seven appearances covering seven hits. Mo does not seem finished just yet.
4. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mets - For some reason the Mets plan on activating Andres Torres from the DL and handing him the center field job he gave up after being hurt on opening day. "Captain Kirk" has proved to be a quick study since being called up and this past week he hit safely in five of the Mets seven games, including picking up three hits twice. He's also flashed some impressive leather, something that was supposed to be the main reason Torres was going to be holding down a starting job in the first place. -- Ryan Jones
5. David Phelps, Yankees -- The rookie right-hander has impressed the Yankees enough this season that we will make his first major-league start on Thursday against Kansas City, replacing the ineffective Freddy Garcia (12.51 ERA) in the rotation. Phelps has a 3.57 ERA in six relief appearances covering 17.2 innings.
6. CC Sabathia, Yankees -- The hefty lefty is beginning to resemble the ace the Yankees know he can be. He has gone eight innings in each of his last two starts, both against playoff-caliber teams -- the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. Sabathia earned the victory against the Tigers Sunday, surrendering just two runs in his eight innings.
7. R.A. Dickey, Mets - The knuckleballer bounced back from his first poor start of the season with a seven inning performance against the Miami Marlins. He limited Jose Reyes and the Marlins to just three hits over seven innings.-- Ryan Jones
8. David Wright, Mets - After his hitting streak came to an end against the San Francisco Giants, Wright got back on track with a six game hitting streak (and counting). His 5-for-9 finish to the week against the Rockies helped the Mets bounce back from an embarrassing 18-9 loss. -- Ryan Jones
9. David Robertson, Yankees -- Appeared only once over the last week, but the Yankee setup man has now pitched in 10 games this season covering 10 innings and has yet to surrender a run. He has 15 strikeouts in those 10 innings.
10. Ruben Tejada, Mets - After struggling a bit when Reyes came back to town (1-for-10), Tejada was red hot in Colorado. Against the Rockies, the Mets shortstop was 10-for-17.
The New York Yankees (4-2) and New York Mets (2-3) had very different weeks, but both had standout performances. For the Bronx Bombers, embarrassing the Boston Red Sox during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park was the highlight, with an assist from their fashion choice.
Here are the 10 best performances from the Yankees and Mets over the past week.
1. Nick Swisher, Yankees -- You may not always like his antics, but Swisher had six RBI Saturday in the 15-9 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox. His 20 RBI is tops in the AL and 11 of those have come in the past week. -- Ed Valentine
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- The captain continues to rake. He is at .382 with four home runs already after hitting only six last season. Jeter hit .407 (11-for-27) last week. -- EV
3. Mike Pelfrey, Mets -- Who is this man and what has he done with Mike Pelfrey? The maddening righty has yet to pick up a decision this season but very well could be 3-0. Pelfrey was fantastic over eight innings Saturday, surrendering just one run in a performance that most times last season would have certainly ended for him in the fifth after wearing down.
4. Curtis Granderson, Yankees -- The Grandy Man had a 5-for-5, three-home run night and hit .400 with four long balls for the week. -- EV
5.Scott Hairston, Mets -- The utility man didn't have one hit all week, but New York can thank him for their win on Saturday. Just when the Mets were about to blow a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the 9th inning when the veteran came to the rescue. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had just rolled what would be an inning-ending double play to first with the throw coming home to force out Hairston, but on his slide into home, he clipped Giants catcher Buster Posey enough to cause a throwing error that brought in the winning run.
6. Yankees Throwback Uniforms -- The Yankees wore throwbacks Friday for the first time in their history, donning 1912 uniforms to mark the 100th anniversary of Boston's Fenway Park. The number-less jerseys were awesome. -- EV
7. David Wright, Mets -- Don't freak out, but his OPS has dropped to 1.120, the lowest of the season. He also had his first hitless game of the year Saturday. Other than that, all he did was hit .300 for the week.
8. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees -- Historic week for A-Rod, hitting the 631st home run of his career to move past Ken Griffey, Jr. and into fifth place all-time. -- EV
9.David Robertson, Yankees -- The reliever continued his outstanding work this week. Robertson now has eight appearances covering eight innings and has yet to be scored upon. -- EV
10. Jason Bay, Mets -- For what seems like the first time as a Met, Bay had two home runs this week and hit safely in every game, pushing his hitting streak to seven games. He still has a long way to go if the fans are going to stop booing every time he makes an out, but at least things seem pointed in the right direction.
The SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings, looking at the top-10 players between the New York Yankees and New York Mets.
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