New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (top) is congratulated by catcher Russell Martin (left) and left fielder Brett Gardner (bottom) after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
The SB Nation New York MLB Power Rankings, looking at the top-10 players between the New York Yankees and New York Mets.
Each week during the baseball season, New York Yankees and New York Mets writers here at SB Nation New York will combine to put together localized MLB Power Rankings, listing the current Top 10 players between the Yankees and Mets.
So, welcome to our first edition of the SB Nation New York 2012 MLB Power Rankings. Let's get started.
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees -- The seemingly ageless Yankees captain hit a three-run home run and a double Sunday. He is hitting .366 on the young season. Jeter, who turns 38 soon, looked old and slow at the beginning of the 2011 season. Since a magical 5-for-5 performance on the day he reached 3,000 hits, however, Jeter has been amazing. He will get old someday, but that time does not appear to be now.
2. Johan Santana, Mets -- The Mets ace might be 0-1, but he set the tone for the team's surprising start. Just like few people expected the Mets to get out of the gates this quickly, there was even more doubt surrounding Santana's surgically repaired surgery. So far this season he has pitched well enough to win in both of his starts, giving up just seven hits and walking five over 10 innings of work. He won't keep his 0.90 ERA, but as long as he can stay in the rotation, the Mets will have a chance to hang around. -- Ryan Jones
3. Nick Swisher, Yankees -- Swisher is in the final year of his contract, and with 11 RBI already he is making an early push for a long-term deal to stay in the Bronx.
4. David Wright, Mets -- The typical doom-and-gloom chatter that's surrounded the Mets in recent years quickly overtook the glee of a 4-0 start when it was announced Wright had a broken pinky. It didn't help matters when they promptly dropped two games and he wasn't able to even grip a bat. All he did was hit a home run when he returned on Saturday and picked up another five hits in his two games against the Philadelphia Phillies. -- Ryan Jones
5. Frank Francisco, Mets -- Raise your hand if you thought Francisco would be flawless in his first four appearances as the Mets closer. He's a perfect three-for-three in save opportunities and has whiffed seven in just four innings without issuing a single walk. -- Ryan Jones
6. David Robertson, Yankees -- The right-handed set-up man has picked up this season where he left off in 2011, when he compiled a 1.08 ERA over 70 appearances and made the American League All-Star Team. He has yet to allow a run five appearances covering 5.1 innings, with seven strikeouts.
7. Jonathon Neise, Mets -- I'm starting to think maybe we should all chip in to pay for a nose job for Mike Pelfrey. After all, Niese has been spectacular in his first two starts, giving up just three earned runs in nearly 13 innings. So far, so good for the recently extended lefty. -- Ryan Jones
8. R.A. Dickey, Mets -- It's amazing to me that people still talk to me about Dickey as if he's a gimmick. This is the third season of Dickey proving to be a solid starter, already turning in two fantastic starts (both wins) against the Phillies and Atlanta Braves. -- Ryan Jones
9. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees -- Debuted at Yankee Stadium Friday with a spectacular performance, pitching eight-plus shutout innings in the team's home opener. If he can pitch like that in big games all season the Yankees have a chance to go deep into the playoffs.
10. David Phelps, Yankees -- The rookie long man gets the last spot here. He was not even supposed to make the Yankee roster, but injuries opened a spot and he has taken full advantage. In three appearances covering 8.1 innings he has a 1.08 ERA and batters are hitting .038 against him. He was spectacular in 5.1 innings of one-run relief on Saturday.