Bobby Abreu: 18 of 38 (.474) in his last 10 games with 9 walks, 9 RBI, 7 extra-base hits and 14 runs scored. His batting average has gone from .228 to .272. Trend or tease?: This is the Abreu the Yankees had last summer. He makes their lineup work and figures to stay hot for a while.
Mariano Rivera: He has allowed one run on eight in his last 13.1 innings while striking out 14 and walking 2. Trend of tease?: Mo was great in spring training and didn’t suddenly lose it in April. Inconsistent work and maybe a touch of overconfidence hurt him but he’s back now.
Melky Cabrera: He is 14 of 37 (.378) with 8 runs scored in the 10 games he has started in center field. His defense has been terrific. Trend or tease: Melky is an interesting case. Is a starting player? For now, he’s what they need.
Alex Rodriguez: Holy cats, he’s 12 of his last 30 with five homers and 18 RBI. He’s on a pace to hit 64 jacks and drive in 167 runs. Trend or tease?: When Abeu hits third, A-Rod rakes. There’s no denying that. The key is getting men on base in front of him because he’s crushing the ball. 150 RBI is reasonable to expect.
Miguel Cairo: He is 7 of 24 playing every day. Trend or tease?: First base is a big problem. Cairo is doing the job for now but he is what he is. Josh Phelps is a disaster waiting to happen in the field and Doug Mientkiewicz will be out another five or six weeks. Johnny Damon makes some sense but then who is the DH? This is the hole Brian Cashman needs to fill at the deadline. They don’t need Todd Helton but they need somebody decent. Dmitri Young maybe.
Wil Nieves: Believe it or not, he’s 5 of his last 15 with three RBI. Trend or tease: I figured for sure Nieves would be DFA’d by now and replaced by Raul Chavez. But he’s hanging in there.