The Yankees are a team of superstars, and no matter how many infield singles Brett Gardner has, this will still be a lineup built on Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. But the bit players have played well.
You can’t see his face, but you tell by the helmet that’s Cervelli in the picture on the right. He’s on the bench for his work behind the plate — ask CC Sabathia how good he’s been back there — but Cervelli has also provided some offense in his two starts. He has three RBI and a .500 average in six at-bats.
After an awful spring training, Thames has shown why the Yankees wanted him on the bench. He’s started against every lefty, and he’s hit .500 with a .600 slugging percentage. He’s not great in the field, but so far his bat has made up for it.
As long as everyone is healthy, Pena is not going to play much this season, and the Yankees will be happy with him as long as he lives up to his defensive reputation. But when he started in place of Jeter on Sunday, Pena came through with a two-run single.
Let’s face it, there are plenty who don’t consider Gardner to be a legitimate everyday outfielder, and the Yankees are clearly setting a platoon standard in left field. Gardner, though, has gotten the most out of his tools. When he swings, he makes contact, and that’s led to more walks than strikeouts. He has a .333 average, a .444 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases.
Hard to do much when you don’t play. Winn has one start and he went hitless. So far, it seems that his primary role will be as Nick Swisher’s defensive replacement in the late innings. He’s played in eight games and has just six at-bats.
That’s an Associated Press photo.