in the three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last week, Ichiro was the star for the Yankees going 9/12 with a home run, three doubles, four RBIs and four stolen bases
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New York, NY (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
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The team's veteran all star players players like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki may be a little older than most, but they certainly perform when the pressure is on.
There are a few on the team have been inconsistent for most of the year- but there have been a few standouts, who especially down the stretch, are the difference between the Yankees being in first place, instead of being a second- or even third-place team.
Last week shortstop Derek Jeter picked up his league-leading 200th hit of the season, something he's now done eight times. Jeter's average has been on the rise since the month of June and he's batting .333 for the month of September, which includes his still running 19-game hitting streak.
With the Yankees limping to the playoffs in early September and in a battle for division lead in AL East, it's been Jeter who's stepped up to have one of his best seasons yet. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher are all having off years—by their standards—which would be even more detrimental if not for the Captain.
New York’s ace, CC Sabathia, who before his gem against the Oakland A’s, had lost his last three decisions, with the Yankees dropping his last four starts. Sabathia has been on the DL twice and even when healthy, he really just hasn't performed like an ace this season.
Luckily for the Yankees, it's the aging veterans who have most stepped up in his absence. Hiroki Kuroda has basically been the Yankees true ace for most of the season, while Andy Pettitte, who just recently returned from the 60 Day-DL, has performed like the Andy of old in his limited starts this season.
In his last 14 starts, Kuroda has given the Yankees at least six innings in each outing except for his most recent poor performance against the A's and only once in that span did he allow more than four earned runs.
Pettitte was very solid in five innings of work in his return [0 earned run, 4 hits], which he followed up last night by throwing six innings of shutout baseball. Though he's only had 11 starts this season, his 2.71 ERA is the best among the starters.
Finally, there’s Ichiro Suzuki, who the Yankees traded for just before before the deadline. Although his offense has slowed down overall in the last five seasons and especially this year prior to putting on the Pinstripes, since joining the Yankees he's been on fire. Ichiro’s .328 batting average in the 58 games since coming to New York is a significant improvement over the .266 average he had when he left the Seattle Mariners.
Additionally, in the three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last week, Ichiro was the star for the Yankees going 9/12 with a home run, three doubles, four RBIs and four stolen bases.
Ichiro gave the Yankees exactly what they needed this season, a replacement for Brett Gardner. Ichiro will most likely go down as one of the Yankees best deadline deals, especially if he keeps this up all the way through the playoffs, as the future Hall of Famer looks to capture his first World Series ring.
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