2013 Fantasy Baseball: Was the Demise of New York Yankees’ Offense Premature?
The demise of the New York Yankees offense for 2013 has been premature. Well, at least after two games against the awful pitching of the Cleveland Indians, it looks that way. Unfortunately, the Yankees don’t get to face the Indians 162 times a season.
After the first week of the season, Yankee fans were asking where is the Robinson Cano that played in the World Baseball Classic? The 2013 version of Cano was looking like the 2012 playoff version that had a whopping three hits.
Well that all changed in the last two days. On Monday, Cano slugged two home runs while scoring four times. Tonight, he slugged another home run. So if you are a Cano owner in fantasy baseball, you can stop the panic meter.
Through the first six games, Vernon Wells has hit two homers, stole a base, and is hitting .381. If you were lucky enough to pick him up in your league, start shopping him. It is highly unlikely for Wells to stay this hot. Sure, Wells could end up hitting 30 homers, but it is more likely that he will be fighting for playing time once the Yankees’ regulars return. He could end up in a platoon situation with Travis Hafner.
Hafner is another Yankee off to a torrid start. Through seven games Hafner has hit two homers and is hitting .391. Like Wells, Hafner has been scooped up in most leagues, but check your waiver wire to make sure, as Hafner’s limited eligibility at only utility in most leagues made him less appealing. You probably won’t get much in return for Hafner should you try shopping him, but enjoy his hitting while he stays healthy.
One of the few Yankee healthy hitters that was drafted in most leagues was Brett Gardner, so of course he got off to an abysmal start. Well, that all changed tonight, as he broke out with four hits. Check your league waiver wire to make sure an impatient owner didn’t cut him.
The Greek God of Walks Kevin Youkilis is also off to a very nice start. He slugged his second homer of the season tonight, and was hitting ..370 heading into tonight’s game. Should Youkilis be able to stay healthy, expect a big bounce back season.
Other Yankee hitters that are off to nice starts include Francisco Cervelli, Lyle Overbay, and Chris Stewart, but this trio should only be owned in AL-only leagues.
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