5 New York Yankees Who Should Be 2013 MLB All-Stars
5 New York Yankees That Should be All-Stars
It's been a tough season thus far for the New York Yankees. They began the season with low expectations, then proceeded to exceed those expectations with an aging roster before being bitten by the injury bug -- and hard.
Derek Jeter went down with yet another serious leg injury, one that could make the end of his career look not too distant. Alex Rodriguez has been out all season with an injury and has also been the subject of illegal substance allegations -- nothing new for the former superstar.
Jeter's replacement, Eduardo Nunez suffered a serious oblique injury that has set him out for about two months.
All in all, 2013 hasn't been the best year for Yankees baseball. Usually a model franchise when it comes to winning, New York has seen their once-promising season turn into somewhat of a nightmare.
Sitting at 43-39, the Yanks are six games behind the surprising Boston Red Sox who find themselves in first place after basically dismantling their team and coaching staff in the offseason.
The playoffs are a familiar place for this organization, missing the postseason just one time since 2000 and accumulating the most World Series titles of any franchise, with 27.
The 2013 season may not end like many Yankee fans would hope, but with just one superstar in the usually star-studded lineup, New York could miss their first postseason since 2008.
Despite the poor play by many Yankees this season, they still have some guys worthy of an All-Star Game appearance in the upcoming Midsummer Classic.
Here are five Yankee players who have played well enough to earn an All-Star appearance.
Brett Gardner is one of the lesser-known, less glamorous Yankees, but is still have a noteworthy season. He's got the second-best average on the team along with seven home runs and 31 RBI. Sure, he's not a superstar that the Yankees are used to, but he's as solid as they come.
Appearing in the second most games (34) on the pitching staff, Boone Logan has been an extremely reliable setup man. With a 2.08 ERA and a very impressive 13.29 strikeouts per nine innings, what better guy to bring in the game when you need to hold the lead?
Earning the distinction as the best closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera is at it once again the season after he suffered what looked to be a career-ending injury. He has a 1.50 ERA to go along with 26 saves and one of the most devastating cutters in all of baseball. This guy is just not human.
With the best ERA of any starting pitcher on staff, Hiroki Kuroda has been pitching great this season. Usually, you would say that C.C. Sabathia was the best pitcher in the rotation, but after a poor start to the season, that's not the case. Kuroda has been sensational this season with his 2.95 ERA and seven wins.
Last but not least, Robinson Cano has been this team's top player for the past couple of seasons, especially with the absence of Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Cano is hitting .293, which is good for the top mark on the team, along with 19 homers and 51 RBIs, also best marks on the team.