Midseason grades: bats and brass

July, 14, 2014
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As Joe Girardi likes to say, the way the Yankees have performed so far this season is not what you want -- and it is certainly not what anyone expected after an offseason infusion of cash resulted in a largely rebuilt roster.

But injuries and underproduction have taken their toll, and right now it looks as if the Yankees might have to tear up this blueprint and start all over again in the upcoming offseason. Problem is, they’re still locked into a half-dozen players who may be at or near their expiration dates. And oh yeah, No. 13 is coming back next season.

Before we get to that soap opera, let’s take a look at our annual midterm report for the 2014 Yankees -- and keep in mind, as my former students at LIU-Post already know, I’m a pretty lenient grader.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 70
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .750
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOH. Kuroda 137