(Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
A popular thing to do in the blog world at the All-Star break is hand out midterm grades to your team's players and their first half performances. Most of the grades you'd see from me if I were to do that would be C's, and that's not just because the Yankees have a .500 record and have looked blah in every way through 94 games. For the most part, things have gone the way the way they had been going and the way they were expected to go for the returning Yankee core. Father time has caught up to guys like Derek Jeter and Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda have provided more questions than answers about their futures, and CC Sabathia's performance decline has continued in perfect harmony with his physical decline. These guys are who we thought they were and who we were afraid they'd become.
It was the new guys on the block who were supposed to be the fixers. They were the ones who were going to propel the holdover group back into the playoffs and bridge the gap into the next generation of Yankee baseball. Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Masahiro Tanaka, the $458 billion saviors. Or so we thought. Expectations have hardly been met by this group, although their respective performances have hardly been poor across the board, and some of the blame for the team's present position falls on some of these shoulders. Here's a quick recap of how that half bil investment is paying off so far.