New York Yankees' Biggest Winners, Losers of the First Half of the Season

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New York Yankees' Biggest Winners, Losers of the First Half of the Season
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It's been a rough season for some of the biggest names on the New York Yankees. With so many stars missing significant chunks of time, the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have been forced to piece together a lineup filled with players past their respective primes and those who have yet to receive much major league experience.

As is the case in situations like this, there have been several players who have stepped up to the challenge and others who have faltered while trying to produce respectable numbers.

Some of the team's biggest winners aren't ones you would expect. These guys have played well in small roles and have taken advantage of the increased playing time they have received this season. To qualify for this category, a player must simply have outperformed his preseason expectations.

On the other hand, the losers are players who have either had, or were expected to have, big impacts on the Yankees. To qualify as a loser, a player must be an obvious disappointment given the expectations placed upon them—it's really pretty simple.

The Yankees are just three games away from the halfway point of the season. There's still time for the "losers" to find their way, but trends would suggest that it simply won't happen this season.

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