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Lyle Overbay has been a steady bat all season for manager Joe Girardi. He has 22 hits in July, hitting a solid .272 with five multi-hit games.
Overbay hit three of his 12 home runs in the month and drove in 11 runs. He connected on a grand slam off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis in an 8-1 win on July 10.
It seems every time the Yankees need a big hit, it’s Overbay who delivers. This was his best offensive month of the year.
In the field, Overbay committed just one error. It looks as if Overbay will be first baseman for the rest of the year, and it’s a good time to start heating up.
It’s no surprise Robinson Cano had the best month for the Yankees. He hit .333 in July, clubbing four home runs and driving in a team-high 22 runs.
His 28 hits include seven multi-hit games and nine extra-base hits. He slugged .536 with an OPS of .967.
Cano committed one error appearing in all 25 games this month. He brought his average from .287 up to .297 and added a stolen base.
He makes everything look easy, though if he hustled on ground balls, he might have a few extra hits.
Eduardo Nunez—who can’t keep his helmet on his head—returned from the 60-day disabled list on July 6 and was immediately placed in the starting lineup, appearing in 18 straight games.
He hit a respectable .258 with four of his 16 hits going for extra bases. He had five multi-hit games, including two games with three hits.
However, Nunez did commit three errors at shortstop. On one play, he airmailed Overbay at first on what appeared to be a routine throw.
It was a mediocre month for the 26-year-old infielder.
Making his Yankees debut on July 19, utility infielder Brent Lillibridge hit .185 through eight games. He has five hits, one stolen base, three RBIs and two scored runs.
On defense, he made an error that cost the Yankees four runs against a tough Rangers team, only to lead to his own heroics as he hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth.
With Jeter and Nix back, cracking the lineup won’t be easy during the remainder of the season.
Before being optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, David Adams played seven games to the tune of a .250 batting average in July. He recorded at least one hit in four of the seven games, with two RBIs, five strikeouts and three runs scored.
He didn’t do enough to stay on the club, as he was optioned in favor of Nix.
With a sprained right knee, Cruz was the latest Yankee to be placed on the disabled list. Coming over from the Dodgers, Cruz appeared in 16 straight games, playing above-average defense on the left side of the diamond.
He sprained his knee running down a pop-up in shallow left field.
Cruz batted .182 with 10 hits and 13 strikeouts. He wasn’t much of a presence on the bases, with a .224 on-base percentage and .424 OPS.
DH Travis Hafner
For never playing the field, Hafner has been struggling mightily to hit the ball. His power is virtually nonexistent, hitting zero home runs in July.
Hafner hit a putrid .143, slugging .196. He had eight total hits and struck out 18 times. As a designated hitter, two RBIs in an entire month is well below his production potential. Hafner was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury.