2010 New York Yankees: Top Five Pinstriped Players Thus Far
Since opening day, the number 28 on Joe Girardi's uniform has been looking more and more like a target.
Having three starters on the DL last week and being in the thick of a four-horse race in the AL East, the Yankees have their share of teams gunning for them.
With Rodriguez and Teixeira still not playing up to their caliber, the Yankees could've easily been fourth in the division.
However, a number of players have stepped it up, including those who may not be front runners for an All-Star spot.
Here are the top five performing Yankees thus far.
5. Francisco Cervelli-.294 AVG, 24 RBIs, 0 HRs
As a backup catcher for Jorge Posada, Cervelli is seeing much more playing time than the Yankees expected.
With Posada just getting off the DL and not being as durable as he used to be, Cervelli has seen action in 35 games.
He is doing exactly what the Yanks need him to do; playing great defense, driving in runners in scoring position and getting on base.
While there is no doubt that Posada will still be the head honcho behind the plate, if Cervelli continues to hit like he has been, look for Posada to be in the DH spot more frequently.
4. Nick Swisher-.318 AVG, 31 RBIs, 9 HRs
Coming back to the Bronx with his bubbly personality and a ring on his finger, Swisher has been exceeding expectations offensively.
With a career batting average of .249, Swish is having a career season and forcing Girardi to figure out ways to get him in the lineup day in and day out. This is of course much easier with Nick Johnson on the DL indefinitely.
He has also been clutch, providing key hits for the Yankees, the latest one being a go-ahead homer against the Twins on May 26.
3. Phil Hughes-7-1, 2.54 ERA, 64 Ks
Phil Hughes has hatched out of his prospect shell at 23-years-old and proven that he belongs on an MLB mound.
Hughes has two more wins and two less losses than ace CC Sabathia and has continued to show that he doesn't need a lot of run support to earn a victory.
If Hughes stays healthy and continues to pitch this well, he is going to be a premiere starting pitcher for years to come, while also making the Bombers that much more dangerous in October.
2. Robinson Cano-.373 AVG, 43 RBIs, 12 HRs
Not exactly a dark horse for making the All-Star team coming into the season, Cano is still surpassing expectations.
Leading the AL in average while still being in double digits for home runs, he is the most dangerous hitter in the Yankee lineup right now.
With a starting spot on the All-Star team all but locked up with a month to go, Cano has given the Yankees consistency amid team injuries and slumps from their power hitters.
Cano's silky smooth defense and the fact that he was a Yankee farmhand has made him an instant fan favorite. Cano can easily achieve the affection similar to what Bernie Williams earned from fans during his tenure if he stays in New York.
1. Andy Pettitte-7-1, 2.48 ERA, 41 Ks
At 37-years-old, Pettitte is pitching as if he has entered the second prime of his career.
Tied for second in the AL for wins with Hughes and Clay Buchholz, Pettitte has allowed less than a hit per inning.
If Sabathia starts pitching like he did last year, the Yankees will have the best one through three starting pitchers in baseball without question.
Andy is definitely helping his own quest for an even half dozen rings.