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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

2015 2nd Half and Full Season Awards

Most Valuable Player
2nd Half: Carlos Beltran
Man has Beltran turns things around once the calendar turned to May. After thinking he was done after an abysmal April, Beltran became one of the key cogs in the Yankees postseason push. His defense certainly didn’t help for his MVP push, but his bat was able to carry this team for most of the season.

Honorable Mentions: Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Arizona Diamondbacks
Full Season: Brian McCann
This decision was a tough one because there was no clear cut candidate after Teixeira went down with an injury, but I decided to pick McCann based on his power hitting, good defense, and his ability to stay healthy. Although the final few weeks of the season were ones to forget, McCann had a pretty solid season in his second year in pinstripes.

Honorable Mentions: Alex Rodriguez, Dellin Betances, Carlos Beltran

Most Valuable Pitcher:
2nd Half: Masahiro Tanaka
With everyone waiting for his ligament in his arm to snap, Tanaka was able to get through most of the season and pitched his way into starting the Wild Card game. Although he is prone to giving up the long ball, Tanaka was able to give solid outings day in and day out.

Honorable Mentions: Luis Severino, Andrew Miller

Full Season: Masahiro Tanaka
See above.

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances

Most Valuable Rookie:
2nd Half: Luis Severino
Although it pretty much crushed the Yankees hopes of winning the division and even winning a playoff game for not trading Severino for David Price at the trade deadline, it looks like it may in fact pay off in the long run. At only 21 years old, Severino looks like he will be a key piece in the Yankees pitching staff for many years to come.

Honorable Mentions: Greg Bird, Rob Refsnyder

Full Season: Luis Severino
Although he was only up in the big leagues for a couple months, Severino was by far the most useful rookie of the 2015 season. It is a strong case to go with Greg Bird who filled in nicely when Teixeira went down with an injury, but I’ll go with Severino on this one.

Honorable Mentions: Greg Bird, Slade Heathcott

Anti-Most Valuable Player:
2nd Half: Brett Gardner
So things certainly went downhill after the All Star break. After hitting .302 and earning his first All Star selection, Gardner went on to be a whole different player in the second half and hit only .210. Gardner has always been a career bad hitter after the All Star break, but this season was by far the worst as Gardner’s struggles were one of the reasons the Yankees did so poorly these last few months.

Dishonorable Mentions: Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve

Full Season: Stephen Drew
As badly as we wanted Stephen Drew off this team, Joe Girardi kept penciling him into the starting lineup. For most of the season, Drew wasn’t even able to hit above .200, but after a good week of hitting Drew was able to get above the Mendoza line and keep it because of him being sidelined with dizziness. Although it’s pretty hard to beat out a guy who was designated for assignment four different times (Capuano), Drew was able to win this award pretty easily.

Dishonorable Mentions: Chris Capuano, Chase Headley

Article by: Julian Bussells
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