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Yankees first half awards

But first…

- Three-run homers from Matsui, Cano and Arod sealed the win today as the Yanks went on to a 12-0 rout. Wang pitched 6.1 shutout innings, and Myers, Proctor and Villone closd out the game. The Yanks go into the All-Star break having won five of seven and are one game under .500. They open the second half with a four game series in Tampa Bay.

- In San Francisco, Joba Chamberlain, the Yanks top pitching prospect (assuming Hughes is now a major leaguer), pitched one inning for the U.S. All-Star Futures team, and fared ok (though considerably better than Hughes last year): one inning, one hit, one walk, one run and one K. It was a weak run – Joba walked the leadoff hitter (which seemed mostly due to nerves), he stole second, and the next hitter squeezed a groundball through the right side for a run.
But his stuff was electric. His fastball was sitting 94-97 mph, with one at 91 and another at 98. He threw a few nasty sliders (about 83-85 mph), although it’s more of a hard curve, and one changeup (at 72 mph!) – that’s about a 25 mph difference, which is gigantic. Check out the broadcast from the game (do it soon before it’s taken down).

First half awards

These are pretty easy – I don’t even have to look at anyone else because we all know who the winners are.

First half Cy Young:
Chien-Ming Wang, who since returning from the DL in late April has been the Yanks best and most consistent starter. He leads the pitchers in Win Probability (1.14), Value Over Replacement Player (25), and is second in Win Shares (6).

Who else but Arod? .317/.413/.665, 30 HR, 86 RBI, 79 runs and 9 steals for good measure. He leads the team in Win Probability (3.70), Win Shares (17) and leads baseball in Value Over Replacement Player (53.2).

Win Probability courtesy of FanGraphs
VORP courtesy of Baseball Prospectus
Win Shares courtesy of The Hardball Times

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