The Yankees are in first place in the A.L. East with a 51-33 record, which has them six games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the players that made the biggest impacts for the Yankees in the first half of the 2012 season in my eyes:
Team MVP: Robinson Cano - 29-year old lefty swinging 2B Robinson Cano has been awesome this year for the Bronx Bombers. He has played in 85 games for the Yankees so far this year and he is 104 of 332 (.313 avg, .953 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 20 homers, 51 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Cano is going to have a real chance of winning the MVP Award in the A.L. if he keeps rolling in the second half of the 2012 season.
Biggest Disappointment - Russell Martin - 29-year old righty swinging catcher Russell Martin was an All-Star last season. The Yankees re-signed him to a big 1-year deal over the winter and he has been flat out pathetic in 2012. Martin has played in 68 games for the Yankees so far this year and he is 37 of 207 (.179 avg, .648 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
Biggest Surprise - Andy Pettitte - 40-year old lefty starting pitcher Andy Pettitte came out of retirement this year and he was looking really good before a broken ankle placed him on the D.L. Pettitte has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Yankees in 2012 and he was 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. The Yankees hope that Pettitte will be able to help them in September.