Milestones and Breaks
July Record: 16-11 (@ NYM, 2-1; @ CLE, 1-2; vs TB, 2-1; @ TOR, 2-2; @ TB, 2-2; vs OAK, 2-1; vs SEA, 2-1; vs BAL, 3-1)
Season Standings: Boston, New York (-1), Tampa Bay (-11), Toronto (-12.5), Baltimore (-24)
Team Offense: .757 OPS
- Derek Jeter–Jeter went on the DL early in June, but he came back early in July with a vengeance. For the month of July, he batted .292/.347/.449. And since I am once again late with the Month in Review, I can report about Jeter’s 5-6 game last night which makes him the first player since 1991 to have 2 games in a season with at least 5 hits at the age of 37 or older. His batting average is now up to a respectable .280, and his OPS+ is up to 90.
- Nick Swisher–Since I said at the end of May that I thought the Yankees should have traded Nick Swisher, he has been showing me up. Once again, Swisher had an excellent month. For July, he posted a .902 OPS with 19 RBIs. His OBP for the month is also .396
- Robinson Cano–Cano has yet to be considered “good” by my loosely defined standards each month. This July, perhaps making up for the lack of Arod, he has done pretty well. His average for the month is .311 and this OPS is .859. These numbers certainly aren’t what we could see from Cano, but I will certainly take it.
- Russell Martin–Martin only batted .213 this month. His OPS for July was .570. He has had quite the drop off since the beginning of the year, which was to be expected, but it would be nice if he could pick it back up.
- Jorge Posada—Posada is trying to prove that his June was the anomaly. Yankee fans were hoping that April and May were the anomaly. For July, his OPS was .534. During the course of 67 plate appearances, Posada has managed 2 extra base its, both of which were doubles. Not really good.
- On July 9, 2011 Derek Jeter joined the 3000 hit club. He is the first and only Yankee to reach that milestone, and he did it in Jeter, dramatic fashion. Derek Jeter, the player who averages 16 home runs per 162 games, and only had 2 prior to that day, hit his 3000th hit on a home run to deep left field. If some one told me Jeter was going to get the milestone on a home run, I would have assumed one of those 315 wall scrapers to right field. I would have been wrong. That was an excellent day for Jeter fans and Yankees fans. Overall, he went 5-5 including the game winning hit in the 8th inning.
Team Pitching: 3.33 ERA
- CC Sabathia–Sabathia was named the AL Pitcher of the Month, and really, he was the clear choice for the award. During the course of July, he has made 5 starts, won 4 of them, and posted a .92 ERA. He pitched at least 7 innings in all of the starts and never gave up more than 2 earned runs. Opponents only batted .140 against him. None of these numbers include his August 1 start when he went another 8 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs once again receiving a win.
- Freddy Garcia–His one bad start against Toronto (5 IP, 5 ER) aside, Garcia had a good month. His remaining 4 starts were better than quality starts. For the month he went 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA.
- A.J. Burnett–Burnett is killing my fantasy team, so I am slightly biased in my assessment here. I have the league best ERA, so I figured I could take the ERA hit by using Burnett but get some Yankee offense powered wins at the same time. Since I picked him up, he has not pitched well, and did not get me any wins. His ERA for July is 4.83 with a 0-3 record. This does not even include last night’s debacle. If a team can give you 13 runs before the 4th inning, you need to at least go 5 innings and get your fantasy owners a win. It’s like he isn’t even aware of the big picture. Sheesh.
Trade Deadline? What Trade Deadline?
The trade deadline came and went on Sunday with the Yankees n0t making a single move. Honestly, I don’t mind the lack of moves. If the Yankees needed anything, it was a front line starter, and I’m not sure if what was available was worth the cost. Or, more accurately, I’m not sure if the cost was worth the marginal difference in the record. This will be a real test this weekend when the Yankees will once again face the Boston Red Sox. It would be nice if the Yankees could beat them once and again.
August is looking like a particularly brutal month with the road trips, the double headers, and the lack of days off.
On a side note, I want to thank those posters who mentioned liking the Months in Reviews in t