• A Month In Review–The July 2011 Edition

    Posted by on August 4th, 2011 · Comments (18)

    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

    The Good

    • 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.

    The Bad

    • 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.

    The Watch

    • 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

    The Good

    • 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.

    The Bad

    • 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

     

    Comments on A Month In Review–The July 2011 Edition

    1. KPOcala
      August 4th, 2011 | 5:10 pm

      Why is the fight between Hughes and Nova to stay in the rotation? Burnett should be sent to the bullpen, he may even thrive since he can still throw gas for an inning or two. I understand that Cashman invested a lot of his bosses’ money on Burnett, but enough is enough. Cashman should try and cut his losses and salvage what he can out of AJ, no?

    2. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 5:57 pm

      Did anyone hear Cashman’s interview on WFAN today? He said that he signed Burnett knowing that he was obtaining a .500 pitcher that would give them innings. REALLY?! So you give the guy a $16.5 million contract knowing you are only getting a .500 pitcher?! And one that would give you innings?! Seriously?! Wasn’t the biggest issue with Burnett his health?

      This is what drives me nuts about Cashman. Can’t he just be honest and acknowledge that Burnett has not lived up to his hefty contract thus far? Can he at least try to pretend that Yankee fans have some semblance of intelligence? And by the way, he said Burnett would NOT be coming out of the rotation.

    3. Raf
      August 4th, 2011 | 6:32 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      REALLY?! So you give the guy a $16.5 million contract knowing you are only getting a .500 pitcher?!

      Does this come as a surprise? Didn’t you see Burnett’s record while with the Jays and Marlins?

      The only thing that has surprised me about Burnett is that he has stayed healthy for as long as he has.

    4. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 6:41 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Does this come as a surprise? Didn’t you see Burnett’s record while with the Jays and Marlins?

      Yes, I was well aware of his record with the Jays and Marlins. That is why I did not think the Yankees should sign him to such a lucrative contract, if at all. Apparently, Cashman thought otherwise. I think you are missing my point.

    5. Raf
      August 4th, 2011 | 6:51 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Yes, I was well aware of his record with the Jays and Marlins. That is why I did not think the Yankees should sign him to such a lucrative contract, if at all. Apparently, Cashman thought otherwise. I think you are missing my point.

      Not really
      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/free-agent-values-aj-burnett/

    6. Raf
      August 4th, 2011 | 6:53 pm

      Red Sox signed John Lackey to a similar contract.

    7. KPOcala
      August 4th, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      @ LMJ229: No, why would you pull a pitcher from the rotation when he unravels in a close game, unravels in blow-outs (at least two that I’ve watched), and then pitches just well enough to lose? I’ve argued with Steve and a lot of you guys for some of the ridiculous second-guessing. But this is making me want to break out the tar and feathers. I won’t question the signing, at the time it looked as though a couple of filaments in Burnett’s mind were starting to glow. What I can’t understand is Cashman’s seeming inability to think outside the box when it comes to the Yanks’ “Burnett question”. It’s obvious, Burnett has earned himself a seat in the bullpen or are we over-looking something?

    8. JeremyM
      August 4th, 2011 | 10:12 pm

      I know it was the White Sox, but Nova looked great tonight. Looks like he actually worked his tail off in AAA instead of pouting and made himself a better pitcher by honing his slider. He deserves to start at this time- if they could demote Mussina in 2007 they can do it to Burnett.

    9. JeremyM
      August 4th, 2011 | 10:13 pm

      And Jete, I really enjoy these posts- nice work.

    10. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 10:52 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Red Sox signed John Lackey to a similar contract.

      I guess you are of the “two wrongs make one right” mindset?

    11. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 11:06 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      It’s obvious, Burnett has earned himself a seat in the bullpen or are we over-looking something?

      No we aren’t over-looking something. We can see how bad he is just by looking. Cashman won’t allow him to be taken out of the rotation because he’s afraid it will make him look bad. You should hear how he rambled on about the signing/expectations of Burnett. Here’s the audio link if you are interested:
      http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio-on-demand/latest-wfan-audio/#

    12. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 11:10 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      I know it was the White Sox, but Nova looked great tonight. Looks like he actually worked his tail off in AAA instead of pouting and made himself a better pitcher by honing his slider. He deserves to start at this time- if they could demote Mussina in 2007 they can do it to Burnett.

      Agreed. Nova looked real good tonight. Hughes looks like he might be coming around. Burnett should be the odd man out.

      I really believe that AJ would have given all 13 runs back had he been allowed to stay in that game.

    13. LMJ229
      August 4th, 2011 | 11:13 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      And Jete, I really enjoy these posts- nice work.

      Me too Jete. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    14. Raf
      August 4th, 2011 | 11:29 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      JeremyM wrote:
      And Jete, I really enjoy these posts- nice work.
      Me too Jete. Thanks and keep up the good work!

      Thirded! :D

    15. Greg H.
      August 5th, 2011 | 10:48 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      I won’t question the signing, at the time it looked as though a couple of filaments in Burnett’s mind were starting to glow.

      I’ve seen that from time to time too. But now I feel like it must of been his ink reflecting the light at an odd angle.

      KPOcala wrote:

      Why is the fight between Hughes and Nova to stay in the rotation? Burnett should be sent to the bullpen, he may even thrive since he can still throw gas for an inning or two.

      I agree with this assessment, and provided Hughes (who has been inconsistent as well) and Nova (young, inexperienced) continue as they are, that’s exactly what will happen, and it won’t be too long from now. They’ll probably go with six for a couple turns, then when the rosters expand, he’ll be sent to the outfield. I think he should carry the backpack out there too.

    16. Greg H.
      August 5th, 2011 | 11:14 am

      Actually the only thing I would worry about him in the BP is command. No point having someone come in throwing 96 and walking guys.

    17. August 5th, 2011 | 11:29 am

      Raf wrote:

      Thirded!

      Fourth’ed. Allie’s recaps rock.

    18. Jeteupthemiddle Allie
      August 5th, 2011 | 7:19 pm

      Thanks, guys. :)

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