Road Trips, Rain Outs, and Natural Disasters
It’s the start of the school year, and Ms. Jeteupthemiddle had to get back into the classroom. Sorry the August review is so late…assuming you were waiting for it, anyway.
August Record: 17-10 (@ CHW, 4-0; @ BOS, 1-2; vs LAA, 2-1; vs TB, 1-1; @ KC, 2-1; @ MIN, 3-1; vs OAK, 1-2; @ BAL, 2-1; @ BOS, 1-1)
Season Standings (As of 9/1): Boston, New York (-.5), Tampa Bay (-9), Toronto (-14.5), Baltimore (-28.5 E)
Quite frankly, Boston has to be really irritated about the Yankees at this point in the season. The Yankees wound up winning the series that spilled into September, but it was the first time all year, but overall they have been pummelled by the Red Sox. And despite that, the Yankees left Boston only a half game out (and currently have a 2.5 game lead).
Team Offense: .867 OPS
- Robinson Cano–I gave Cano the nod as a “good” player for the month of July because he had a fairly decent month even if it wasn’t up to ordinary Cano standards. For the month of August, Cano really deserves the award. He had a .345 average, and he got on base at a .377 clip. In addition, Cano hit 18 extra base hits, 7 of which cleared the fence.
- Derek Jeter–.387/.435/.472. Yeah, Jeter has been very, very good for the month of August, and since he came off the DL in general. During the time frame of July 4-September 5, Jeter has hit .343/.392/.469. Excellent.
- Curtis Granderson–During the month of August, Granderson slugged out 10 home runs, 5 doubles, and 2 triples. His OPS over the 28 games was 1.028. In my opinion, he is the Yankees’ MVP for the season. Hopefully, in the opinion of the writers, he is the MVP for the American League.
- Brett Gardner–Gardner was in some kind of slump for the month of August. He batted .226, and only had an on base percentage of .303. Gardner doesn’t slug enough to only get on base 30% of the time. For the overall season, Gardner’s OPS+ has dropped down to 95.
Team Pitching (4.57 ERA) (Can I just exclaim this? EXCLAIM!)
- Ivan Nova–Well, he had a 3.82 ERA, which I wouldn’t normally consider a “good” month, but the pickings are mighty slim this month. With this pitching, it is amazing that the Yankees managed to 17-10 over the month. Really though, Nova only had one bad start. On August 16, he went 5.1 innings and gave up 7 earned runs. During the rest of the month his starts were at least of the quality variety.
- David Robertson–I think a .82 ERA and a BAA of .184 is considered a good month on anyone’s standards. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, David Robertson is my favorite surprise of the 2011 season. I expected him to be good, but this good? Awesome.
- Boone Logan–He had a 1.29 ERA for the month, but he only allowed a run in one appearance. He was also the pitcher of record in the only two wins against Boston in August.
- A.J. Burnett–Did anyone expect someone else in this top spot? I mean really. If you ask me, he is the pitcher to lose his rotation spot (not that Hughes, Colon, or Garcia are in anyway consistent). Burnett posted an 11.91 ERA for the month of August. Not one of this starts would be considered a quality start, although 2 of them came close. Even so, in 3 of his starts, he allowed 7, 7, and 9 runs. Oh my.
- CC Sabathia–It’s almost not fair to include Sabathia in any list that also has AJ Burnett on it, but Sabathia’s August left a lot to be desired. He had a 4.68 ERA during those 6 starts. To be fair to Sabathia, he did go at least 6 innings in each of his 6 starts, and 4 of those games resulted in quality starts, but two consecutive appearances of giving up 7 and 5 runs respectively will always bring down one’s ERA.
- Freddy Garcia–A 5.53 ERA. He had an .866 OPS against. Neither are good stats.
The I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Him
- Phil Hughes–He does well. He does poorly. He does well for 2 starts in a row. He does poorly for 2 starts in a row. I never know what Phil Hughes will appear on a mound in any given day. In the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Hughes would be in the bad section of this review, but I’m still holding out hope for him. I am also more confident in him than in Burnett.
September Call Ups
- Jesus Montero–The most anticipated and the most exciting
- Scott Proctor–I know, right. I was just as shocked as you were to find out his arm was still attached to his shoulder.
- Lance Pandleton
- Brandon Laird
- Raul Valdes
- Chris Dickerson