Yankees Daily Briefing 05/20/11

Freddy Garcia has only faced the New York Mets twice in his career, and holds a 1-1 record with a 2.63 ERA. On Friday, he'll get his first start against the Mets since 2007, where he will face R.A. Dickey. Dickey is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA against the Yankees in his career, but has not started a game agains the Yankees since 2004.

1) It was a good night for the farm system as every affiliate in action won.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out and the game has been rescheduled for July 5.

Jay Jaffe at Pinstriple Bible writes that while Jesus Montero's time is coming, it's not here yet.

As Jaffe writes, though Montero is hitting .318/.350/.417 in Scranton, he's hit only two home runs. While it's possible that Montero would benefit from the challenge a major league environment would provide, there's little reason to rush a 21 year-old, especially one who's defensive skills are often questioned.

Double-A Trenton won a marathon over Erie, winning 9-6 in 16 innings.

Austin Romine has two hits in seven at bats, but perhaps more impressively caught all 16 innings.

High-A Tampa beat St. Lucie 6-4 while Low-A Charleston beat Savannah in 12 innings.

Gary Sanchez was hitless in four at bats. He walked once, struck out once and allowed a passed ball. Slade Heathcott was hitless in six at bats and struck out twice; it was his first game back since inciting a bench clearing brawl last week.

Anderson Feliz, who had earlier hit a double and triple, hit the walkoff home run, which via Doug Kern of ESPN's Stats and Info, was hit to dead center.

2) Ian O'Connor ponders what might have been had Alex Rodriguez signed with the Mets.

On the eve of the annual Subway Series, it's tempting to consider how divergent the Yankees' and Mets' paths have been since meeting in the 2000 World Series. The Mets have been less consistent than the Yankees, only making the playoffs once since 2000. There's little doubt Rodriguez could have helped the Mets, and the Yankees would have found some one else to step in after Aaron Boone tore his ACL, but even without Rodriguez, the Mets have a pretty decent third baseman of their own.

3) Mike Jaggers-Radolf at The Yankee Analysts writes that Curtis Granderson likely will not sustain his current pace.

As Jaggers-Radolf notes, the difference between Granderson's batting average (.270) and slugging (.610) is likely unsustainable long term, but there seems little reason to believe that Granderson's production will fall off dramatically, especially if we include Granderson's production at the end of last season, after working with hitting coach Kevin Long. In fact, Granderson's production over the last month of 2010 is right in line with his numbers so far in 2011.

4) Daniel Barbarisi writes that if any Yankee breaks Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, Robinson Cano might have the best chance.

Barbarisi mentions that a low strikeout rate might be the key to long hitting streaks; of the Yankees' regular players only Derek Jeter and Russell Martin have struck out less. When combined with Cano's ability to hit for average and hit to all areas of the field, Cano is arguably the best all-around hitter on the Yankees in 2011, and while a 56 game hitting streak probably won't happen, Cano's success will still be crucial to the Yankees' season.