After getting swept by Boston earlier this month, the Yankees have won every series since -- a 12-4 record that has seen the Yankees retake first place from the Red Sox. The Yankees now have a better winning percentage than anyone in baseball except the Phillies, and after an off day on Monday, will attempt to continue their success against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Discussion of the Day: If the Yankees were to trade with the Mets as discussed below, which Met would you most want to see playing in the Bronx? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
1) Johnette Howard writes that while Joe Torre was welcomed back to the Bronx for Old Timer's Day, he's not missed at the helm of the Yankees.
Indeed, current manager Joe Girardi has been successful in his first three seasons, winning one World Series and coming within two games of going to another. To be sure, Girardi has not been a perfect manager -- there have been complaints about an over reliance on bunting, or that Girardi's bullpen management is too rigid. Still, it's hard to argue with the results, and one can argue, as Howard suggests, that Girardi's overmanagement of the bullpen is preferable to Torre's tendency to overuse certain relievers.
2) Brian Costa wonders if this could be the year a blockbuster trade happens between the Yankees and the Mets.
The most discussed potential trade targets are shortstop Jose Reyes, center fielder Carlos Beltran and reliever Francisco Rodriguez, although each player has his drawbacks. While Nick Swisher was struggling at the beginning the season Beltran may have seemed the most likely candidate, but Swisher has been much better of late. Reyes has been one of baseball's best hitters this season, but a history of leg injuries for someone so dependent on his speed game is concerning, and Rodriguez's publicized off-field issues would not necessarily endear himself to the Yankees' crowd.
3) Daniel Barbarisi writes that the Yankees' pitchers take hitting more seriously than one might expect. As Barbarisi notes, the Yankees have three in their rotation -- CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Brian Gordon who have either played in the National League or otherwise had considrable hitting experience, but that said, the team will probably consider interleague play successful if the pitchers can escape without injury.
Triple-A Scranton lost to Durham, 11-3.
Jesus Montero was hitless in two at bats but walked twice; he also struck out once.
Andrew Brackman had yet another poor outing, lasting just a third of an inning, and giving up five runs on one hit and three walks. He also hit a batter, and was sitting at just 87 mph.
Double-A Trenton beat New Britain, 6-2.
Josh Romanski was promoted to Trenton.
Dellin Betances allowed just one hit over six shutout innings and struck out four, but he walked four as well.
High-A Tampa lost to Brevard County, 4-3.
J.R. Murphy was hitless in four at bats.
Low-A Charleston beat Kannapolis, 8-1.
Gary Sanchez hit a home run in three at bats and struck out once.
Short Season Staten Island beat Hudson Valley, 7-2, while the Rookie GCL Yankees had a scheduled off day.