Yankees Daily Briefing 07/04/11

In his last start against the Indians, A.J. Burnett allowed just one run on five hits over 7.2 innings. Unfortunately, Carlos Carrasco was even better, and Burnett got saddled with the loss. He'll hope for better luck on Monday, where he and the Yankees' will face the Indians' Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86).

Discussion of the Day: Which Yankee not going to the All Star game do you believe most deserves to go, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments

1) Andrew Marchand writes that Derek Jeter has been missed most for his defense. Jeter's offensive production has been so poor this season that questions of whether or not Eduardo Nunez in the lineup would be better, but, as Marchand notes, the lack of Jeter's defensive consistency may have cost the Yankees Sunday's game.

Indeed, to grasp Jeter's importance on defense, consider: in 207 fielding chances heading into Sunday's game this season, Jeter's made just four errors; in just 146 chances in the same time frame, Nunez and Ramiro Pena have combined for 13 errors. Although the error stat won't take into account Jeter's lack of range, he is at least usually able to make plays on balls hit to him -- which, with Nunez or Pena fielding, is hardly a guarantee.

2) Mark Viera writes about CC Sabathia's omission from the 2011 All-Star Game. Sabathia was not named to the American League team, though six of his teammates -- Jeter, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mariano Rivera will be going.

Via WAR, Sabathia has been the third-most valuable pitcher in all of baseball this season. Sabathia's snub is egregious, even after one considers the rule that every team must have at least one player going to the All-Star Game. When a batter is snubbed from the starting lineup, it's easy to blame the fan voting process, but no such excuse exists for a pitcher.

3) Dave D'alessandro considers Curtis Granderson's case to be in the MVP discussion. D'alessandro notes that the performances of Jose Bautista and Adrian Gonzalezmay be more impressive so far, but Granderson certainly has to be in the discussion.

It is, after all, Granderson's team -- and not the Red Sox or Blue Jays -- that is in first place, and it's almost impossible to imagine that the Yankees would be where they are without their center fielder, whose 22 home runs are third in the American League, and whose 73 runs scored are the most in all of baseball.

4) The minor league day was again dominated by Jeter.

Triple-A Scranton lost to Pawtucket, 9-3.

Schaffer Hall was promoted to Scranton while Kei Igawa was sent down to Double-A Trenton.

Jesus Montero was hitless in four at bats while Andrew Brackman pitched two innings of two hit, two run baseball. He walked one and struck out two.

Trenton lost to Altoona, 8-1.

Jeter had one hit (a bunt single) in two at bats and walked once; Mike Ashmore has video of Jeter's at bats as well as the postgame press conferences.

Manny Banuelos pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (just one earned) on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked two and hit 94 mph on the gun.

High-A Tampa beat Brevard County, 5-4.

J.R. Murphy had two hits in four at bats.

Low-A Charleston beat Rome, 4-2.

Gary Sanchez did not play.

Short Season Staten Island beat Brooklyn, 3-2 and now has a franchise record 12 game winning streak. The Rookie GCL Yankees had a scheduled off day.