In his last start, CC Sabathia struck out 10 of the first 15 batters he faced (and seven in a row at one point) and seemed well on his way to pitching a no-hitter before rain delays twice interrupted his start. He'll be on the mound for the Yankees on Monday as they take on the White Sox; Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27) will be on the mound for Chicago.
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1) Andrew Marchand writes that Bartolo Colon may very well be the Yankees' number two starter.
At the start of the season, the rotation was supposed to be such that Sabathia was supported by A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, but it's hard to argue that Hughes' season has been anything but disastrous, and Burnett has not beat an American League opponent since June 1st, though not all of the losses are his fault. However, statistically speaking at least, Colon has filled the role of a number two starter -- Freddy Garcia might have a slightly better ERA (3.23 to 3.30), but Colon has better numbers in WHIP, walks, and strikeouts. The major difference, of course, is that Colon's fastball is over five miles an hour faster than Garcia's, something which would likely make the Yankees more confident in Colon pitching in a postseason game than Garcia.
2) Johnette Howard writes that the Yankees should be concerned after failing to make a move at the deadline.
The Yankees were in the unenviable position of trying to improve their team at the deadline in a thin market; a trade for the most talked-about name in relation to the Yankees, Ubaldo Jimenez fell apart after the Rockies refused to let him take a physical -- including, reportedly, an MRI of the shoulder, and the rumored cost of the deal --including two of the Yankees' top prospects was too high. It's the first time the Yankees have failed to make a deadline move in a long time, but the deadline moves they have made have not always worked out. Still, the biggest move the Yankees make this season will come from within the team, and it won't cost the Yankees in prospects, either.
Without acquiring another pitcher at the deadline, the Yankees' best hope for pitching help will come from within the system. Banuelos is viewed as one of the top prospects in the Yankees' system and is as close to an untouchable a pitcher in the system as there is. Still, Banuelos is just 20 years old and has struggled with his control this season, after a breakout year last season, and if the Yankees want pitching help for this season form their system, there may be a better option.
4) All full season affiliates lost on Sunday.
Triple-A Scranton lost to Rochester, 6-3.
Jesus Montero did not play.
Double-A Trenton lost to Richmond, 5-0, while High-A Tampa lost to Charlotte, 7-0.
Low-A Charleston lost to Greenville, 5-3.
Gary Sanchez was hitless in four at bats and struck out once.
Short Season Staten Island beat Jamestown, 11-5. The Rookie GCL Yankees had a scheduled off day.