Yankees Daily Briefing 08/08/11

After going 5-2 on a seven game road trip, the Yankees return home where they will have an off day on Monday before facing the LA Angels and Tampa Bay Rays, whom the Yankees are a combined 7-5 against this season. The six game homestand is one of only two (and the only one longer than three games) for the Yankees in the month of August.

Discussion of the Day: Would you prefer to stick with the planned Eric Chavez/Andruw Jones platoon at designated hitter, or to give those at bats to Jesus Montero?

1) Wallace Matthews writes that the end of his playing career is approaching for Jorge Posada.

Matthews argues that Posada might not last the season, and though it's hard to believe the Yankees would release him with September roster expansion a little over two weeks away, Posada's struggles this season has been significant. He's not only having a bad season by his potential Hall of Fame standards, but in comparison to his teammates, including the lowest on-base percentage of any hitter with at least 100 at bats. While poor offensive statistics might be at least in part mitigated by the difficulty of defensive position played (catcher or shortstop, for instance), there is no defense for a designated hitter who isn't hitting. Posada's veteran status has given him the benefit of the doubt for a while, but it has clearly come to a point where starting him in the lineup is detrimental to the Yankees putting forth their best possible offense. At least there may be solace in that the struggles have occurred now -- while he is in the last year of his contract -- and not with another two or three seasons remaining.

2) Jeff Bradley writes that CC Sabathia's struggles against the Red Sox are troubling.

The Yankees' starter is now 16-6 with an ERA of 2.81, on the surface excellent, even potentially Cy Young caliber numbers. Sabathia, however, has struggled against the Red Sox, allowing at least six runs in each of his last three starts against Boston. Still, while his career numbers against the Red Sox aren't up to his usual standard, they are significantly better than his last few starts, which means that it's unlikely Sabathia will continue to pitch this poorly against Boston.

3) The top Yankees pitching prospects were on the mound on Sunday.

Triple-A Scranton split a doubleheader with Louisville, losing the first game, 5-4 in extra innings, and winning the second, 4-3.

Manny Banuelos started the first game, and pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, and was up to 93 mph on the gun.

Montero played in the first game (catcher), and had one hit in four at bats with a strikeout.

Andrew Brackman pitched in the second game, allowing one run on two hits in 2.2 innings pitched. He walked one, struck out four and hit two batters; he sat 91-94 mph with his fastball.

Double-A Trenton lost to Altoona, 3-2.

Dellin Betances allowed two runs on six hits in five innings pitched. He walked one, struck out six and hit a batter.

High-A Tampa beat Dunedin, 8-7, while Low-A Charleston lost to Savannah, 7-3.

In Charleston, Gary Sanchez had two hits in four at bats and struck out once.

Short Season Staten Island lost to Brooklyn, 10-2, while the Rookie GCL Yankees had a scheduled off day.