Yankees Daily Briefing 08/23/11

Bartolo Colon has mostly gotten a pass for a noticeably worse second half. It's a trend the Yankees will hope he can stop on Tuesday, as he takes the ball against Oakland. The Athletics, who are 5-26 against the Yankees since 2008, will have Brandon McCarthy (6-6, 3.74) on the mound.

Discussion of the Day: Do you think Brian Cashman should leave the Yankees at the end of this season? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Behind Enemy Lines: Rusty Simmons writes that Brandon Allen is making a mark with the Athletics. Allen has seen time in the majors before, but this is by far his best season.

1) Wallace Matthews writes that if the question of who stays in the rotation is based on merit alone, then Ivan Nova's spot should be secure.

Indeed, both Nova's stats and those of Phil Hughes since his return from the disabled list are better than Burnett's numbers, and in some cases significantly so. Perhaps more importantly, both Hughes and Nova are still young (25 and 24, respectively), and while at 34 Burnett might not be considered old, the chance for Hughes and Nova to further their development offer a greater long term benefit than keeping an underperfoming Burnett in the rotation. Despite the growing pains, unless there's a dramatic improvement in Burnett's pitching, keeping Hughes and Nova in the rotation may very well offer a greater short term benefit, as well.

2) Moshe Mandel wonders why so many are quick to dismiss Freddy Garcia as a legitimate candidate to make a game two start for the Yankees.

After CC Sabathia, one can argue who so-called "number two" starter is for the Yankees, but as Mandel notes in a number of categories, including ERA and FIP, Garcia ranks second among the starters. Part of the issue, no doubt, is perception, as Garcia's "stuff" may not be all that impressive. Still, as others have commented, this may be an instance in which one has to judge Garcia on the results, and not the process. As it stands, Garcia has perhaps been the Yankees' most consistent starter all season long, and unlike Colon, there do not seem to be questions about his durability -- which is not an insignificant asset when making a long October run.

3) It was a banner day for the top prospect in the Yankees' system on Monday.

Triple-A Scranton swept a doubleheader with Rochester, winning the first game, 11-2, and winning the second, 9-4.

Jesus Montero had a double and two home runs in five at bats and caught the first game, and then had two hits, including a double, in four at bats while being the designated hitter in the second.

Andrew Brackman pitched three innings of relief in game one, allowing one hit and struck out two without walking a batter.

Garcia made a rehab appearance, allowing two runs on eight hits, including a home run, in four innings of work in the first game. He walked one and did not strike out a batter.

Manny Banuelos allowed three runs on six hits over five innings pitched in the second game. He walked three, and struck out three.

Double-A Trenton beat New Hampshire, 4-3.

Austin Romine had two hits in four at bats, and struck out twice.

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day, while Low-A Charleston was postponed due to rain.

Short Season Staten Island beat Lowell, 3-1, while the Rookie GCL Yankees lost to the GCL Phillies, 6-5.