Yankees Daily Briefing 08/29/11

Freddy Garcia has been one of the Yankees' most dependable starters in 2011; he'll go for his 11th win on Monday as the Yankees hope to escape Baltimore with a series split. They'll face the Orioles' Alfredo Simon (4-6, 4.30).

Discussion of the Day: If it was up to you, how would you reschedule the game that the Yankees and Orioles are supposed to make up on September 8th? Would you keep that date, or figure a different solution? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Behind Enemy Lines: Jeff Zrebeic notes that Buck Showalter believes the Yankees are being disrespectful to the memory of Mike Flanagan with their scheduling concerns. The argument might be easier to buy if the Yankees hadn't played the night after Thurman Munson died.

1) Wallace Matthews writes about A.J. Burnett's latest poor effort while Mark Feinsand writes that the Yankees may finally be losing confidence in their starting pitcher.

Burnett surrendered a career-high nine runs in his last start, and the plans to pitch him against the Red Sox this week at Fenway, where he has struggled as a Yankee, are not likely to help him turn his season around. The Yankees need to trim their rotation soon, and Burnett has given the team little reason to think that he can return to the pitcher he was in 2009, and even a performance at that level still makes it hard to justify his contract.

2) Joel Sherman attempts to rank the reliability of the Yankees' rotation.

CC Sabathia and Garcia have the longest records of durability, but after winning his 14th game on Sunday, despite having spent a month in the minors, Ivan Nova is beginning to make a name for himself as well. On the other hand, Burnett has clearly struggled, while Bartolo Colon has cooled in the second half and Phil Hughes has been better of late, but has still missed significant time this season. The question of durability is an especially important one to consider as the Yankees will have to play more games in September than there are days.

3) The minor leagues were still feeling the effects of Irene.

Triple-A Scranton was off because of the storm; a doubleheader on Friday was played in advance.

Double-A Trenton was also off because of the hurricane.

High-A Tampa beat Brevard County, 15-7, while Low-A Charleston beat Savannah, 5-1.

Short Season Staten Island was postponed because of the weather.

The Rookie GCL Yankees advanced to the GCL Championship Series by beating the GCL Orioles, 6-2. The GCL Yankees were the league's best offense during the regular season, and it wasn't particularly close, either.