Yankees Daily Briefing 07/26/11

July, 26, 2011
7/26/11
2:26
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CC Sabathia was the hard-luck loser in his last start; he'll have a good chance to get back to his league-leading pace on Tuesday, facing a Mariners' team that has now lost 16 games in a row; the Mariners will have Doug Fister (3-11, 3.30) on the mound.

Discussion of the Day: What is your ideal bullpen structure -- one with set roles and innings, or perhaps one that's more fluid depending on the game situation? Share your thoughts in the comments.

1) Andrew Marchand writes that Felix Hernandez is the type of guy the Yankees should deal for at the deadline.

Hernandez, who is 25 and already a Cy Young Award winner, is unquestionably one of the best pitchers in baseball. Combine that with the fact that the mariners are a poor team and have lost 16 games in a row, removing them from contention, and it would seem that Hernandez would be a prime trade target. However, the Mariners have given no indication that Hernandez is available, and the cost it would take to get him or another pitcher of his caliber would be prohibitive -- not just Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos, but likely a proven major leaguer as well. While the Yankees could certainly use the help in their rotation, there is always a question of price, and even for a team with a $200 million payroll some acquisitions may not be worth the ultimate cost.

2) Wallace Matthews wonders how soon is too soon to go to Mariano Rivera.

Rivera was enlisted for the four out save on Sunday, a performance that was far from his best of the season. There are arguments about when to use your best reliever, and one can argue that the eighth inning was the most important inning in Sunday's game, but David Robertson and not Rivera has arguably been the better reliever in 2011. For the second year in a row Rivera pulled out of the All Star game, a sign, perhaps, that Rivera's 41 year-old body is beginning to show. One can argue that in a critical moment, Rivera should be pitching the eighth inning, but it may have to come at the expense of having him pitch the ninth.

3) Mike Jaggers-Radolf at The Yankee Analysts takes a look at what's become of Russell Martin.

The Yankees' catcher got off to a hot start in April, but has struggled since then, hitting just .201/.312/.291/.603 with only four home runs, and he has missed time with a back injury. Martin's backup, Francisco Cerveilli, has not been much better, and for the moment Martin's defense has given him a pass for the declining offense, but at some point even the best defense can't make up for a lack of offense.

4) Almost every affiliate won their game on Monday.

Triple-A Scranton beat Syracuse, 15-1.

Rafael Soriano pitches a scoreless and hitless inning, striking out one batter and hitting 93 mph. Monday's appearance was likely his final rehab appearance.

Montero had two hits, including a home run in four at bats. He walked once and struck out twice.

Double-A Trenton beat Akron, 9-8.

Austin Romine did not play but is not hurt.

High-A Tampa beat Fort Myers, 6-1, while Low-A Charleston lost to West Virginia, 1-0.

Neither J.R Murphy (Tampa) or Gary Sanchez (Charleston) played.

Short Season Staten Island beat Tri-City, 2-1, while the Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Phillies, 7-1.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146