Saturday, May 21, 2011
Yankees Daily Briefing 05/21/11 A.J. Burnett has some interesting splits. For example, he has a better WHIP and ERA in losses than he does in wins -- and the splits were even more stark before his meltdown in the sixth inning against the Rays last Monday. On Saturday, he'll take on the Mets' Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78), as the Yankees will attempt to even the series.
In Charleston, Slade Heathcott had three hits in four at bats and stole a base. Gary Sanchez had a hit in three at bats and walked once. Eric Shultz of The Yankee Analysts wrote about how Sanchez is turning his season around, certainly a pleasant development even if struggling as an 18-year old in Low-A is not unexpected. J.R. Murphy had a double in four at bats and drove in a run. Ramon Flores had a hit and RBI in three at bats; he now has a 10-game hitting streak.
Sanchez and Flores also made Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet (linked above), rounding out a very impressive representation for the Yankees' system.
2) Katie Sharp takes a look at the statistical oddities for the Yankees over the past week. The most interesting nugget is perhaps that Wednesday was just the second time in Mariano Rivera's career that he was called upon to finish a game where a starter had thrown eight scoreless innings and the Yankees led 1-0.
Many players on the list went on to play on with other teams, even Ruth and Berra, but perhaps the most interesting here is how young many of the Yankees were when they retired -- DiMaggio was done at 36, as was Mickey Mantle; Roger Maris was only 33 at the end of his career.
Among Yankees fans, Long may be best known for his work with Curtis Granderson last August, and his success with Granderson makes it very easy to believe that his influence has played an important part in Beltran's successful career.