Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Yankees Daily Briefing 06/07/11 Freddy Garcia has been more than adequate for the Yankees in 2011, but that said, he struggled in his last start against the Red Sox, allowing five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings pitched. He'll attempt to have a better outing on Tuesday, and will face Jon Lester on the mound. Lester had just two starts in May allowing fewer than four runs; on the year he is 7-2 with a 3.94 ERA.
Austin Rominewas placed on the disabled list with the back and neck injuries following a home plate collision a few days ago. Jason Place will take his spot on the roster.
Manny Banuelos struggled, allowing nine hits and five runs -- including two home runs -- in four innings, while walking three and striking out three. The nine hits allowed by Banuelos is a career high.
3) Jay Jaffe writes that Mark Teixeirais hitting for more power despite a BABIP well below his career norm.
Largely used as a measure of luck, BABIP does get hampered by home runs -- and Teixeira's 18 are good enough for second most in the league at the moment. The low batting average (.258) is offset by the high OBP (.365, and exactly the same as last season) and improved slugging (.549). Teixeira, as Jaffe says, has been quietly productive for the Yankees (if 18 home runs can be considered quiet), and in a year when a few of his teammates are struggling at the plate, is now even more important to the team's success.