City Sports Report

Yankees Stay Silent, While Others Improve by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Yankees are two games games behind the Boston Red Sox, and are eight games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the loss column.  Perhaps these were the leading factors in the New York Yankees not making any moves before the trade deadline yesterday.  It could also be the reason why the New York Yankees don’t capture their 28th championship this year.

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia is having a Cy Young award-winning season, with a 15-5 record, a 2.56 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 168.2 innings.  But beyond Sabathia, the New York Yankees have a starting staff that is not very intimidating.  AJ Burnett, who is making  $16,500,000 this season, has a unimpressive record of 8-9 with a 4.23 ERA.  Bartolo Colon is 8-6 with an ERA of 3.30, and Freddy Garcia is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.22.  Phil Hughes continues to struggle, with a 1-3 record and bloated ERA of 8.24, and Ivan Nova, recently called up to make a start during a doubleheader, is 9-4 with a 4.01 ERA.  With these starting pitchers filling out the rotation for the New York Yankees in the playoffs, the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers, the teams currently in positions to make the playoffs in the American League, will not fear these pitchers.

Meanwhile, the team with the best record in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies, obtained outfielder Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros in a move that filled a major weakness in their lineup, a right-handed hitter with power.  The Texas Rangers also made strong moves, acquiring Mike Adams from the San Diego Padres and Koji Uehara form the Baltimore Orioles.  Uehara has an ERA of 1.69 in 48 innings this season, and Adams has an ERA of 1.13 in 48 innings.  The Boston Red Sox also made a move, acquiring Erik Bedard of the Seattle Mariners to bolster their starting pitching.  Bedard is currently 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA.

With other teams getting better, the New York Yankees decided to stay as-is, not making any trades to acquire additional talent.  This could be the downfall of the team if the talent in their starting rotation doesn’t live up to it’s potential.  This is a story that will likely be played out in October, possibly against the Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Angels or Phillies.


  1. Bobby Charts

    August 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Man, even though my Mets might not make it, I can’t wait for playoff baseball!

  2. thenewsofsports

    August 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, the Yankees are prepping for next year. They’ll be contenders this year for sure, but title favorites? Not so much.

    • Derrel "Jazz" Johnson

      August 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      The Yankees, prepping for next year? The Yankees are supposed to always be in win-now mode.

  3. thenewsofsports

    August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I know, but that seems like Cashman is doing it ever so quietly.

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