Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

After averaging two runs per in the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankee bats finally came alive in Cleveland, tagging Fausto Carmona for seven earned runs en route to an 8-0 victory. It was the team’s first shutout since CC Sabathia‘s Father’s Day victory over a month ago.

A.J. Burnett had the curveball working, which was a good thing considering Burnett told reporters after the game “When A.J. doesn’t have his curveball, it’s going to be a tough night.” What A.J. failed to mention is why, for $16.5 million a year, he doesn’t have his curveball every time out on the mound.

Ribbing aside, A.J. was very good this game, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball with 7 strikeouts. Believe it or not, A.J. actually has the lowest ERA of the starting rotation in July (2.00, to go with a 3.45 FIP and 4.78 xFIP), so I guess he’s finally back on track after that execrable June.

Speaking of execrable, has anyone taken a look at Derek Jeter lately, because I certainly haven’t heard much about his continued decline. Derek is “hitting” .274/.335/.388 with a .323 wOBA on the season. Additionally, his July wOBA is .275, after posting wOBAs of .382, .323 and .320, respectively, during each of the first three months of the year. This winter’s contract negotiations are going to get contentious, and fast, as Jeter’s probably looking for one more $100 million payday, and how on earth can the Yankees justify $20 million/year for a .323 wOBA shortstop who will be 40 when his deal is up?

And don’t give me the whole “Jeter’s one of the all-time Truest of True Yankees™, a Core Four™ member with Five Rings™ and the Clutchiest Clutch that ever Clutched in the postseason! You have to give him whatever he wants!” No, you don’t. I will be eternally grateful for all that Derek’s done throughout the course of his Yankee career. He’s one of my all-time favorite players, a genuine class act, role model to children and adults alike and future Hall-of-Famer not to mention one of the best players to ever don a Yankee uniform. Jeter’s had a storybook baseball career; but you literally could not make his career up if you tried.

HOWEVER, lest we forget, the New York Yankees have already made Derek Jeter a very rich man — he is coming off of a $189 million contract, after all. As such, why should the Yankees have to pay through the nose for past performance? This is thinking that has gotten the team in trouble in the past, and can end up really hamstringing a roster. Do I want Derek back? Of course. In an ideal world, Derek agrees to a four-year, $40 million deal and agrees to hang it up and become a coach once he’s done. Because he’s not a $20 million player anymore. He’s not even a $15 million player anymore. He’s an aging shortstop who’s looked slow in the field this year, swings at nearly everything, has no interest in working the count and taking walks anymore (a key component of being a leadoff man), and grounds out to short just about every time up.

I’m glad I’m not Brian Cashman. If I were Derek, I’d take the $10 million/year and run. Maybe Derek will be able to put his ego aside and realize that he’s not worth what he thinks he is and sign a reasonable deal for the sake of the team. And then I’ll run for President of the United States.

Anyway, what was I saying again? Oh yeah, I seem to have forgotten this was a game recap post. For a game in which the Yankees scored eight runs, nothing all that noteworthy happened. Curtis Granderson picked up another multi-hit game, so that’s nice to see. Mark Teixeira continued his July surge with two more hits. Did you know that Tex has the second-highest July wOBA in the American League (.502)? I didn’t either until I looked it up. Glad to have you back, Mark.

Joba Chamberlain came in and, much to the surprise of everyone, didn’t blow the eight-run lead he was entrusted to protect, pitching two-thirds of an inning of scoreless ball. Sergio Mitre threw the last two frames, which seems like a bizarre move given that I assumed Mitre would be shadowing Dustin Moseley tonight, but I suppose two innings isn’t that taxing and I imagine Mitre will be ready to go at the first sign of trouble.

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3 thoughts on “Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

  1. Derek won't have a whole lot of offers beyond the Yankees. He's the 9th best offensive shortstop in the game, by wOBA, but he's far and away the most expensive.

    Two factors complicate things. First, Derek will pass 3,000 hits by this time next year at the latest. This milestone will be worth big bucks to the Captain and the Yankees. Second, I assume that if the Yankees had a better hitting option at short than Ramiro Pena, that player would be called up by now. So, the Yankees and Derek need each other.

    I wouldn't want Brian Cashman's job.

  2. Good points on Jeter in the article and by Mike. I would like to see the Yanks keep Jeter but anything besides a year with an option doesn't make sense to me. He is 36 yrs old and there are no other positions but DH for him to play so why sign him to 4 yrs and be stuck with a lame bat Dhing for 2 seasons? Jeter needs the Yanks just as much as the Yanks need him so the Yanks shouldn't toss 4 yrs at him but they should guarantee him 1 with a mutual option for a 2nd which allows Jeter to get his 3,000 hits as a Yankee and saves the team money to sign other guys to help Jeter get what could be potentially be rings 6, 7, and maybe even 8 after this season. Certainly Jeter can realize getting possible 8 rings as Yankee would be worth more after the game then trying to get another $20 million out of the Yanks when he isn't that kind of player anymore.

  3. I think that is precisely the contract structure the Yankees should offer Jeter. I'd even be content if they offered him 1 year at $20 mil, so long as the option was for $10 mil, and to make the option mutual. To the extent that would be paying Jeter for past performance, I would say, fine, because you can't get to hit 3,000 without the first 2,930, which is where he'll be by season's end. With regard to the option year, heck, make it a player option. If Jeter bats .250/.320/.360 then he comes on board for not much for one year before he's let go. If he surges back then he can decline the option and negotiate more money.