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August 'Kudos & Wet Willies'

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CHICAGO - AUGUST 29: Kerry Wood #39 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 29: Kerry Wood #39 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Our New York Yankees have been mediocre in August, going 14-12 since August 1. With the starting rotation depleted and Alex Rodriguez shelved it is actually pretty amazing that the Yankees go into tonight still tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East.

Let's review individual performance for the month in 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style, giving praise to those who have earned it and scorn to those who deserve it.

Kudos to ...
  • CC Sabathia: Lost his first decision of the month, but has since won five straight times. With the rotation depleted, he needs to keep doing it.
  • Marcus Thames: A .377 batting average with six home runs this month for Thames. He has become a valuable part-time player for the Yankees, and is a great guy to have as long as we don't see him in the outfield.
  • Austin Kearns: Not a huge pickup at the trade deadline, but the guy has gotten some big hits and played good defense when he has been in the lineup.
  • Boone Logan: I doubt anyone truthfully expected Logan to be important to the Yankee bullpen this season, but the hard-throwing lefty certainly is. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 17 appearances, 13 of those in August. Damaso Who?
  • Kerry Wood: Midseason trades for bullpen help have not always worked out for the Yankees. This one, though, certainly has. Wood has been excellent since coming over from Cleveland, pitching 12.2 innings over 11 appearances and surrendering just one earned run.
Wet Willies to ...
  • A.J. Burnett: Burnett has been absolutely awful at a time when the Yankees really needed him to step up. He has lost all four of his decisions in August, and has twice failed to last at least five innings. Not the way the No. 2 guy in your rotation needs to pitch.
  • Francisco Cervelli: The more Cervelli has played this season, the more he has gotten exposed as a guy who will struggle to hit at the big-league level. His .233 average this month follows a .180 mark in June and .214 in July. Cervelli has no power, and he has driven in just three runs in the last two months. Plus, his throwing has not been stellar of late. 
  • Derek Jeter: The Captain has hit just .255 this month. In fact, this is the third sub-par month in a row for Jeter (.243 in June, .245 in July). He is headed for -- by far -- the worst season of 16-year major league career.
  • Brett Gardner: After a torrid start to the season, Gardner's offensive production has slowed considerably. He has hit just .241 this month, with a .348 OBP. His speed is a weapon, but if he's going to use it he can't go all Joey Gathright and forget how to hit.
  • Javier Vazquez: His longest start of the month was 5.1 innings, and he has been banished to the bullpen. He has not given the Yankees anywhere close to what GM Brian Cashman expected when he acquired him in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Braves.