This flexibility allowsone hardware platform to serve several different products."The STA339BWS is the industry's first single-chip device to include audiopower amplification and advanced DSP processing features such as MultiBandDRC," said Andrea Onetti, General Manager of ST's Audio Division. "Thispowerful addition to the Sound Terminal family of digital audio ICs brings newfunctionality and higher performance, and delivers it in a smaller package,making it possible for leading home-entertainment equipment manufacturers todeliver best-in-class audio experiences for consumers." By combining functions that previously required a multi-chip solution into asingle device, the STA339BWS simplifies product design and assembly. The newIC is also pin-compatible with existing Sound Terminal ICs for flat-panel TVs,enabling easy design-in to next-generation products. Its high level ofintegration, compact footprint, and high audio performance also benefitproducts such as docking stations and mid-power home audio equipment.The STA339BWS is delivered in a compact PowerSSO-36 package, and is priced at$2.50 in quantities of 10,000 units.About STMicroelectronicsSTMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and deliveringsemiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications.An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturingstrength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partnerspositions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology andits products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. Further information on ST can be found at Markowitz of STMicroelectronics, 1-212-821-8959,. Even more than Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia was the biggest offseason acquisition for the New York Yankees last year. The Bronx Bombers have always had good hitting, but what they really lacked since last reaching the World Series in 2003, was a true ace to lead the staff through the postseason.Take a look at the Yanks' ERA in the playoffs from 2004 to '07: 4.64, 4.40, 5.56, and 5.89.Enter Sabathia.The big lefty went 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in five quality starts this postseason, leading the staff to a 3.26 ERA in the playoffs.That's how you win a championship.In Part One of this series, I graded New York's position players.
Part Two evaluates the pitchers' performances in 2009. CC Sabathia, SP: (A) Some questioned why the Yankees would spend $161 million on an "overweight" pitcher who had been overworked down the stretch by the Milwaukee Brewers during the previous September and October, but the southpaw showed no ill effects of that heavy workload.Sabathia went 19-8 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 197 strikeouts in 230 innings for New York, finishing fourth in the American League Cy Young Award race.The left-hander tied for the AL lead in wins, was fourth in ERA, and seventh in strikeouts, and he carried the Pinstripes to the division crown by going 8-0 with a 1.62 ERA from Aug 8 to Sept. Clearly, there's no way he can rank above Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Teixeira, or Alex Rodriguez.Remember, 40 of his 66 appearances came when the Yankees were already ahead by at least two runs, thanks largely to those four other guys. And in the playoffs, he pitched with an average lead of 2.5 runs. Phil Hughes, RP: (A-) Hughes once again failed in the rotation, racking up a 5.45 ERA in seven starts at the beginning of the year, but his emergence as a top-flight reliever was one of the turning points in the Yankees' season.The right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 65 strikeouts in 51-1/3 innings out of the bullpen.I still believe the 23-year-old should get another shot at starting in 2010, at least until Chien-Ming Wang is healthy enough to return to the rotation. But Aceves was mostly a middle reliever, chewing up important innings en route to a 10-1 record with a 3.54 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.That one spot start was a turning point in the 26-year-old's season, though, as he entered July 9 with a 2.02 ERA and then had a 4.91 the rest of the way. A.J. There were many bright spots, however, like his eight consecutive quality starts from June 14 to July 27, during which he went 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA.Burnett, who was 13-9 with a 4.04 overall, worked much better with Jose Molina (.221 batting average against) than he did with Jorge Posada (.270), including his most important start of the year when he allowed just one run over seven innings to win Game Two of the World Series. Andy Pettitte, SP: (B) Last winter, the Texan didn't even know if he'd pitch again, but the Yankees are sure glad he did. The 37-year-old went 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA and won all three clinching games in the postseason.
The organization should do its best to bring him back for 2010. Phil Coke, RP: (B-) Like most relievers, the southpaw had a streaky season, pitching well during the first half before accumulating a 9.92 ERA in 21 appearances between July 8 and Aug. 30. But his main job is to get out lefties, and he did pretty well in that regard, holding them to a .195 BAA with 32 strikeouts and just five walks. The 24-year-old struck out 63 batters in just 43-2/3 innings, or 12.98 K/9, fifth best in the AL. By comparison, Rivera's ratio was 9.77. Chad Gaudin, SP: (C) The right-hander did a satisfactory job after coming over from the San Diego Padres in early August. He pitched well in six starts, as well as five relief appearances, to finish with a 2-0 record and a 3.43 ERA for the Yankees. Brian Bruney, RP: (C-) Looking at the team's final statistics, I was astonished to find that Bruney was 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA. This is because the right-hander was so bad following his return from an injury. On Aug. The result was a 2-4 record with a 7.69 ERA over his final 11 starts.I am so looking forward to finally seeing Joba complete a full season in the rotation without any ridiculous restrictions. Mark Melancon, RP: (C-) The rookie had a respectable 3.86 ERA in 13 appearances, but he walked 10 batters in 16-1/3 innings. Damaso Marte, RP: (D) The southpaw's regular season (1-3, 9.45 ERA) was nothing but a big fat F, but Marte's shockingly good performance in the playoffs (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K) was enough to bring his grade up to a D. Brett Tomko, RP: (D) Tomko was 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games for the Yankees before being shipped to Oakland, where he enacted his revenge on the Bombers by shutting them out over five innings to earn the win on Aug 17.