Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/28/15

I’m supposed to be going to an all-weekend party on Saturday.  I also might have to be kinda, sorta on call for work this weekend.  The whole situation is up in the air, but however it falls I probably won’t be watching much Yankee baseball this weekend.  That stinks.  But oh well, onto the links.

– On Monday, Enos Sarris of FanGraphs examined the development of Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter and how he’s used that to make his fastball a more effective pitch.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked for signs of an offensive turnaround within the current slump.  We haven’t seen any of that turnaround yet, but maybe tonight’s the night.

– Harlan Spence of Pinstripe Alley mused on the possibility of the Yankees retiring A-Rod’s number when his career is over.  I didn’t have much interest in seeing Jorge or Andy this year, but I’d make damn sure I was at the A-Rod ceremony.

– On Wednesday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted pointed out how the offensive slump is putting added pressure on the depleted rotation.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/21/15

By the time this posts, I’ll most likely be napping.  Sleep cycles have been abysmal this week.  Let’s get right to the links, shall we?

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked at A-Rod’s recent slump to see if there was a root cause.  Hopefully the last few games are a sign that he’s coming out of it.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley used Luis Severino’s SSS results to show how he’s been better than any other trade option the Yankees could have pursued to help the rotation.

– On Wednesday, David Laurila of FanGraphs interviewed David Cone and got his thoughts on a variety of pitching topics.  Cone is the best of the YES broadcast lineup and a friend of the blog, so naturally this is a must-read for any intelligent Yankee fan.

– On Thursday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog used his disastrous June 16th outing as a dividing point for Nathan Eovaldi’s season and broke down the changes and improvements he’s made since then.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/14/15

Free beer day at work is a rare day, but a great day.  Today that meant 3 12-pack bomber cases of assorted New Belgium stuff.  Now this is beer that’s been sitting in our shop for a while, so the heat probably hasn’t done it any favors.  But anytime you can get almost 800 oz of beer for free, you’ve got to take that chance, right?  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog compared the recent division lead loss to previous ones in team history and commented on the front office’s role in the loss.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down Luis Severino’s second start and compared to his first to see where he made improvements.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily unveiled his hypothetical version of the 2018 “All-Homegrown” team.

– On Thursday, SG of RLYW updated his CAIRO projections for Greg Bird to get an idea of what he could contribute to the lineup.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/7/15


With no trade deadline to muck up the plans, we’re back to the regularly scheduled weekly linkaround this week.  Also I’m really excited for this weekend’s series.  It’s going to be so sweet when the Yanks take 2 of 3.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down the changes made by Nathan Eovaldi and Brendan Ryan to help their respective games.

– On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY talked to Garrett Jones about his quick return to the Yankees after the Dustin Ackley injury.

– Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx updated his top 15 Yankee prospects list.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… touched on the importance for the Yankees to learn something from Wednesday night that can help them against R.A. Dickey this weekend.  They looked ugly against the knuckler the other night.

– Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley analyzed the changes Carlos Beltran made to his approach that helped turn his season around offensively.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/24/15

Links.  Many, many links.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings of LoHud broke down Joe’s comments on the Ryan over Refsnyder decision.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily unveiled his updated top 50 Yankee prospects list after the draft.  I always like Greg’s rankings simply because he takes the time to rank 50 guys.

– Andrew Felper of BP Bronx analyzed Mark Teixeira’s tremendous improvement against 4-seamers this season and how it’s been the driving force behind his resurgence.

– On Wednesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley touched on the things that might make Mike Leake the perfect type of trade deadline target for the Yankees.

– El duque of It Is High… examined the Yankees’ organizational depth to see where second half injuries could be the most impactful.

– On Thursday, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweet Spot mused on the idea of the Yankees trading for Aroldis Chapman.  That would be awesome, but I can’t see them doing it.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/3/15

This time last year, I was bumming because I had to stick around the Milwaukee area and miss out on going to DC for 4th of July with my best friends.  I had to fly to Germany on July 5th to start a work training program, so it was a mostly tame 4th of July celebration.  Not the case this year.  No Germany, no training, and I got into DC on Thursday, so this weekend is already setting up to be a spectacular one.  Hope everybody else has something good planned for tomorrow.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… commented on the Adam Warren situation and the troubling trend that it follows with other less-heralded homegrown guys.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley mused on the possibility of the Yankees trading Carlos Beltran to the Angels.  It’s a major longshot, but there’s a lot about the deal that would make sense for both sides.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/26/15

Solid batch of links this week, real good batch.  Let’s get right into them.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… discussed the Yankees’ never-ending cycle of bullpen call-ups in the context of  how the current schedule/roster system could be changed for the better.

– Andrew Mearns of BP Bronx touched on the overall improvement in Didi Gregorius’ game as the season has progressed.

– On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY recapped Ivan Nova’s first start back from TJS with thoughts from Nova and his teammates on his performance.

– Mike Axisa of RAB organized and categorized the Yankees’ collection of trade chips as we get closer to the trade deadline.

– Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted reminded everybody to keep their expectations tempered for Ivan Nova.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud listed and analyzed the current roster problems the Yankees are facing.  It’d be nice to see that list get cut down some in the very near future.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/12/15

Hot take alert, hot take alert!  TV advertising has gotten really bad.  Pathetically bad in some cases.  The dude in the McDonald’s sirloin burger spots is unbearable.  Could not be more unlikable.  And why Scion still rolls with the hamsters is beyond me.  The hamsters are the engineers designing the new car in the latest commercial.  Am I supposed to want to buy a Scion more because I know it was designed, built, and tested by animated, anthropomorphic hamsters?  Is that the implication?  How is that supposed to inspire a purchasing decision?  If I wasn’t so addicted to television, I’d stop watching.  Today’s TV advertising is surely helping to make our society dumber.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs used his KATOH projection model to analyze the 1st round draft picks.  Worth noting that Kaprielian was the highest-rated pitcher by KATOH.

– On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… ranted at the Yankees for failing to draft Mo III.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/5/15

Small-ish batch of regular links this week, and a real prospect-heavy batch of Yankee-centric links.  That’s partially just the luck of the draw from what stood out to me as I read and partially due to the fact that I didn’t have time to read as much as I normally do this week.  With that in mind, I’ll officially open this post up to suggestions and tips from any and all readers.  If you ever see something that you think should be in the Palooza, email it to me or tweet me @BradVietro and I’ll do my damndest to make sure it gets in.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Nicolas Stellini of Pinstripe Alley profiled Double-A lefty Eric Ruth, who has been quietly putting together a solid performance at that level and forcing himself into the fringes of the prospect scene.

– On Wednesday, Adam Lewis of had a small feature on Garrett Jones and how he’s adjusting to his reduced role this season.

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