Friday Morning Links: 4/29/16

Playing catchup here.  It’s been over a week since the last linkaround, but we’ve got a real good batch to get you ready for Yanks-Sawx this weekend after yesterday’s off-day.  Here we go.

– Last Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes weighed the option of trading one of the Betances/Miller/Chapman relief trio once all 3 are active.  I think it’s too early to think about that, but it’s definitely something the Yanks should do at the deadline if they’re out of contention.

– Last Thursday, Stacey looked at the slow starts for three important hitters over at BP Bronx.

– On Monday, el duque of It Is High… dished his first really good “the sky is falling” rant of the season.  Understandable considering it came right after the Pineda BP game.

– On Tuesday, Marly Rivera of ESPN got Luis Severino’s thoughts on his early-season struggles and what he’s doing to try and fix them.

– On Wednesday, Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley revisited the idea of extending Nathan Eovaldi this season.  More outings like his last one and that becomes a real possibility.

– Chris Carelli broke down how Masahiro Tanaka has lived up to his contract so far for SNY.

– Yesterday, Mike Axisa dug deep into Michael Pineda and Eovaldi’s problems giving up too much contact.  Check it out for the FIP/BABIP plot graphic alone. Continue reading Friday Morning Links: 4/29/16

Tuesday Morning Links: 4/19/16

Remember when I said I was changing up the regular Friday links routine and going for 2 or 3 mini links posts per week?  Yeah, well I guess I’m a dirty, rotten liar.  I think this is the 3rd or 4th week in a row that I’ve done links on Tuesday.  Whatever.  I’m like the Yankee front office.  The actions never seem to match the words, gotta keep people on their toes.  Here they are:

– Last Thursday, Stacey analyzed Nathan Eovaldi’s entire career to date over at BP Bronx to see if we can reasonably expect his results to ever improve enough to match his stuff.

– Chad Jennings discussed the Yankees’ early problems with bench production and hitting left-handed pitching.  Good to know some things never change.

– Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs evaluated Ronald Torreyes’ strange tool makeup and MLB potential with his KATOH system.

– On Friday, Alphonso of It Is High… worried that this year is already shaping up to be the same as last year.  Don’t lose that confidence!

– On Saturday, Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley took a look at Johnny Barbato’s stuff through the PITCHf/x microscope to show how it’s plenty good enough to stick in the show.

– On Sunday, Matt Imbrogno of RAB shone the spotlight on A-Rod’s early struggles against the fastball.  This is concerning only because we saw the exact opposite early on last year.

– On Monday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog investigated the trend of American League bullpens getting deeper and better and the impact that may be having on offensive production in the league. Continue reading Tuesday Morning Links: 4/19/16

Tuesday Morning Links: 4/12/16

The HR chick at my work is on vacation this week.  Before she left, she printed out a copy of the weather forecast for Riviera Maya for this week and taped it onto her office door as her way of letting everybody know she’ll be out of the office.  It’s the first thing I see when I turn the lights on in my section of the office in the morning and I honestly don’t know if I can make it through that emotional gut punch for the next 3 days.  It’s such a ruthless a-hole move that I can’t decide if I love it or hate it, but I respect the hell out of it.  Now onto the links.

– Last Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog laid out the 3 different scenarios that could play out this season depending on how healthy the Yankees stay.

– On Thursday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley looked back at the 5 longest home runs hit at the new Yankee Stadium before Carlos Correa’s shot off the restaurant.

– On Friday, Katie Sharp of RAB dished out her first serving of Yankeemetrics this year.  Mmmmmmm, metrics…

– On Monday, Austin Yamada of BP Bronx reviewed the recent bad history (and bad luck) of Yankee 1st round picks.

– David Schoenfield asked if the Twins’ season is already over after their 0-7 start.  I don’t know if it is yet, but it definitely will be when they get done playing the Yankees for the first time.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Wednesday, Stacey broke down Masahiro Tanaka’s Opening Day start.  I feel like we see 6+ innings of good ball today with the extra rest.

– On Thursday, I looked at the pitch location from Michael Pineda’s first start and the high concentration of 2-strike pitches that were located inside the strike zone.  More than anything else, he needs to start correcting that problem.

Have a good day, folks.  Shout out to my fellow cube monkeys out there.  Stay strong.

Continue reading Tuesday Morning Links: 4/12/16

Tuesday Morning Links: 4/5/16

It’s Opening Day… again!!  The weather report looks clear and cool today, so no worries about getting this one in.  Brett Gardner will be on the bench, the rest of the starting lineup is exactly as I predicted it, and today’s the day the Yankees break their scoreless streak against Dallas Keuchel and knock him around a little bit.  Now onto the links.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa previewed the season to come for the Yankee farm system.

– On Friday, Evan Halpine-Berger of BP Bronx previewed the projected SWB Triple-A roster.

– On Sunday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley looked back at some of the great Opening Days in Yankee history.

– William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog laid out his division-by-division 2016 predictions and I respect the hell out of the hustle.  I also hope his third bold prediction doesn’t come true because it would be really sad, but it probably will.

– On Monday, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweet Spot listed the most surprising roster selections across MLB’s Opening Day rosters. Continue reading Tuesday Morning Links: 4/5/16

Wednesday Morning Links: 3/30/16

Remember when the Yankees did the tandem starter thing with Phil Hughes and David Huff at the end of 2013?  Neither of them could be trusted to navigate a lineup more than 1.5 or 2 times, so Joe just started with one, got a few innings out of him, then brought in the next one to at least try to make it through 5 or 6.  Maybe he should think about trying that again with CC and Ivan Nova this year.  They’re both so inconsistent that it might be worth it to try if the rest of the pitching could be counted on for extra length when needed.  Eventually when rules and rosters expand in the future and everybody operates with a 6 or 7-man rotation, we’ll probably see every team do that as a way to minimize the potential damage caused by their weakest starters.  That’ll be fun.  Now onto the links.

– Last Wednesday, Mike Axisa previewed year 3 of Brian McCann’s Yankee tenure and wondered if it was time to start limiting his workload behind the plate.

– On Saturday, el duque of It Is High… commented on the frustrating unpredictability of Ivan Nova after his latest ST outing.

– On Sunday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley rattled off the long list of prospects who could contribute at the Major League level this season.

– On Tuesday, Stacey jumped into the time machine to look back at the 2006 Yankees for BP Bronx.

– Wally Matthews had Joe and Larry Rothschild’s thoughts on Tanaka after his uneven performance yesterday.  I’m sure no Yankee fans will overreact to this.

– Chad Jennings mused on how yesterday’s poor starts could influence the rotation decisions to open the season.

– Baseball Prospectus released its organizational farm system rankings today.  The Yankees come in at 16, up 5 spots from last year.  The post has links to every team’s top 10 and it’s all free.

From the IIATMS team:

– Last Thursday, I locked in my final Opening Day roster prediction.  Naturally Nick Goody went out there immediately after this and started giving up moonshots, so I’m already in midseason prediction form.

– I also commented on the night and day difference between Dellin Betances’ ST this year and last year and what that might mean for him when the games start to matter.

– On Monday, Stacey dissected CC Sabathia’s major home run problem from a couple different angles to see if it’s something that can be fixed this late in his career.

Have a good day, y’all.

Continue reading Wednesday Morning Links: 3/30/16

Tuesday Morning Links: 3/22/16

The Yankees and Mets play today after yesterday’s off-day and I don’t think the game is being broadcast anywhere.  I don’t get that.  I know it’s “only” Spring Training, but shouldn’t one of these team’s networks want to air this game?  It’s bizarro world stuff this spring when it comes to showing games or not.  I don’t understand it and I’m not sure I want to.  Onto the links.

– Last Thursday, Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley commented on Goose Gossage’s crotchety old white guy-ness and how it doesn’t help the game of baseball or its fanbase.

– On Friday, Nick Stellini of BP Bronx checked in on the rest of the AL East competition.  Really not looking forward to watching the players he named give the Yankees problems all season.

– On Sunday, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweet Spot dug into Robinson Cano’s regression and how it has knocked him off the top tier of MLB superstardom.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings had an interesting article on the Yankees’ strategy of letting some of their MiL pitchers work as starters to help improve their fastball command.  Good stuff from Gary Denbo explaining the logic in the decision.

– Mike Axisa previewed Starlin Castro’s debut Yankee season and highlighted the improvement in his hitting performance after he made some adjustments to his batting stance last year. Continue reading Tuesday Morning Links: 3/22/16

Thursday Morning Links: 3/17/16

If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, enjoy.  I’m a much bigger college basketball guy than wearing green stuff guy, so I’ll be day drinking and sweating out the UConn game this afternoon.  Here are the links:

– Last Thursday, in case you missed it, our own Stacey Gotsulias looked back at Jason Giambi’s 2005 season and all the ways it mirrored A-Rod’s 2015 season for Beyond The Box Score.

– On Sunday, Matt Imbrogno of RAB suggested ways the Yankees could manipulate the rotation to get Masahiro Tanaka more starts this season.  This is the first time I’ve seen this suggested, but I can’t argue with the idea of wanting to pitch your best starting pitcher as much as possible.

– On Monday, el duque of It Is High… wondered how much might change on the Yankees in the time Aroldis Chapman is away serving his suspension.

– On Tuesday, Harlan Spence of Pinstripe Alley considered Nathan Eovaldi’s contract extension case.  I think he’s a very good candidate and I think the Yankees are just waiting to see how his elbow holds up this season before moving forward.

– Andrew Marchand scored the early rounds in the CC Sabathia-Ivan Nova 5th rotation spot fight, assuming of course that there actually is a competition for the spot.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings searched for truth inside some of the Yankees’ early spring statements. Continue reading Thursday Morning Links: 3/17/16

Wednesday Morning Links: 3/9/16

I could probably write something pretty decent this morning.  I’m riding an incredible sleep hot streak, like 5 good nights in the last 6.  I’m awake, I’m alert, and I don’t even care that the office coffee is worse than usual.  But the cube monkey life is already calling, so here are some links.

– Last Friday, Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted pondered the “starter or swingman” options for Bryan Mitchell.

– On Saturday, Chad Jennings had thoughts from Joe and Carlos Beltran on Jorge Mateo’s hot start to spring camp.

– On Sunday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley cautioned Yankee fans to not expect much from Rob Refsnyder at third base.  That may seem a little harsh after Refsnyder’s first game there, but it’s a dose of reality that some fans probably need.

– On Monday, CC Sabathia wrote something for TPT detailing his battle with alcohol addiction and offseason rehab.  Definitely a must read if you haven’t already.

– David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot profiled the AL players who are heading into make-or-break seasons in 2016.  I think I would have picked a different Yankee than he did, but I can’t argue with his choice.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa detailed the things that need to happen for Luis Severino to take the next step in his sophomore season.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Monday, I emptied the mental draft box on my early Spring Training thoughts and musings.

– Stacey did an excellent piece breaking down how Michael Pineda’s profile as a strike thrower has worked against him in some regards.  Locating better with 2 strikes might be the most important thing in taking Pineda to the next level.  This was originally posted on the big mothership blogs, so you know it’s Grade A.

Continue reading Wednesday Morning Links: 3/9/16

Thursday Morning Links: 3/3/16

Hot lap around the Yankosphere.  Here we go.

– On Monday, Chad Jennings had an update on Rob Refsnyder’s early progress at third base.

– El duque of It Is High… wondered if Slade Heathcott will get another chance to produce at the MLB level this year or if the depth game will keep him down in SWB.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa looked at the recent trend of the Yankees moving prospects to new positions and how that has helped strengthen the farm system.

– Nick Stellini of BP Bronx listed the 5 full-season debut prospects to watch this season.

– On Wednesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley broke down the effects of the Chapman suspension on the ST bullpen competition.

From the IIATMS team:

– Last Friday, Stacey commented on the complete 180 in A-Rod coverage tone this spring.  It’s all love and positive vibes, baby.

– On Wednesday, I dished a few thoughts on the Chapman suspension.

Got another game coming up this afternoon against the Phillies.  Ivan Nova makes his 2016 debut and gets the 6th starter competition with Bryan Mitchell started.  Giddy up.

Continue reading Thursday Morning Links: 3/3/16