HYYYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE batch of links this week. A really good mix too, all kinds of different topics. Let's not waste any more time getting to them. - On Monday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog analyzed the declining attendance trends at Yankee Stadium and what they might mean for the future of the Steinbrenners' precious bottom line.
- On Tuesday, Katie Sharp of RAB broke down Chasen Shreve's splitter, the pitch he's used to drive his success and a pitch that's been almost literally unhittable this year.
- el duque of It Is High... weighed in on the "now or never"-ness of Rob Refsnyder's situation and made a bold prediction on what to expect soon.
- On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes sized up the Milwaukee Brewers as potential trade partners.
- Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted touched on the pre-deadline boost the lineup and bullpen will receive with the returns of Ellsbury and Miller.
- On Thursday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits rehashed the Stephen Drew situation and what the Yankees could, should, and need to do to remove him from the starting lineup.
- Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley investigated Didi Gregorius' continuing positive hitting trend to find the source of the improvement.
- David Schoenfield of ESPN's SweetSpot looked back at the 2002 All-Star Game and the bizarre way in which it ended up being called a tie in extra innings. In all honesty, I'd rather have that than have it decide WS homefield.
- On Friday, Mike Zacchio of LoHud set the stage for this weekend's Yanks-Sox series. Always tough to predict which version of which team you'll get.
- Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx discussed Andrew Miller's tendency to get hitters to chase, and whiff, on pitches outside of the strike zone. Guess that's a good skill to have as a shutdown closer.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, Scott dished his firsthand scouting report on Domingo Acevedo, exciting SS Staten Island pitching prospect.
- On Tuesday, Stacey commented on the positive local reaction to A-Rod's ASG snub. I know I expected more "shame shame, steroids" stuff than actual support.
- On Wednesday, William delved into the pace-of-play numbers in MLB's first year of the new rules. He goes deeper than that too, from game pace to individual player paces.
- I attempted to justify Joe's decision to pull Nathan Eovaldi from the standpoint of playing the statistical odds and playing to win the game.
- On Thursday, Dom checked in with a slew of former Yankees to see how they're fairing in 2015.
This week's Friday jam popped up on my iPod on the way home from work yesterday. I had completely forgotten about it. Shame on me.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.