October is back, longsleeve weather is back, October baseball is back! It's all good in the hood on this Friday afternoon. Missed the Palooza last Friday because I was busy duck boating around in enemy territory, but we're back this week and we've got a solid batch of links. Let's get right to it. - On Tuesday, SG of RLYW had an absolutely BRUTAL stat to sum up Jacoby Ellsbury's season.
- Owen Watson of JABO broke down Ellsbury's season pre- and post-injury. Doesn't spell great things for the postseason.
- El duque of It Is High... warned of the eventual Red Sox return to competitiveness, which could be coming too. Good thing the Yankees have a good crop of young players coming up now too.
- On Wednesday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley gathered up the candidates for best Yankee moment of the season. Totally unbiased, #ARod3K all the way.
- Mike Axisa of RAB put together his version of the WC game pitching staff. Just remember when you're comparing, he picked Capuano. I did not.
- On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud detailed Chasen Shreve's recent struggles and got Shreve's thoughts on turning things around.
- On Friday, Ben Diamond of BP Bronx examined how the Yankees can score more runs simply by running more and not letting their lack of team speed stop them from running.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, I looked at the beginnings of a change in Luis Severino's approach. If this is real, it could serve him well in the postseason.
- On Wednesday, William discussed the change in home field advantage the Yanks have been experiencing this season and recently.
- On Thursday, Dom went back through his history of shadow drafting for the Yankees. Really fun read if you're a big draft person.
- On Friday, Stacey called out all the party poopers complaining about the Yankees celebrating making the postseason. And she's right too. Worry about your own team, haters. Get off our block. And if you are a Yankee fan and you feel this way, then you're the wrong type of fan.
I used to have "Here Come The Yankees" in heavy rotation on the blog and it dawned on me that I haven't played it in a while. Today seems like as good a day as any to dust it off and get it back in the mix now that they're back in the playoffs. Here come the Yankees indeed.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.