Cubs over Mets in 7, Blue Jays over Royals in 6. Let's get to the links. - On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog looked at the staggering increase in home runs and runs scored as the result of home runs this postseason. Guess you can hit home runs and succeed. Who knew?
- Ben Lindbergh of Grantland analyzed managerial bullpen moves and came up with a few ways to measure who the best and worst decision makers are. It's a really cool read, but all you need to know for this blog's purposes is that Joe Girardi is the best in the business according to these metrics.
- On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB made a very compelling case for why the Yankees should go after Jason Heyward this offseason.
- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the season for the gaggle of Triple-A relievers that were shuttled up and down. It was mostly disappointing.
- El duque of It Is High... lamented the lost opportunity to sign Jorge Soler and worried that we'd be saying the same thing about Yoan Moncada in a few years.
- On Thursday, Chris Carelli asked if Jacoby Ellsbury's deal has already turned into an albatross. If this season was a sign of declining skills and not all injuries, the answer is a resounding yes.
- Chad Jennings of LoHud listed the early roster management decisions the Yankees will have to make soon.
- Wally Matthews of ESPN NY wondered what kind of approach the Yanks would take in this year's free agent market.
- On Friday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx broke down Didi Gregorius' 2-strike performance and noted how much he likes to get aggressive and swing the bat in that situation.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Tuesday, I discussed the idea that Joe needs to fix his relationship with Jacoby Ellsbury after benching him in the WC game and how foolish a narrative it is.
- Dom surveyed the upcoming free agent market at second base, a position the Yankees need to figure out again and have plenty of different routes they could take to do so.
- On Thursday, Dom tallied up our staff votes and released the official IIATMS 2015 MLB awards ballot. I think I was the only person who voted Donaldson for MVP.
Feels like a Weezer kind of day today.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.