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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Quick Hit: How Active Will Yankees Be At Trade Deadline?

It’s almost July, so that means the MLB trading season will be kicking into high gear soon. We have heard a few Yankees rumors already with them scouting Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake extensively, and Joel Sherman speculating they might have interest in Jeff Samardzija.

The Yankees are in contention in both the AL East and wild card races, so they will be involved in many rumors as usual. Despite that, I really do not see them being that active this year. The only place the Yankees can add to their lineup is second base. They’re not going to upgrade at any other starting position, and they are pretty set on the bench as well. Besides Ben Zobrist — who will be in very high demand — what other good second basemen will be available? The Yankees offense has been among the best in baseball anyways, although it would be nice if they could be more consistent on the road.…

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About Last Night: Joe West is the worst

Last night’s home plate umpire Joe West really likes the low strike.

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He also helped out Astros starter Dallas Keuchel a bit last night.

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Sure, Keuchel pitched a good game against the Yankees’ C+ lineup, but you would pitch a good game if the home plate ump was making calls in your favor. In some cases, calls that completely changed the complexion of an at bat:

Mark Teixeira wasn’t too happy about it:

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Game 73 Recap: Astros 4 Yankees 0

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Yankee manager Joe Girardi applauds Joe West for an excellent called strike 3 during last night’s game. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees did end up 5-3 on their latest homestand, which is pretty damn good when you consider that 3-game stretch of butt kickings they took.  They were out in Texas to take on the Astros last night, and Joe decided it would be the perfect opportunity to rest a bunch of hot hitters and play his B-squad against Dallas Keuchel.  Almost impossible to think that that strategy wouldn’t work out.

The game got off to a very ominous start for the undermanned offense.  Leadoff hitter Chris Young (not a typo) singled to open things up, and the next 3 hitters (Headley, A-Rod, Teix) struck out in succession to end the frame.  That was bad enough on its own, but the strike 3 calls on Alex and Teix by home plate umpire Joe West were bogus.  So Keuchel had his A-game working and Joe West was going to make sure the game was another episode of The Joe West Show.  …

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Game 73: Warren vs. Keuchel

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Houston Astros
Chris Young, CF George Springer, RF
Chase Headley, 3B Carlos Correa, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Luis Valbuena, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Evan Gattis, DH
Jose Pirela, LF Colby Rasmus, CF
John Ryan Murphy, C Preston Tucker, LF
Stephen Drew, SS Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Gregorio Petit, 2B Jason Castro, C
Adam Warren, SP Dallas Keuchel, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Andy Pettitte is being a tease

About Yesterday Afternoon: Super Nova

Ivan Nova had himself a day yesterday.

In his big return to the Yankees, he outpitched Cole Hamels, lasted until the seventh inning and helped the Yankees snap a three-game losing streak.

Here’s how he did it:

He threw 92 pitches.

  • Fastball: Avg 93.9/Max 96.0 – 48 thrown
  • Sinker: Avg 93.5/Max 95.2 – 15 thrown
  • Changeup: Avg 86.5/Max 88.1 – 10 thrown
  • Curveball: Avg 79.5/Max 82.4 – 19 thrown

Here’s how fast he threw them in graph form:
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Here’s where he threw them:
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This resulted in him only surrendering three hits:
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  • His final line was six 2/3 innings, three hits, no runs (unearned or earned), two walks and one strikeout.
  • He induced six groundouts and nine fly outs.
  • He threw 51 strikes.

Pitches by inning:

    1. 1st – 14
    2. 2nd – 9
    3. 3rd – 23
    4. 4th – 9
    5. 5th – 15
    6. 6th – 8
    7. 7th – 14 (he left with two outs)

Nova’s first three outs of the day came via fly out.…

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