Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/15/15

It’s a good thing the Rangers pulled it out the other night in Game 7.  Not because I no longer have to live with the personal disappointment and shame of knowing I missed my last opportunity to watch them this season, but because now I get the chance to wash my Rangers shirt before the next series.  I went no wash for the first 2 rounds and that made for some moderate funkiness during the last few games of the Caps series.  Fresh wash tonight, clean start for the ECF tomorrow.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley mused on the need for Jorge Posada to get over himself.  I would have loved to see the version of this that came out today after the rest of Jorge’s nonsense this week.

– On Wednesday, Katie Sharp of RAB dug into Carlos Beltran’s offensive turnaround this month to see how legitimate it’s been.

– El duque of It Is High… declared the Rob Refsnyder countdown clock officially started, and who am I to argue with him?…

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Coming Soon: The IIATMS Podcast Strikes Back

That’s right, folks. Stacey, EJ, and I will be back in your ears and in your hearts in the not-so-distant future. We are hoping to record this coming Monday – and we need your help.

With so much time having passed since the last time we recorded, there is a significant amount of ground that needs to be covered. We’ve had streaks of the winning and losing variety, injuries aplenty, and a slew of surprising performances (good and bad), and we want to tackle as much of it as possible. Instead of jumping right in, however, we’re asking our loyal readers and listeners to chip in with questions, all of which we shall do our best to answer. That way, we can distill our thoughts into a semi-coherent, quasi-linear fashion.

If you would like to contribute (and become very famous), you can submit your questions in three ways:
1. Right here, in this very post, in the comments section;
2. Via e-mail, at; and/or

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Can Chris Capuano Be Trusted?

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswill/NY Post

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswill/NY Post

After yesterday’s unfortunate elbow injury to Chase Whitley, his spot in the rotation will be taken by Chris Capuano. I felt like Whitley would keep his spot and Adam Warren would be moved to the bullpen to help a struggling middle relief corps. Warren made that decision difficult after a very good outing on Wednesday, but now the Whitley injury made the decision easy. Although, I really don’t know why Capuano was guaranteed a spot over either of them to begin with.

Capuano did a decent job for the Yankees when they brought him in from Boston last season when they were desperate for starting pitching after an avalanche of injures. He went 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and a 3.85 FIP. Capuano was mostly a six-inning pitcher, as he never completed a full seven innings in his 12 starts for the Yankees. Unfortunately, the Yankees seem to have too many of those kind of guys right now.…

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Prospect Profile: Jacob Lindgren

jlindgrenJacob Stephen Lindgren
Born: March 12, 1993, Biloxi, Mississippi
Height: 5’11
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Position: Relief Pitcher

Even though it has been a couple years since I consistently wrote prospect profiles, by and large the players on the upper level rosters are very familiar to me. Jacob Lindgren, a relief pitcher with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, would be one of the exceptions. Having been drafted out of Mississippi State by the Yankees in 2014, Lindgren has shot through the Yankees’ farm system and appears to be on the cusp of making his major league debut.

Lindgren was taken by the Yankees with their first pick of the 2014 draft, however, he was taken in the second round – the 55th overall pick. The southpaw began as a starter in college, taking Mississippi State to the College World Series, but in 2014 he started coming out of the bullpen. Quickly becoming one of the most dominant relievers in college baseball, Lindgren didn’t slow down after signing with the Yankees, making appearances with four Yankees minor league affiliates last year.…

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Thoughts after a bad series in Tampa (and a story about Michael Kay)

Let's get ready to rumble!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

I’m going to do this week’s installment of the random thoughts post slightly different. Instead of bullet points, I’m writing blurbs and/or sentences. And it’s not completely random. There’s a long story thrown in there.



Okay, so that series should have and could have been better. If you start off two games with 2-0 leads, you should probably win both games. But the Yankees didn’t do that and now, not only did they lose three out of four to Tampa but poor Chase Whitley probably wrecked his elbow because he was trying to pitch through an injury. Kids, that is never a good idea.

The series was a sh*tshow.


Okay, it ran into the kitchen and I took that as my cue to run upstairs.…

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Game 36 Quick Recap: TB 6 NYY 1

The less said about this game the better.  Chase Whitley didn’t look good and didn’t last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury.  Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights.

The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez.  When I say I’ve never heard of this dude, I’m not kidding.  He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I’ve never heard of for another 4.  They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th.  You can’t put enough lipstick on that pig.

It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series.  No doubt about that.  The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too.  …

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Game 36: Whitley vs. Ramirez

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Steven Souza, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B James Loney, 1B
Brian McCann, C Logan Forsythe, 2B
Chris Young, RF David DeJesus, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Joey Butler, DH
Jose Pirela, 2B Rene Rivera, C
Chase Whitley, SP Erasmo Ramirez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Flashback: May 14, 1996

Dwight Gooden threw a no-hitter 19 years ago today.

I attended that game with my dad and my brother and it was amazing to see something like that in person. It felt like watching a movie and almost didn’t seem real.

Leave your memories of the game in the comments, if you’re actually old enough to remember that night (ha ha).

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Jorge Posada Belatedly Declares Jorge Posada the 2003 MVP!

CBS Sports

CBS Sports

Did a steroid-addled pre-redemption Alex Rodriguez steal Jorge Posada‘s 2003 MVP award? Jorge said so, or at least implied it in a rambling tirade:

“The only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex won the MVP and, you know, I think second, either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there,” Posada said. “You know what could have happened if, you know it’s tough.”

All respect to Jorge, whom I still like a lot – but there’s no way he was the best in the league in 2003, with or without A-Rod’s pharmaceutical adventures.

Posada had a great 2003, his best year by WAR – 5.9, a level that’s usually not best-in-league, and was fifth among position players, but is as good as that of many MVPs. Posada’s offensive WAR was actually 0.4 better in 2007 than 2003, but the defensive WAR stats comport with what we all remember: by age 35, his defense had declined badly.…

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