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?
- Chad Jennings of LoHud had the latest information on Ivan Nova's TJS rehab. Sounds like everything is going as well as it could be.
- On Thursday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx pointed out a notable trend in the Yankees' starting rotation- the high percentage of sliders they throw. Shout out to friend of the blog Professor Longnose for the heads up on this one.
- On Friday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com profiled the dynamic bullpen duo of Betances and Miller, everything from their personalities to their pitching styles to their insanely good combined season stats.
- Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted did some early evaluation of the offseason trades now that there are some sample sizes of substance.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Tuesday, I discussed the simple and straightforward approach the top of the order had been taking to generate runs. The team stopped hitting after this, so take that however you want.
- On Wednesday, William touched on the topic of early overworking concerns for some of the team's relief pitchers.
- EJ rejoined the blogging fray with a cool piece on the University of Texas' old split-level baseball field. Truly weird, wild stuff.
- On Thursday, Scott dissected the flaws in Jorge Posada's logic in thinking he should have been the 2003 AL MVP.
- On Friday, Stacey recapped her fun night going to Twitter war with Michael Kay, who was dishing out piping hot takes left and right last night.
- Tamar profiled top relief pitching prospect Jacob Lindgren, who's seemingly been on the cusp of a call up since the start of the season.
Going to the guilty pleasure file for today's jam. I used to have such a crush on Aaliyah back on the day. HYUUUUUUUUUUGE crush. Part of that crush was based on the fact that I actually liked a lot of her songs, or maybe it was the other way around. One was definitely feeding the other, and to this day I can't stop my toes from tapping anytime an Aaliyah song comes on. I don't feel like I should have to call her a guilty pleasure, because that tag is usually reserved for crappy music, but if we're calling it that then this is easily a top 3 personal guilty pleasure.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody. And make sure you get in the comments of Dom's post to give us some podcasting ideas or tweet at any of us if you're into that whole scene.