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.
- Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley dug into the contact trends that have helped turn around Carlos Beltran's offensive output over the last few months.
- On Friday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes had an interview with Zack Hample, the dude who caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit.
- William Juliano of The Captain's Blog dissected the team's widening home/road offensive splits. The bats have really gone cold away from YS3.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, Jason called out Kevin Kernan for his ludicrous article on Masahiro Tanaka's poor start.
- Matt did the same to Filip Bondy for his equally silly takes on Michael Pineda and the current state of the Yankees.
- On Tuesday, Kenny offered his take on the dude who caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit and is continuing to hold it hostage. FWIW, I completely agree with this take. Your 15 minutes are up, dude. Make your deal for the ball and let's move on.
- On Wednesday, Dom explained all the ways that Mike Leake would be a bad fit for the Yankees as a potential trade target and rotation upgrade.
- On Thursday, Stacey broke down Ivan Nova's sparkling return from TJS. Be honest, did anybody see that coming?
If you follow me on the Twitter, you know I had the good fortune to attend the Rolling Stones show in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. It was awesome. I went in with pretty high expectations and they managed to exceed them. It's truly incredible what these old guys can still do compared to bands much younger than them. There were a ton of personal favorites played (Cocaine Eyes, Sympathy, JJF, Midnight Rambler), but the highlight of the show for me was Buddy Guy coming out to jam with them and play "Champagne and Reefer". Somebody with slightly better seats than me put a pretty good version of it up, so here you go:
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.