Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/7/15

AND WE'RE BACK!!! With no trade deadline to muck up the plans, we're back to the regularly scheduled weekly linkaround this week.  Also I'm really excited for this weekend's series.  It's going to be so sweet when the Yanks take 2 of 3.  Now onto the links.

- On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down the changes made by Nathan Eovaldi and Brendan Ryan to help their respective games.

- On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY talked to Garrett Jones about his quick return to the Yankees after the Dustin Ackley injury.

- Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx updated his top 15 Yankee prospects list.

- On Thursday, el duque of It Is High... touched on the importance for the Yankees to learn something from Wednesday night that can help them against R.A. Dickey this weekend.  They looked ugly against the knuckler the other night.

- Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley analyzed the changes Carlos Beltran made to his approach that helped turn his season around offensively.

- Chad Jennings of LoHud examined the recent disappearance of base stealing from the Yankees' offensive game.

- On Friday, SG of RLYW looked at the potential implications of this weekend's series as it relates to postseason odds and the division race proejctions.

- Enos Sarris of FanGraphs used Luis Severino's debut to identify evidence of nerves and extra adrenaline factoring into performance.  Totally understandable for a 21-year-old, but interesting to see it connected to analytics.

From the IIATMS team:

- On Monday, Tamar looked back at the month of July for the top levels of the farm system.

- On Tuesday, I made Mark Teixeira's case for American League MVP, you know, if there was an alternate universe where Mike Trout didn't exist.

- On Wednesday, William mused on expectations for Luis Severino and what his debut meant for a team that hadn't made a move like this in the midst of a pennant race in a while.

- On Thursday, Stacey broke down Severino's debut by the numbers, the pitch plots, and the hot zones.

- On Friday, Stacey looked at the Yankees' weak recent history against knuckleballers.  Yeesh.

I was hoping to play my favorite track from the surprise new Dr. Dre album that came out today, but in all honesty, the album sucks.  It doesn't hold a candle to classic Dre.  It doesn't even go to the gas station to buy the lighter to light the candle that needs to be held.  Really disappointing.

Instead let's listen to some Gorillaz.  I didn't care much for their stuff after it, but that first album is gold.  I can still listen to it beginning to end and enjoy it today.  Got a little bit of everything.

Enjoy your weekends, everybody.