Shorter than usual linkaround this week thanks to more than a few early nights in bed. The kid's tired, people. Burning the wick at both ends and trying to keep up with a regular season writing schedule can do that to ya. But what this Palooza lacks in quantity, it definitely makes up for in quality. Now onto the links!
- On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog looked at Joe's early lineup juggling and how it stacks up historically to some of the other instances of high lineup tinkering in team history.
- Dan Hickey of Bronx Pinstripes had a little fun with weird names and put together the all-time best name team in Yankee history.
- On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits pointed out another trend in Phil Hughes' pitching breakdowns that could explain his recent turnaround. Fastballs for strikes and offspeed for out pitches, who knew?!
- Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily interviewed Low-A prospect Greg Bird, who's making the transition from catcher to full-time first baseman this season. Bird was on the list of guys who just missed the cut for this year's AB4AR Top 30.
- Martin Riggs of NoMaas displayed some statistical trends in groovy chart form to attempt to further temper the growing concerns about CC Sabathia's fastball velocity.
- On Thursday, Mike Axisa of RAB found some troubling offensive trends in the team's recent 6-game road trip, trends that fit the original description of this "weak" lineup.
- El duque of It Is High... made an astute observation about Ichiro's unwillingness to take walks and the crippling effect it's having on his offensive value.
- Mike Eder of IIATMS/TYA looked at Ichiro's poor start another way, from the bat speed standpoint, to see if that was part of the problem. A slow bat-no take combination would not be fun next season.
- On Friday, Jason Cohen of Pinstriped Bible examined Eduardo Nunez's dreadful start to the season. Nunez needs to get it going now that Jeter is out 'til the ASB.
- Bryan Van Dusen of The Greedy Pinstripes commented on the latest rumors about the abandonment of the austerity plan and what the causes might be.
This week's Friday Jam is one of the better Metallica cover performances IMHO, "Stone Cold Crazy." I was pretty close to losing it yesterday afternoon after an especially shitty week at the office, and after relaxing and cooling off at our weekly post-work basketball game this was the song playing on the radio when I got in my car. Made me laugh.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.