Lots of great stuff around the interwebs today, but there’s only so many hours in the day. Here’s some items we didn’t get a chance to post about…
- Mike Ashmore posted part one of his interview with scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. There’s a very interesting quote in there about the team preferring to see their prospects deal with failure in Double-A rather than the bigs, which obviously makes sense. I do wonder how that applied to Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain though, because those guys didn’t experience an iota of failure until they got to the Bronx. Also, I really hope we one day get coverage of High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston like we have with Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, and Short Season Staten Island. Ashmore, Chad Jennings, and Robert Pimpsner have spoiled me rotten.
- So as it turns out, Alex Rodriguez has been working with Kevin Long to “widen his stance and generate more power to help him center the ball and make better contact.” Considering how he’s been hitting, I’d say it’s working.
- Tyler Kepner looks ahead to a possible Yanks-Tigers ALDS matchup, and notes that this year’s club is in a better position for October than the 2006 team that fell to Detroit. The biggest difference for me? A strikeout staff. Pitching to contact doesn’t work so well when you’re in a two on, none out jam against a good team.
- RAB regular leokitty took a look at how the Yanks’ ERA and FIP have matched up throughout the season. You can see that once the bullpen stabilized in June, everything just fell into place.
- Fack Youk examined the Pitch FX date for Andy Pettitte‘s start last night, and it turns out the lefty was working with a rather favorable strikezone.
- I like WAR. I like pie. Therefore, I like WAR pie.
- We all love prospects, and some of us actually like hockey. So for us Ranger fans out there, here’s the club’s top prospects for the 2009-2010 seasons.