Sunday Links: Betances, Eovaldi, Nutrition, Service Time, and Lee

Passing along a few good reads from this week:

Fangraphs | Dellin Betances, Dominant and Deceptive by Owen Watson

We all know that Dellin Betances has some nasty stuff. His fastball can tough the upper-90s, and his breaking ball is prone to jelly-legging opposing hitters. But it’s more than just the pure stuff he offers — Dellin’s delivery also makes it impossible for the batter to get a read on what pitch is coming.

IIATMS | Nathan Eovaldi’s putaway problem by Katie Sharp

Any pitcher that can push triple-digits on the radar gun is usually someone that also racks up the strikeouts. That’s not the case for the Nathan Eovaldi, though. Sharp takes a look at why Eovaldi has struggled to finish off hitters in his career, and how he might be able to remedy it.

New York Times | Yankees’ Pinstripes May Be Slimming, but a Nutritionist Helps by David Waldstein

Eat good feel good, right? That’s the approach the Yankees are taking with newly hired nutritionist Cynthia Sass. And it makes perfect sense; encouraging better choices should keep the players better fueled and in better shape.

Fangraphs| It’s Time to Fix Baseball’s Broken Service Time System by Mike Petriello

Petriello discusses the situation between the Cubs and uber-prospect Kris Bryant, in which the team stands to gain an extra year of control if they keep the seemingly ready Bryant out of the majors for a couple of weeks. It’s a tough pill to swallow for Bryant, as he’ll have to wait an extra year to reach free agency and get a big payday, but there’s no doubt manipulating his service time stands to benefit the Cubs. Anyway, Petriello proposes how he’d try to fix this strategy that seems to happen to a couple of promising minor leaguers yearly.

River Ave. Blues | Yankees avoid ugly years of Cliff Lee, but missed out when he could have made a big difference by Mike Axisa

It’s not often that the Yankees don’t get their guy, but Cliff Lee proved to be one of the elusive few. Axisa takes a look at those times the Yankees were oh so close to acquiring the left hander, and how although the team turned out lucky to avoid his recent injuries, there were a few instances that he still could have changed the Yankees’ postseason fortunes.

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