Passing along a few good reads from this week:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.