Thursday Liftoff Links

MAINZ, GERMANY - JULY 20: Manuel Neuer (R) of Muenchen looks dejected with his team mates after receiving the first goal of Mainz during the LIGA total! Cup 3rd place match between FSV Mainz 05 and Bayern Muenchen at Coface Arena on July 20, 2011 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While Jose Altuve was preparing to take a Major League field i was putting together these links to help you get through the off-day.

 

 

Movin' on Up

Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: Interview with Jio Mier
AC has an update on Mier's knee injury and climb through the Astro farm system straight from the horses mouth.

Appy Astros: Altuve Cast A Big Shadow
Appy Astro with some recollections of Jose Altuve's time in Greeneville and beyond.


Let's Make a Deal

MLB Trade Deadline Buyers: AL Edition
Last time The Biz of Baseball looked at NL buyers now they take a look at the AL buyers.

Giants Upgrade Infield With Keppinger | FanGraphs Baseball
Tommy Rancel's take on the Jeff Keppinger trade. It appears the Giants will be utilizing him at the shortstop position.

Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: The First Domino Falls: Keppinger traded
AC's take on the trade that not only freed Jeff Keppinger but also Jose Altuve.



You Throw the Ball, I Catch the Ball

The Irrationality of Modern Bullpen Usage - Lone Star Ball
as illustrated by the Texas/Seattle game

New SIERA, Part Two (of Five): Unlocking Underrated Pitching Skills | FanGraphs Baseball
A look at SIERA and some of the interesting conclusions made.

Getting Friendly with Pitcher K% | FanGraphs Baseball
FanGraphs has recently made some changes to K% primarily using plate appearances instead of at bats to calculate K%. In this article Carson Cistulli shows us how to use K% in analysis.

Beyond the Box Score 2011 Catcher Defense Ratings: July Edition - Beyond the Box Score
They're back... Beyond the Box Score July 2011 catcher defense rankings. If you're a fan of Humberto Quintero don't look he's average at best. Surprisingly J.R. Towles is rated higher than Carlos Corporan although for Corporan a small sample size caveat can be attached.

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