Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

Author Archives: Brad Vietrogoski

Quick Hit: Tanaka Returns To The Mound

Masahiro Tanaka took another important step towards coming back from his UCL tear today when he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session.  It was the first time he stepped back on a mound since his last start.  He had spent the last week or so throwing on flat ground.

The 25 pitches were all fastballs and Tanaka said he wasn’t throwing at 100% effort, but he said he felt good after and “I think we’re heading in the right direction.”  No word yet on when his next session will be, but the plan is for him to throw some offspeed pitches then.  While the timetable for his return is still yet to be determined, both he and the team have said they want him to come back and pitch this season if he can.  So far so good on this rest and rehab plan.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/15/14

I’m off to DC until Monday night.  Here’s a quick trip around the week that was in the Yankosphere.

- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas pointed out the piddly low offensive WAR numbers the Yankees continue to churn out while guys like Refsnyder and Roller stay put in Triple-A.

- Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits ran the comp numbers to see what kind of player Bryan Mitchell could turn into as a Major Leaguer.

- On Tuesday, David Schoenfield of Sweet Spot investigated the possible disappearance of well-rounded outfielders.

- On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes criticized Joe’s bullpen management strategy this season, specifically the way it seems to be mirroring the former Joe’s strategy.

- Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the possibility of prospects Greg Bird and Tyler Austin breaking into the show in the near future because of a growing need at first base.

- On Thursday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley discussed the differently disappointing endings to Mo and Jeter’s careers.

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Thursday Morning Musings: 8/14/14

You know, I always say I miss having YES and access to almost every televised Yankee game out here in Wisconsin.  For the last few seasons, I’ve almost caved and upgraded to a real cable package with MLB Extra Innings to be able to watch more games.  Today I feel really glad that I haven’t done that because I don’t think I would be a very enjoyable person to be around if I had the ability to watch the last 2 season’s worth of games.  Boring and bad baseball.  Not a fun combination.

- I haven’t put on my “bullpen decision overreacting” hat in a while, so I’m going to get a couple in from last night’s game.  First, I didn’t understand the move to pull Pineda.  Yes, I know he gave up a few hard-hit balls in the 5th, I know his velocity was dropping, I know he’s coming back from 4 months off.  I get why the move made sense.  …

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Game 119 Recap: Orioles 5 Yankees 3

For the early part of tonight’s game, the story was Michael Pineda.  He was back, he looked really good, and he was mowing down the Baltimore lineup.  Then the Yankee lineup did its usual disappearing act, Joe made a couple of questionable decisions, and the bullpen gagged away another late lead.

To call Pineda “really good” as I did above was an understatement for the first 4 innings.  Pineda was perfect.  12 up, 12 down, 45 pitches to do so, and 4 strikeouts.  He had everything working.  4-seamers and cutters in the low 90s, lotta early strikes, swing-and-miss slider.  He wasn’t going to his changeup much, but he didn’t really need it to be effective the first 2 times through the order.

The Yankees scored 3 runs in the game and had 6 hits as a team.  2 of the runs and half the hits came in the top of the 3rd, when Stephen Drew doubled with 1 out and Francisco Cervelli smoked a 2-run home run off Chris Tillman on a 3-2 curveball.  …

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Quick Hit: The Rebirth Of ManBan

Way back after the end of last season, I wrote a post hypothesizing and somewhat advocating for the idea of Manny Banuelos being a contender for a Major League rotation spot this year.  I knew the team was going to play it extra safe with him and they have, but I also knew that there was going to be a need for starting pitching at some point.  My rationale was that if Banuelos was healthy and stretched out, he was just as good a fill-in candidate as anybody else.

For the better part of this season, his first back from TJS, ManBan has been neither stretched out, healthy, nor very good.  Many of his early-season starts were limited to no more than 3 innings and he missed chunks of time in May and late June with blister problems and shoulder fatigue.  He went through a 4-game stretch in which he gave up 12 ER and walked 6 in 8.2 innings pitched after coming back from the shoulder-related time off.  …

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A Refresher Course On Michael Pineda

Pineda vs CHC

Courtesy of Getty Images

It’s been almost 4 months since Michael Pineda pitched for the Yankees.  16 weeks exactly.  111 days.  That’s a pretty long time, and with his Yankee career up to this point consisting of only the 4 starts he made this earlier season, it raises or re-raises a lot of questions about what we can expect from him tonight and for the remainder of the season.  What kind of velocity will he have on his fastball?  Will he be able to sustain it?  How sharp will his slider be?  How will his command be?  How many pitches/innings will Joe let him throw?  How many will he be able to throw?  Will he get hurt again?  It’s not a short list.

In an attempt to answer or bare minimum be better prepared to answer those questions, let’s take a look back at Pineda’s 4 games in April and revisit what he did in his only meaningful time as a member of the New York Yankees.…

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Wednesday Morning Food For Thought: Hirok Skip A Cause For Concern?

The big story to come out of last night’s rain-related postponement was Michael Pineda‘s return staying on schedule.  Rather than push everybody back in the rotation a day, the Yankees elected to keep Pineda slated for tonight’s start and moved Shane Greene back a few days to Saturday.  That sets up Brandon McCarthy, Greene, and Chris Capuano for the weekend series against Tampa Bay.

The smaller, but not insignificant, part of that story is Greene taking Hiroki Kuroda‘s spot in the rotation while Kuroda gets bumped back to Tuesday against the Astros.  Cash was quick to let it be known that the decision is not due to injury, but did tell Mark Feinsand that the team feels “he would benefit from the rest.”

Well what does that mean?  Is Hirok tired?  Did he say something to somebody after his last start?  Is there some kind of smaller injury that the team doesn’t want to disclose?  Those 2 declarations made back-to-back makes the situation seem sketchier than it needs to be.  …

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Tonight’s Game Rained Out, No Makeup Date Announced (UPDATED)

The Orioles made it official about a half hour ago.  Tonight’s second game of this early-week series has been postponed due to rain.  The weather in Baltimore is horrible right now, like flash flood warning bad, and is not expected to let up until much later tonight, so chances of getting the game in this evening were already slim to none.

No makeup date has been officially announced yet by either team or MLB, but word around the Twittersphere is that September 12th looks like the most likely date as part of a doubleheader.  The Yankees have also not announced how this postponement will affect their rotation plans for the rest of the week.  Shane Greene was scheduled to start tonight with Michael Pineda expected to be activated off the DL and follow him tomorrow.  More on these parts of the story to come…

** UPDATE 5:26 PM- Via Meredith Marakovits, The Yanks have announced that they will keep Pineda scheduled to pitch tomorrow.  

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Just A Friendly Reminder, Boys…

It’s simple physics.  Don’t think too much, don’t swing too hard, don’t even try to really do too much.  Just calculate the velocity, V, in relation to the trajectory, T, in which G, gravity, of course remains a constant, and you’ll be out of this slump in no time.

P.S.- I couldn’t go back and find it, but I’ve definitely used that clip before on AB4AR and I’m pretty sure the Yanks turned it around after that.  So when the offense breaks out for 8 runs tonight and they win the next 2 games, you’re welcome.

P.P.S.- Look at Jeter’s hair there.  Now look at it today.  How are we not talking about that more?

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