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.

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Tuesday Morning Musings On The Day Of The AL Wild Card Game

The Yankees will play their first postseason game since October 18, 2012 tonight, hosting the Houston Astros at The Stadium in the American League Wild Card game.  For an organization with the Yankees’ history that has failed to reach the postseason the previous 2 years, I feel like that should be a bigger deal, but the Yankees have seemingly been written off heading into this game.  They staggered to the finish of the regular season, losing 6 of 7 and needing a Houston loss to secure the home field advantage for this game.  Then they got hit with the weight of yesterday’s announcement by CC Sabathia that he will be entering rehab for alcohol abuse immediately and will not be pitching in the postseason.

It’s not the happy place I remember it being when the Bombers were in the dance, but it is the postseason in Yankeeland and that’s always a good thing in my book.  With the game a little less than 14 hours away as of me writing this sentence, let’s talk about some stuff heading into the game.…

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Game 162 Quick Recap: BAL 9 NYY 4

Joe vs BAL

Better figure out some magic for Tuesday night, sparky. Courtesy of Getty Images

I have neither the time nor the inclination to recap this game in full detail.  I have to spend the next 2 days convincing myself that the Yankees aren’t going to get shut out 6-0 at home on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

Michael Pineda puked on his shoes today in his final 2015 regular season start.  Didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.  Finishes the year with a 4.37 ERA.  That’s pretty terrible when you consider where he was at before the ASB.

Carlos Beltran went 3-3 with a walk today and Greg Bird, Dustin Ackley, and Didi Gregorius all had 2 hits.  I’d bat them 1-4 in some order on Tuesday.

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-10 with 3 Ks combined.  I’d bat them 7th and 9th respectively.

Chris Capuano sucks, Bryan Mitchell sucks, Caleb Cotham is pretty bad, and James Pazos is nothing special.  …

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Game 161 Quick Recap: BAL 4 NYY 3

Whatever.  I didn’t want home field advantage for the WC game anyway.  The Yankees followed up yesterday afternoon’s loss by completing the wrong side of the sweep in the nightcap and dropping both games to the Orioles.  They’ve lost 5 of 6 and 8 of 13 as they stumble into the postseason.

Can’t put this one on Luis Severino.  He gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold on the second pitch of the game and got into big trouble in the bottom of the 1st, but he held that damage at 2 runs and settled down quickly to turn in a pretty good start.  Manny Machado bopped a solo shot off him in the 3rd for Baltimore’s third run, then Severino worked the next 4 innings efficiently and scorelessly to keep his team in the game.

The Yankees battled back from the early deficits with a Didi Gregorius sac fly in the 2nd and a big rally against Ubaldo Jimenez in the top of the 5th.  …

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Game 161: The Nightcap (Severino vs. Jimenez)

The Yankees got whooped in the day part of this Saturday doubleheader with their C team.  I’d say they’ve got the B- team out for the nightcap to support Luis Severino tonight, and that’s being a tad generous.

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Dustin Ackley- LF
3) Carlos Beltran- DH
4) Brian McCann- C
5) Greg Bird- 1B
6) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
7) Didi Gregorius- SS
8) Slade Heathcott- RF
9) Brendan Ryan- 3B

Double duty for Refs and Ryan, Greg Bird hitting in an important spot, and the bullpen hosses all available and in need of at least 1 quick tuneup outing before Tuesday night.  This is the game to get it done if the Yankees want to end the home field drama before tomorrow.  First pitch coming up at or around 7:05 local time, this is your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!

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Game 160 Quick Recap: BAL 9 NYY 2

This one wasn’t pretty.  Not that you would or should have expected it to be with the lineup Joe put out there and Ivan Nova on the mound.  Oh well, guess we’re just going to have to wait until later tonight to clinch that Wild Card home field.

Nova was about as sterotypically Nova as he was in his last outing.  Threw a lot of pitches, gave up a lot of hits, and got burned by home runs on horribly located pitches.  The Orioles got him for a run in the bottom of the 1st on a GIDP after the first 2 batters of the inning singled, another in the 3rd on a ribbie groundout after he hit a batter and Gerardo Parra doubled, and the last in the 5th when Manny Machado finally stopped hitting ground balls and homered off him,  Nova created all his own trouble and wasn’t consistently good enough to get out of all of it.  Nova 101 really.…

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Game 160: Nova vs. Chen

It’s so awesome that the Yankees get to play a day-night doubleheader on the final weekend of the regular season.  No really, I mean it, it’s greeeeeaaaaaaaat.  They’ll start the festivities in Baltimore this afternoon with Ivan Nova on the mound and a righty-heavy lineup behind him to counter left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.  This will be the fifth time the Yankees have faced Ched this year, and they knocked him around pretty good the last time in an 8-6 win on September 7th.  Here’s the Yankees’ starting lineup:

1) Brett Gardner- CF
2) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Chris Young- LF
5) Chase Headley- 1B
6) John Ryan Murphy- C
7) Jose Pirela- RF
8) Austin Romine- 1B
9) Brendan Ryan- SS

First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 local time, Yanks can clinch WC home field with a win.  Here’s your day game thread.

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Saturday Morning News And Notes: 10/3/15

Just a few quick notes before we get into today’s doubleheader.  Most of this stuff is courtesy of Chad Jennings.

Ivan Nova will start the first game today and Luis Severino is scheduled to start the second one, but that may not be set in stone depending on whether or not the Yankees clinch home field for the WC game before the nightcap.  Joe has said he wants to have more than one starter on the roster for Tuesday, and it sounds like Severino is in consideration for that role.

– Also sounds like we won’t be seeing a lot of the starters in today’s doubleheader.  I imagine the lineups will look similar to ST split-squad games and the older veterans won’t be in for the full game.  Maybe Rico Noel and Gary Sanchez will finally get ABs!

Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a “vestibular concussion” and has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and most likely the playoffs.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/2/15

October is back, longsleeve weather is back, October baseball is back!  It’s all good in the hood on this Friday afternoon.  Missed the Palooza last Friday because I was busy duck boating around in enemy territory, but we’re back this week and we’ve got a solid batch of links.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Tuesday, SG of RLYW had an absolutely BRUTAL stat to sum up Jacoby Ellsbury’s season.

– Owen Watson of JABO broke down Ellsbury’s season pre- and post-injury. Doesn’t spell great things for the postseason.

– El duque of It Is High… warned of the eventual Red Sox return to competitiveness, which could be coming too.  Good thing the Yankees have a good crop of young players coming up now too.

– On Wednesday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley gathered up the candidates for best Yankee moment of the season.  Totally unbiased, #ARod3K all the way.

– Mike Axisa of RAB put together his version of the WC game pitching staff.

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Putting Together The Wild Card Game Roster

The Yankees are back in the playoffs.  That’s good news.  They only need 1 more win or 1 more Astros loss to secure home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game, which is also good news.  In addition to the decided advantage that will come with facing the Astros and Dallas Keuchel at Yankee Stadium, it also gives Joe a chance to rest a few guys over these final few regular season games in preparation for building his Wild Card game roster.  I’ve hesitated to write this post until I knew they were actually going to be in the game, but now that we know I can proceed.

The roster for the WC game goes back down to a standard 25-man, which the Yankees can load up however and with whoever they want because they will have the option of changing the roster again for the ALDS should they win.  In a 1-game, winner-take-all scenario, typical roster balance can be thrown out the window and I anticipate the Yankees will use 15 position players and 10 pitchers for this game.  …

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