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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Game 41 Quick Recap: Nationals 3 Yankees 2

Alex Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos

I feel ya, Al. We all do. Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankees scored a couple of early runs to take the lead, then shut down completely on offense while their pitching and defense slowly coughed the lead back up.  The road trip is over, mercifully, at 2-7 after another 1-run loss to the Nationals last night.

The first run came in the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, as Brett Gardner led off with a single and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.  A pair of productive outs brought Beltran around to make it 2-0 and the shutdown commenced.  The Yankees only had a runner reach second base once in the next 8 innings.  Life’s tough for an offense when you’re struh-gull-ing and you got no DH.

All in all it was another solid start for Adam Warren.  He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 1st, then settled in to pitch into the 7th inning for a second straight start.  …

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Quick Hit: Slade Heathcott’s Big Chance

By now everybody knows the bad news.  Jacoby Ellsbury is on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury and it’s still not exactly clear how serious it is.  Given how quickly he went from leaving the game to getting MRI’d to getting put on the DL, it stands to reason that it might be more severe than just a 15-day DL trip.  Ellsbury is a key part of the Yankee offense, maybe THE key part, and he’s the team leader in fWAR.  Losing him for any amount of time is a blow.

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that Ellsbury’s injury created an opportunity for one of the farm system’s more interesting stories.  Roughly 6 months from being non-tendered, removed from the 40-man roster, and then re-signed in January, Slade Heathcott will come up to the show and get his chance to be a Major League ballplayer.

From 1st round draft pick to top organizational prospect to injury-prone bust, it’s been a long road through the Yankee system for Heathcott since he was drafted.  …

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Game 40 Recap: Nationals 8 Yankees 6 (10 Innings)

Nathan Eovaldi

Be creepier, bro. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees reached the quarter pole of the regular season last night, and they did in the same fashion as they did heading into Monday’s off-day by losing on the road.

It was as bad a 1st inning as you could have if you were Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up solo home runs to Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper to immediately put the Yankees in a hole.  It felt like it was going to be a long night, but Eovaldi managed to get past it and work through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He needed a big double play to help him out in the 4th, but he didn’t unravel and gave the offense a chance to get into the game.

And they did that in a big way in the top of the 4th.  Jacoby Ellsbury (more on him later) started the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Chris Young single to get the Yankees on the board.  …

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On Using These Off-Days To Plan For The Near Future And Improve The Roster

The Yankees had their first scheduled off-day since April 30th yesterday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  At the end of a stretch that saw them play 30 games in 31 days, they were playing baseball like a tired team that needed a rest.  The bats had gone cold, the bullpen had been worked hard, and there wasn’t much energy to their losses during their 1-5 week last week.  Despite that long stretch and rough finish, they still wake up today in first place in the division, with a respectably positive run differential (+15), and with another scheduled off-day on the horizon before they head home for the weekend.

The Yankees are still in a good spot, and they’re going to hopefully get some more pitching help back in the weeks to come.  I’m confident that 2 days off this week will help bring some life back to those old legs and cold bats.  But to make the most out of this now friendly off-day schedule, I think the Yankees need to do more than rest.  …

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Monday Evening News And Notes: 5/18/15

You know the drill.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw his latest bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park.  29 pitches, no reported issues, and it sounds like he’s ready to start his official MiL rehab.  The team has yet to announce any formal plans, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A SWB are at home later in the week.  Assuming Tanaka feels fine tomorrow, I bet he’ll be lined up to pitch for one of those teams on Thursday or Friday.

– Sounds like everything is OK with Mark Teixeira‘s toe.  X-rays were negative and both he and Joe sounded optimistic that he would be able to play on Tuesday.  Here’s hoping.  The offense really can’t afford to have him start breaking down right now.

Chase Whitley had his follow-up right elbow exam today with the team doctor and the decision was made to have him undergo TJS to repair the tear in his UCL.  The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and will be performed by Dr.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: Offense Living And Dying With The Top Of The Order

Last Tuesday I wrote this post about the Yankees using the simple “get ‘em on, get ‘em in” formula with the top 4 spots in their batting order to fuel their recent hot streak.  They were coming off an 11-5 thumping of the Rays the night before in a game that saw the team hit 5 home runs and the top 4 spots in the order combine for 9 hits, 8 R scored, and 7 RBI.

Since that game, the Yankees have fallen on hard offensive times.  They’ve scored 11 runs in their last 6 games and gone 1-5 in those games.  5 of those 11 runs came in their only win during that stretch on Saturday afternoon, leaving the other 6 to be lightly dusted across the 5 losses.  This level of semi-extended offensive ineptitude is a call back to the last few seasons, something nobody wants to revisit.  While there are plenty of logical explanations for this regression: small sample size bias, bad luck, tired team desperately in need of an off-day, my biggest takeaway from these 6 games and the handful before them is just how top-heavy the Yankee lineup has become and just how little chance they have of winning when those top 4 spots aren’t producing.…

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Game 39 Recap: Royals 6 Yankees 0

Capuano vs KC

Welcome back, or something. Courtesy of the AP

Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time.  They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they’ve been for the better part of this week.  Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one.  It didn’t help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike’s 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.

Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you’re talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn’t take them long to figure him out.  He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd.  …

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Game 38: Bust This Slump

It’s been a mostly ugly week for the Yankees.  They’ve lost close games and they’ve lost blowouts on their way to 4 straight losses, and it sure would be nice to see the offense wake up tonight and carry the team to a victory to break out of this little slump.  It might take that with CC Sabathia on the mound because you just never know with him these days.  Here’s the Brett Gardner-less lineup that will be behind him tonight:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Chris Young- LF
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Carlos Beltran- RF
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) Jose Pirela- 2B
8) Stephen Drew- SS
9) John Ryan Murphy- C

This is your game thread if you’re not oot and aboot this evening.  As always, go Yankees!

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Game 37 Quick Recap: KC 12 NYY 1

If he had the goods to strike out 16 Orioles his last time out, Michael Pineda should have been good for at least 9 or 10 Royals last night in the series opener.  At least he should have been good for that if he had the same filthy slider he was sporting last Sunday, but that slider was strangely absent from his arsenal and Pineda ended up following his best start of the season with his worst.  Because the Yankees have decided to take this week off from hitting, it added up to a very 1-sided loss.

Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain got the scoring started for KC in the bottom of the 1st with a pair of back-to-back doubles.  They teamed up again for the second Royals run in the 3rd when Moustakas tripled and Cain hit a sac fly to bring him home.  Pineda was able to keep KC at 2 through 5 innings, but he really had to battle to do it.  …

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