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

Does Ben Gamel Have A Future With The Yankees?

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times Tribune

The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders won last tonight to lock up their first International League North division title since 2010.  It’s a cool accomplishment for those younger players, and in some way it’s a testament to the quality of the Yankees’ upper-level organizational depth and talent.  This is a team that, at some point during this season, had Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Bryan Mitchell, Mason Williams, Ramon Flores, Rob Refsnyder, and Jacob Lindgren playing for it, along with the slew of other relief arms that have ridden the roster shuttle this year.

The name left out of that group that may have been the biggest part of this division title is Ben Gamel.  The 23-year-old outfielder, picked in the 10th round of the 2010 draft, had a monster year in his first Triple-A season and was the one consistent roster presence on a team of change.  …

Read more

On Yesterday’s Decision To Go To Millances

Ultimately the only thing that mattered was winning the ballgame, but a big wave of emotion rolled across Twitter yesterday afternoon when the Yankees’ C-level relievers couldn’t keep runs off the board or put outs on it and Joe made the decision to go to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.  The line was drawn and people took to their sides immediately to either call Joe stupid for using his best relievers in what was a blowout game or smart for not letting the C-level spiral get out of hand and turn the blowout into something closer.  Matt and I went back and forth with William from The Captain’s Blog on the issue.

Seeing how quickly and passionately people took their stances on the move, I figured it was worth discussing in greater detail on the blog.  It’s always a little bit fun to play Monday morning QB on stuff like this, and I was honestly surprised that there wasn’t a more unanimous feeling of positivity about the decision.  …

Read more

Game 132 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 8

Drew HR vs BOS

Cue the music from “The Natural”. Courtesy of Getty Images

The last time he faced the Yankees on August 4th, Henry Owens did alright for himself in a 3-run, 5-inning outing that netted him an ND and his team a blowout loss.  He wasn’t even close to being that lucky this afternoon, failing to make it out of the 2nd inning and giving up the bulk of an early run-scoring onslaught that the Yankees would use to slowly plod to victory.  Poor bastard.

Owens retired the side in order in the 1st and struck out Carlos Beltran to start the top of the 2nd.  It spiraled downward at warp speed for him from there.  Chase Headley walked on 5 pitches and Greg Bird hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board.  John Ryan Murphy followed up with a solo shot of his own to make it 3-0, and the Yankees proceeded to go single, single, walk, single, single to make it 6-1 and end Owens’ day.  …

Read more

Game 131 Recap: Yankees 3 Red Sox 1

Ortiz K vs NYY

It’s so beautiful it almost makes me cry. Courtesy of Getty Images

That’s more like it.  I wouldn’t necessarily call it snapping out of their funk from Monday night, but the Yankees did turn in a very good team pitching performance to shut down the Red Sox and picking up a win to even the series.  I’ll always take a win.

Michael Pineda started the night with the ball in his hand for the Yanks and from the get go it was clear that he was feeling better tonight than he has in a while.  He pumped a few fastballs in at 94-95, threw a couple good, hard sliders, and retired 7 of the first 8 Boston hitters he faced.  He hit a speed bump in the bottom of the 3rd when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a double and came around to score on a Pablo Sandoval hit, but he quickly recovered from that to strike out Xander Bogaerts swinging on a 96 MPH fastball and end the inning.…

Read more

Yankees Announce First Round Of September Call-Ups

It was news that flew under the radar while the frustrating game was playing out in Boston, but the Yankees did announce their first round of September roster expansion call-ups last night.  The group will include catcher Austin Romine, infielders Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela, outfielder Rico Noel, and relief pitchers Caleb Cotham, James Pazos, and Andrew Bailey.  The team will also activate utility man Dustin Ackley off the DL today.

This a pretty even layer of depth being added to the roster with nothing really standing out as especially notable.  I wrote about what Ackley is bringing back to the table yesterday and he figures to be the most useful of this bunch.  I expect we’ll see some of Refsnyder against left-handed pitching at second, but he isn’t going to be taking time away from Drew.  Romine will serve as the emergency catcher because Gary Sanchez is hurt and could be an option as a righty first baseman.  …

Read more

Game 130 Recap: Red Sox 4 Yankees 3

Ortiz Out vs NYY

Out by a mile. My favorite part of this game. Courtesy of the AP

From one divisional basement dweller to another, the Yankees traveled to Boston to start a 3-game series last night looking to continue  to beat up on inferior competition and keep pace with the Blue Jays.  Based on the number of opportunities they generated, the Yankees should have won this game in a walk.  But they could never cash in big on even one of them, and instead they went home with a frustrating “coulda, shoulda, woulda” type of loss.

How many missed opportunities were there?  Let’s just list them out.

  • Top 1st- Yanks loaded the bases with nobody out on a catcher’s interference, a fielding error, and an Alex Rodriguez base hit.  They scored a run on a Carlos Beltran sac fly and nothing else.
  • Top 4th– Loaded the bases again with nobody out on a walk to Brian McCann and 2 singles by Chase Headley and Greg Bird.  
Read more

Monday Morning Food For Thought: Could Dustin Ackley Be Exactly What The Yankees Need?

The Yankees finished off an impressive weekend road sweep with a 20-6 shellacking of the Atlanta Braves yesterday, and they head to Boston to open another road series tonight in a much better spot than they were a few days ago.  They’ll also head into Boston not knowing whether injured first baseman Mark Teixeira will be able to play and considering playing A-Rod there against one of Boston’s lefties should Teix continue to be unavailable.

Yesterday’s offensive breakout being what it was, there are still a few guys in the lineup who have looked tired and could probably use another day or 2 off similar to what A-Rod got over the weekend.  The Yankees’ unwillingness to put Teix on the DL has left them with a short bench, which has made it more difficult for Joe to give those tired guys a spell and still put a decent lineup out on the field.  That’s where Dustin Ackley comes in.  He’s been playing in MiL rehab games and should be activated on Tuesday.  …

Read more

Game 129 Quick Recap: NYY 20 ATL 6

The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense.  Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games.  They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style.

Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn’t have it at all today.  The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.

Teheran’s day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves’ bullpen again from there.  Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings.  The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6.  …

Read more

Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.

Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…

Read more