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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Quick Hit: Nova Strong In His Second Rehab Start

While the rest of his teammates floundered their way to a third straight loss last night, Ivan Nova was busy taking another step towards finally rejoining them.  Nova made his second MiL rehab start last night, this one for the Triple-A SWB RailRiders, and it’s more than fair to say that the second start was better than the first.

Capped at 85 pitches, Nova only needed 73 to get through 6 innings.  He allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.  The 1 run came on a solo home run, and overall Nova threw 50 strikes in his 73 in-game pitches before heading to the bullpen to throw the last 12.

The Yankees, specifically Joe, have gone out of their way this week to say that Nova wasn’t DEFINITELY going to be activated after this start, but all signs point to that.  They need to see how Nova feels today and probably tomorrow to make sure no discomfort pops up anywhere in his arm, but the team’s need for pitching help is too great right now.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/12/15

Hot take alert, hot take alert!  TV advertising has gotten really bad.  Pathetically bad in some cases.  The dude in the McDonald’s sirloin burger spots is unbearable.  Could not be more unlikable.  And why Scion still rolls with the hamsters is beyond me.  The hamsters are the engineers designing the new car in the latest commercial.  Am I supposed to want to buy a Scion more because I know it was designed, built, and tested by animated, anthropomorphic hamsters?  Is that the implication?  How is that supposed to inspire a purchasing decision?  If I wasn’t so addicted to television, I’d stop watching.  Today’s TV advertising is surely helping to make our society dumber.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs used his KATOH projection model to analyze the 1st round draft picks.  Worth noting that Kaprielian was the highest-rated pitcher by KATOH.

– On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… ranted at the Yankees for failing to draft Mo III.

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Quick Hit: Solid Start To The Month for The Rotation

The Yankees have wrapped up their weird week of scheduling and will embark on another 20-straight game journey starting tonight in Baltimore.  Their loss to the Nationals on Wednesday ended their latest winning streak, but they still head into tonight with a 7-1 record in the month of June.

Maybe I’m just stupid and missed it, but does anybody realize how good the rotation has been this month?  In 1-3 fewer games and 5-15-ish fewer innings than every other team, the Yankees rank in the top 5-10 in most key statistical categories:

  • 2.49 ERA- 4th
  • 3.36 FIP- 9th
  • 3.38 xFIP- 9th
  • 1.1 fWAR – T-8th
  • 22.9% K Rate- 5th
  • 49.3% GB Rate- 8th
  • 6 Wins- T-1st

Normally wins wouldn’t be included in that group of stats, but in this instance I think it’s worth pointing out.  Those 6 wins come without a single loss charged to the rotation, and 6-0 in an 8-game stretch speaks to the kind of above-average performance that all those other numbers support.…

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 6/12/15

No time for dilly-dallying.  Let’s get right to it.

– The Yankees filled the open spots on their active roster yesterday by calling Mason Williams and Chris Martin up from Triple-A SWB.  Williams is taking Jose Pirela‘s spot to give the team the outfield depth it needs, and Martin is replacing Andrew Miller, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday.

– On Miller, it sounds like he could be out for a month or so with his forearm strain, not unlike the amount of time Masahiro Tanaka missed with a similar injury.  Via Joel Sherman, Cash said Miller will not even pick up a baseball for 10-14 days.  Nothing wrong with that.  Better safe than sorry.

– If you missed it, the Yanks rid themselves of David Carpenter yesterday.  He was sent to Washington in exchange for Double-A infield prospect Tony Renda.

Ivan Nova is scheduled to make his next MiL rehab start for SWB on Saturday, and it sounds like there’s a small chance the Yankees call him up.  …

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Attempting To Talk Fairly About Joe And The Bullpen Situation

Girardi vs BAL

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It’s been a rough few days for Joe Girardi and his bullpen.  He used his 2 best relievers in a 5-run game on Tuesday night, didn’t have the one healthy one left available yesterday as a result, went with one of his younger, inexperienced middle relievers for the 8th inning, and watched that reliever cough up the 2-run lead that the offense had provided in the previous half-inning.  This comes on the heels of Friday night’s 9th inning near-meltdown by an even lower-leverage reliever and a few questionable instances of using David Carpenter in close games with men on before he was future endeavored.

There’s been a lot to not like from the ‘pen over the past month or so, from the injuries to the inconsistency to the decision making to the performance at times.  The one part of the roster that was thought to be solid and the least cause for concern has become arguably the most inconsistent, and yesterday it seemed like that came to head for many fans and bloggers around the Yankosphere.  …

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Quick Hit: Yanks Trade David Carpenter To The Nats

I guess the Nationals are the new dumping ground for relievers the Yankees don’t want anymore.  As just announced by the team, they have traded Carpenter, who was DFA’d last week, to the Nats for Double-A second baseman Tony Renda.

Carpenter was bad in his short Yankee stint, no other way to say it.  4.82/.5.31/4.72 trip slash in 18.2 innings over 22 appearances.  The Nats have some holes in their bullpen right now as well, and they have plenty of experience Carpenter from his time in the NL East.  They must think they can fix whatever’s wrong with him.

Renda is a 24-year-old, righty hitter and thrower, and was Washington’s 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft.  He’s hitting .267/.333/.340 in Double-A this year and is a career .288/.366/.365 hitter in over 1,600 MiL plate appearances spread across 4 levels.…

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2015 Draft Recap: Days 2 And 3

Draft Logo 2015

After making 3 picks in the first 57 on opening night, the Yankees continued their 2015 MLB draft plan execution over the last 2 days.  They made 8 picks on Tuesday and another 30 yesterday to complete the 40 rounds of action, and it’d be wrong to not at least mention a few of the highlights from these last 2 days.

Day 2- The Yankees went college-heavy on day 1 and they kept that theme going on day 2 as they worked to get the most out of their draft bonus pool.  They took 6 college players and 2 high schoolers with their 8 picks, giving them 9 college players in all out of their first 11 selections.

– While the preppies were limited, they were well-represented by the 3rd round pick, right-handed pitcher Drew Finley.  He’s out of California, features a solid fastball-curveball-changeup mix, good command, and is the son of a baseball scout, so there’s that “grew up around the game” thing going for him.  …

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Game 59 Recap: Nationals 5 Yankees 4 (11 Innings)

Lindgren vs WAS

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Objectively this game sucked.  It should have been a win, it wasn’t, and to lose in extras when you come back late and then give one away always hurts.  GIven that the Yankee had won 7 straight prior to this 1 loss, and given the more important long-term developments with Andrew Miller, this has to be chalked up as a bump in the road and something from which you just move on.

It was a slow go early for the Bombers.  They managed a paltry 2 hits off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez through 6 innings.  Lotta GB outs and no real scoring opportunities.  It was a shame too, because despite a few rough patches it was actually a pretty good outing for Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up a run in the 3rd on back-to-back doubles and another in the 5th on a hanging curve to Danny Espinosa that ended up as a solo home run.  …

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Game 58 Recap: Yankees 6 Nationals 1

Tanaka vs WAS

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The big draw in last night’s 2-game series opener against the Nationals was the starting pitching matchup.  Max Scherzer vs. Masahiro Tanaka is one of the best possible pitching matchups in baseball today and those 2 didn’t disappoint.  The defense and relief work of Washington did in the late innings, however, and the Yankees capitalized to run their winning streak to 7.

So that Scherzer-Tanaka matchup.  It definitely lived up to its billing through the first 6 innings.  Tanaka retired the Nats in order over the first 3 innings, recording 7 of the 9 outs by way of strikeout or groundout.  He was running his fastball into the mid-90s, his sinker had good movement down in the zone, and the slider and splitter were on point as swing-and-miss pitches.  Scherzer wasn’t quite as dominant.  His only clean inning was the bottom of the 1st.  But he did get 7 swinging strikeouts over 6 and made some big pitches to get key groundouts with men on to kill potential 2-out rallies.…

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