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: Dellin Back Dealin’ Again

Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch.  He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th.  Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the “Joe is running his guys into the ground” argument was going to start up again.

Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal.  Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts.  He’s back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.

He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some.  …

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Game 92 Recap: Yankees 3 Orioles 2

Miller-Mac vs BAL

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They made it!  It’s been a long battle to get there, but the Yankees finally reached the 10 games over .500 plateau last night with a close win over the division rival Orioles.  Once again it was the combination of just enough starting pitching, just enough offense, and a lockdown bullpen getting the job done.

The offense staked Nathan Eovaldi to a lead with a couple of early manufactured runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to lead off the bottom of the 1st, moved to third on a Brett Gardner sac bunt, and scored on an Alex Rodriguez sac fly.  A pair of singles by Brian McCann and Chris Young put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and Chase Headley doubled in a run to make it 2-0.

The Yankees failed to tack on more in that inning though, and Eovaldi walked a fine line in working 5 scoreless innings.  He stranded a leadoff walk in the 1st and worked around 2 to keep Baltimore off the board in the 5th.  …

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Tuesday Morning News And Notes: 7/21/15

Yesterday was an off-day and I’m staring down the barrel of another long day of professional development training today, so the creative juices aren’t exactly flowing.  Here are some updates on the goings on around Yankeeland instead.

– The early trade deadline target rumors are in, courtesy of Jon Heyman, and they’re what you would expect them to be for the Yankees: a starting pitcher, a righty bat, and a righty reliever.  I have to imagine reliever is lowest down on the priority list with the return of Adam Warren to the ‘pen, but the Yanks have been good at finding and acquiring undervalued relief talent over the years.

Via Chad Jennings, top prospect Aaron Judge has missed the last few Triple-A games with what Cash called “some minor stuff”.  Take that news however you want.

– On the positive side, Mason Williams has started playing catch again and it sounds like his shoulder has finally started getting better.  …

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Trying (And Failing) To Make Sense Of Ryan Over Refsnyder

This was supposed to be a long post analyzing the decision to send Rob Refsnyder down and keep Brendan Ryan up on the active roster.  I was going to try to be fair and rational and logical and come up with an explanation that made sense for the team and the players involved.  But after thinking about it for the last 18 hours or so, I can’t do it.  I can’t.  I really don’t have the energy or the desire to try to rationalize this move, and after 18 hours I still can’t figure out why the Yankees made it.

No matter what way I try to look at the decision, it doesn’t make sense to me.  Keeping Ryan over Refsnyder makes the team weaker and worse than it was before.  Refsnyder might not have the defensive flexibility that Ryan does, but he looked good enough at second base.  Wouldn’t the team be better off with him at second and Stephen Drew on the bench as the utility infielder?  …

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Game 91 Recap: Yankees 2 Mariners 1

Teix HR vs SEA

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Win the series.  Just win the series.  It’s all about winning series for the Yankees right now.  2 out of 3 while the rest of the AL East goes hot and cold will make it an easier stretch run, and it doesn’t matter how you get the W as long as you get it.  They got a rare stellar start from CC Sabathia this afternoon, and even though they didn’t do enough offensively to get him a win, they did just enough to come away with a team win and a series win.

It was a blast from the past for CC today.  He was pitching like he was feeling good after the extra rest, hitting 93 on his 4-seam fastball and sitting low 90s on his 4-seamer and sinker all day.  Seattle had a tough time squaring him up and didn’t generate much through 4 innings.  When the 5th came and the Mariners went back-to-back singles to lead it off, it looked like the one bad inning was coming.  …

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Game 90 Quick Recap: SEA 4 NYY 3

Yesterday it was Kyle Seager going yard twice for all of Seattle’s runs.  Today it was Robinson Cano.  Yesterday those home runs weren’t enough to beat the Yankees, but today they were as the Mariners reversed last night’s decision and picked up a 4-3 win over the Bombers.

The first Cano homer didn’t take long at all.  Brad Miller singled to lead off the game and Cano came up with 1 on and 1 out looking to pull a first-pitch fastball.  He got one from Michael Pineda and did what he used to do all the time in Yankee Stadium to give his team a quick 2-0 lead.

The Yankees didn’t get much going against Hisashi Iwakuma early.  That changed in the bottom of the 4th when Mark Teixeira singled with 2 outs.  This brought Brian McCann to the plate and he got a hanging fastball from Iwakuma that he deposited over the wall for a game-tying 2-run homer.  But Seager led off the top of the 6th with a single and Cano got to Pineda again, yanking another 2-run homer into the right field seats.…

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Game 89 Quick Recap: NYY 4 SEA 3

Sorry for the late recap.  I was out getting free t-shirts at the Brewer game and celebrating a little too hard post-game.  Part of that celebration was due to A-Rod’s game-winning home run for the Yanks, a big hit to save a second half-opening win over the Mariners.

If it wouldn’t have been for the existence of Kyle Seager, Masahiro Tanaka would have had a spotless performance last night.  Seager got to him for a solo home run in the 3rd to get Seattle on the board and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give them the lead.  Other than those 2 hits, Tanaka was on point last night.  7 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.  Probably not good enough for some NY sports writers, but plenty good enough for me.

The Yankees bookended their 4 runs with solo homers, Chris Young‘s to start things in the bottom of the 2nd and Alex Rodriguez‘s to pull back ahead in the 7th.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/17/15

Baseball is finally back, baby!  The Yankees get back to work tonight against the Mariners and now that we’ve crossed over to the second half of the season I’m starting to think in postseason mode.  I want to extend that division lead this weekend and keep shaving that magic number down.  It’s at 71 for the division right now if I’m not mistaken.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley interviewed John Sickels and got his thoughts on the Yankee farm system and many of its top prospects.

– El duque of It Is High… offered some quick firsthand takes on some SI Yankee prospects and presented the list of retired Yankee numbers that are still in use in their farm system.

– Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx commented on Brett Gardner’s great season and how he’s gone about becoming a more dangerous and effective hitter.

– On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes laid out his plan for handling the roster returns of Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan.

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Friday News And Notes: 7/17/15 (UPDATED)

Carlos Beltran played right field for 5 innings last night and went 1-3 with a single and a K for High-A Tampa.  Via Nick Flammia, he’s slated for 7 innings in right tonight, so it doesn’t sound like Beltran will be activated until this weekend at the earliest.

– Keith Law released his midseason top 50 prospects list yesterday over at ESPN.  The full article is IO of course, but the pertinent information for Yankee fans is Aaron Judge coming in at 13 just like he has on multiple other lists recently.  Law did not have Luis Severino in his top 50, although he did come in on the list of honorable mentions.  Law still sees Severino as a reliever long-term.

– Via George King, Brian Cashman said he thinks Slade Heathcott will be able to return to game action this season.  He isn’t so sure about Mason Williams, however, saying “if the rehab doesn’t go well he might need surgery” in reference to Williams’ recent 60-day DL transfer.…

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