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

A Quick Look At Jose Pirela

Pirela Triple-A HR

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune

The Yankees lost the best hitter in their lineup for the last month or so when emergency appendectomy surgery ended Martin Prado‘s year yesterday.  They replaced him on the active roster with Jose Pirela, a 24-year-old utility man who quietly had a really nice season for Triple-A SWB, hitting .305/.351/.441 with 87 R, 60 RBI, 21 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, and 15 SB in 581 plate appearances.  I believe he was named to the Triple-A end-of-year All Star team, but don’t quote me on that.

Pirela’s name has floated around on the periphery of the Yankee system for a few years when it comes to identifying real prospects.  He’s a guy who’s been good enough to warrant mentioning, but not great enough to warrant real “top prospect” consideration.  Now that he’s on the verge of making his MLB debut, here’s a quick profile on him for those unfamiliar.

Pirela was signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela in 2007.  …

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Injury Update: Teix’s Wrist Acting Up Again

Days-Since-Last-Injury-0Hey!  I remembered the picture this time.  Not that that makes the news any less crappy.

Mark Teixeira was noticeably absent from last night’s lineup, and we found out before the game it was due to his wrist acting up again.  Joe told reporters before the game that Teix told him the wrist was bothering him during last week’s homestand and it must have gotten to the point where he couldn’t play with the pain anymore.

This was to be expected at some point late in the year simply because it was expected prior to the season and it’s been the norm for Teix since game 1.  This was the 1 injury problem we and the Yankees were prepared for.  Guys who have this surgery usually have lingering issues the next year.  Teix has been no different.

Teix has been slumping badly and I’m a firm believer that all the injury problems have piled up to the point where he can’t be effective anymore.

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Game 150 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 1

Joe vs TB

“I want you!! I want the Stallion!!” Courtesy of Getty Images

I set the betting line at 1.5 runs before the game.  Can I set a line or what?  I had no doubts that the Yankee offense would remain absent.  Their starting lineup was terrible.  What I didn’t anticipate was Big Mike being out so early after a very good start to his night, and that ended up being the difference on another limp night for the bats.

Strange game for Michael Pineda.  He pretty much cruised through 4 scoreless on 52 pitches, giving up 2 singles, striking out 3, and getting 7 outs on the ground.  His slider was missing bats and his cutter was moving perfectly to generate weak, groundball contact.  It was all groovy.  Then Brendan Ryan threw a ball away with 1 out in the 5th and things started to go haywire.  Pineda walked the next batter and then failed to catch a toss from Brian McCann that would have ended the inning.  …

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Game 150: Pineda vs. Odorizzi

Today was fun, huh?  I think we all learned a lot.

We learned that Brett Gardner might be the sneaky most hated player on the Yankees.

We learned that Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after having emergency appendectomy.

And before tonight’s game, we learned from Joe that Masahiro Tanaka will make his return to the Major League mound this Sunday.  Guess they want to see if this rest and rehab plan worked.

It was only 5 days ago that Michael Pineda had his worst start of the season against these Rays, getting hit up for 10 hits and 4 ER in 7+ innings.  He’ll look to rebound from that with a better outing tonight and he’ll be hoping and praying with every fiber of his being that this starting lineup scores multiple runs for him.

1) Ellsbury- CF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Gardner- LF
4) McCann- 1B
5) Headley- 3B
6) Young- DH
7) Ichiro- RF
8) Cervelli- C
9) Ryan- 2B

I wouldn’t count on it.  …

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Here Are Some Offensive Numbers To Get You Psyched For Tonight’s Game

Offered up without commentary:

– The Yankees have been shut out 5 times in the last 16 games.

– They have been shut out 10 times this season.

– They have scored 42 runs in their 14 September games.

– They’ve scored 6 runs in their last 5 games.

– They’ve been held to 2 runs or fewer 9 times in the last 3 weeks.

– They’ve been held to 3 runs or fewer in 73 of 149 games this season, a shade under 50%.

– Their record in those game is 18-55.

– They’ve been held to 4 runs or fewer in 96 of 149 games.  That’s almost two-thirds of the season.

– Interesting enough, they’ve also held opponents to 3 or fewer runs 73 times this season.  They’re 56-17 in those games.

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Report: Prado Out For The Rest Of The Year

The hits (figurative injury hits, not literal baseball hits) keep on coming, huh?  Apparently Prado had to have emergency appendectomy surgery sometime between the end of last night’s game and when you and I woke up today. Meredith Marakovits had the story early this morning and the team confirmed it by announcing that he had been put on the 60-day DL and replaced on the active roster by Jose Pirela.

This is a huge blow to an already laughably ineffective lineup.  Prado has hit .316/.336/.541 with 7 HR and 16 RBI in 37 games as a Yankee.  He’s been on an absolute tear since mid-to-late August and he’s continued his hot hitting even as he battled a recent hamstring injury.

No way to spin this as a positive.  The lineup just lost its best hitter, and curious as I am to see what he can do, I don’t expect Pirela to fill that gap.…

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Thank You, Brett Gardner

Thank you:

“I feel like things have been slipping away for a few weeks.  To be honest, I haven’t looked at the standings the last couple of days because at this point they don’t really matter. We’ve got to win every day. Until we’re five, six, seven games out with five, six, seven games to go and eliminated, I’m still going to hold out hope, and I still believe in the group of guys we have here. I still come to work every day and play hard, but like I said, we’re not in a good spot right now, and it’s a shame because our pitchers have really stepped up the last couple of months and done a good job. As an offense, we haven’t…

“As well as we’ve pitched, we didn’t need to be great.  We just needed to be good. And we haven’t been…

“You feel like you’re due at some point.  I don’t feel like it’s been a couple of games.

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Game 149 Recap: Rays 1 Yanks 0

Headley vs TB

Chase Headley‘s got playoff fever. Courtesy of Getty Images

Another shutout.  Seriously, how is that possible?  I think I could actually help the Yankee lineup right now.  If nothing else, I’d be a great clubhouse guy to lighten the mood.  I fit right in with the team culture.  I’m boring, not that great to look at, and have a hard time scoring.  BOOM, roasted!!  We’re off and running this morning, people.  Of course they lost!

Starters Chris Capuano and Alex Colome traded zeros through the first 6 innings.  Hard to say if it was because they were pitching well or because the offenses sucked.  Capuano walked 4 in his 6 and only got 4 swings and misses on 101 pitches, and Colome had multiple runners on base in multiple innings.  The Yankees’ best chance was probably the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran singled and moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with 1 out.  …

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Tanaka Update: 5 Scoreless In Latest Sim Game

Masahiro Tanaka made his latest rehab start today, throwing 5 scoreless innings against a variety of MiL guys at the team complex.  But don’t let the headline fool you.  He wasn’t the dominant, overwhelming version of himself we all remember from earlier in the season.  Chad Jennings has all the details, but the short story is that Tanaka gave up 6 hits in his 5 innings and a couple of them (along with a few outs) were “hard hit.”  He struck out 4, walked none, and threw 65 pitches.

After the outing, Tanaka said he felt good but wasn’t sure if his stuff was ready to pitch in an MLB game.  That’s to be expected when we’re talking about someone who hasn’t pitched in as long as it’s been for him.  You don’t want a guy out there on the mound who isn’t comfortable and confident in his stuff.  If it takes another sim start to get that feeling to click, so be it.…

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