About Brad Vietrogoski

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.

Game 147: Pineda vs. Syndergaard

Yankees dropped the first game of this series last night and have lost 7 of their last 10.  They’re 4.5 back in the division, 5 up in the Wild Card, and their magic number to clinch a postseason berth is 12.  I don’t know about y’all, but I sure wouldn’t mind a win this afternoon.  There’s a couple of big right handers on the mound in Noah Syndergaard and Michael Pineda, and here’s the lineup that will start behind Big Mike:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Carlos Beltran- RF
4) Brian McCann- C
5) Greg Bird- 1B
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) Dustin Ackley- 2B
8) Didi Gregorius- SS

Pineda will hit 9th and he’ll have the 3 bullpen horses ready to take over if he needs to be pinch hit for early.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM, this is your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Game 146 Quick Recap: NYM 5 NYY 1

No Teix, no A-Rod, no McCann, no Ellsbury, no offense.  The Yankees played with half a lineup last night, and in a completely expected turn of events they managed to score a single run with that lineup and lose the series opener to the Mets.

Of course they got that run in the top of the 1st too.  Brett Gardner walk, Carlos Beltran bloop single, Chris Young sac fly.  That was it, that was the offense against Mets’ starter Steven Matz.  The Yanks stranded 2 runners in the 1st, 2 more in the 2nd, and 2 in the 6th against Matz, then for good measure loaded the bases against closer Jeurys Familiar in the 9th with 1 out and didn’t score.

Masahiro Tanaka looked excellent for most of the game, but he made 3 bad pitches on the night and all 3 hurt him.  Hung a splitter to Lucas Duda in the 2nd that Duda hit for a game-tying solo home run, hung another one to him in the 4th that he hit for a double, and hung a 2-strike slider to Daniel Murphy in the 6th that Murphy took yard.  … Click here to read the rest

Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/18/15

Long week.  Looking forward to sitting down in my armchair and watching Tanaka dominate tonight.  Gotta stop those pesky Mets from taking back the city again.  Now onto the links.

– On Monday, Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs ran his KATOH projections on Gary Sanchez to see how he stacks up as a Major League hitting prospect now that he’s reached the highest level.

– On Tuesday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx commented on Brett Gardner’s scary consistency over the last few seasons.

– On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog went back in time and looked at how things would have played out if the Yankees re-signed Cano and C-Grand instead of signing Ellsbury and Beltran.

– Mike Axisa of RAB analyzed the decline in effectiveness of Chasen Shreve’s splitter recently and identified that as the potential source of his struggles.

– Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes mused on what the Yankees should do with Ivan Nova this coming offseason.Click here to read the rest

Friday Morning News And Notes: 9/18/15

Final off-day of the regular season yesterday.  It’s 17 in 17 from tonight on out and there’s going to be some real juice to this weekend Subway Series.  Should be fun to watch.

– The Yankees will send Tanaka, Pineda, and Sabathia to the hill this weekend, with Joe non-committal on pitching Tanaka on normal rest again next Wednesday against the Blue Jays.  Given the state of the rotation and the potential divisional effect of winning that series, it should be a no-brainer.

– Assistant GM Billy Eppler has started his interview rounds for open GM positions.  Via George King, he met with the Mariners in Chicago on Wednesday after talking to the Angels on Monday.  I don’t see any way he comes out of this offseason without a GM job somewhere.  He’s been real close the last few years.  Good for him.

– The 2015 MiL season officially came to an end for the Yankee organization on Tuesday night when SS Staten Island lost the Penn League Championship Series in 2 games.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 145 Recap: Yankees 3 Rays 1

Bird HR vs TB

Is it me or is every home run he hits important? Courtesy of the AP

Chris Archer ain’t nothing.  Yankees have faced him twice in the last 10 days and beaten him both times.  If only they could have won a few more games against other pitchers in that timespan.  Archer got outdueled by Luis Severino last night as the Yankees rode their blue chipper’s right arm, Greg Bird’s bat, and the bullpen A-Team to a much needed series victory.

Severino struggled to his spots and keep his fastball out of the middle part of the strike zone his last time out against the Blue Jays.  He didn’t have those same struggles last night and the aggressive Tampa lineup just plain couldn’t keep up with his stuff.  He was working 96-97 with his fastball and low 90s with his slider, and he seemed to make his best pitches when he was on the verge of getting into trouble.  He stranded 2 after a leadoff double and a walk in the bottom of the 2nd, struck out 2 to strand a runner in the 4th, and worked out of a 1-out, runners on second and third jam in the 5th by inducing a weak groundout and a pop out to the catcher.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Now It’s Tanaka Time

The Yankees face the Rays in a very important rubber match tonight.  The Yankees will be sending 21-year-old Luis Severino to the mound to start the game, fresh off his first real bad MLB outing against the Blue Jays over the weekend and with a potential quasi-calf issue.  The Rays will be sending their ace and noted Yankee dominator Chris Archer to the mound.  Advantage Rays.

While the Yanks won’t have that ace advantage tonight, they will have it when Masahiro Tanaka toes the rubber next, most likely on Friday against the Mets.  This would line him up to make a start against the Blue Jays in next week’s crucial final series, and it would require him to make both starts on regular rest.  That’s something the Yankees have gone out of their way to avoid as much as possible this season, but as Mike Axisa clearly and correctly explained this morning at RAB, the time for that arm protection is over.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 144 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 3

Franklin HR vs NYY

Giving up homers to guys hitting under .140, guh. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees went from almost getting no-hit by Erasmo Ramirez on Monday night to just not getting enough hits last night.  That’s progress, depending on how you want to look at the situation, but when that low hits count only lead to 3 runs and you’re working with the C-level pitching squad, you probably aren’t going to win the game.  The Yankees didn’t.

The sad thing was that 2 of the 3 hits the Yanks got off Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi were home runs and both of them gave the team a lead.  Alex Rodriguez embarrassed Odorizzi by crushing a 1-0 fastball the other way for a solo homer in the top of the 1st to make it 1-0 Yanks, and Greg Bird bested Odorizzi in a tough battle to drive in A-Rod with a 2-run bomb to dead center in the 4th to make it 3-2 Yanks.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Jacoby Ellsbury Stinks

Were it not for Slade Heathcott‘s incredible timing, the big talking point from last night’s 9th inning would have been Jacoby Ellsbury and his potentially back-breaking GIDP.  On the first pitch from Brad Boxberger after Dustin Ackley singled to start the inning, Ellsbury rolled a grounder over to the first baseman to start a double play and clear the bases.  After a night of precious few offensive chances, Ellsbury took what looked like the last good one the Yankees would get and flushed it.

If you haven’t been playing close enough attention, Ellsbury has been doing a lot of that lately.  He’s slumping about as badly as anybody on the team has at any point this season, and it climaxed with that GIDP in the 9th.  Ellsbury wakes up this morning with a .254/.315/.354 batting line that is, quite simply, pathetic.  That .660 OPS is almost 30 points below Didi Gregorius‘ season line and a mere 3 ahead of everyone’s favorite Twitter punching bag Stephen Drew.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 143 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 1

Heathcott HR vs TB

So many good faces in this picture. Courtesy of Getty Images

Best win of the season last night?  If not, top 3 at the absolute worst.  Things weren’t looking good for the Yankees heading into the late innings, but then Slade Heathcott bopped a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th to rip the game away from the Rays and hopefully breathe new life into the Yankees’ final 20-game stretch run.

The Yankees had faced Tampa starter Erasmo Ramirez twice before last night’s game and both times he held them at bay, allowing only 1 run in 11 innings pitched.  He bested that and the some last night, twirling 7.2 scoreless, 1-hit innings and holding the Yankee lineup without a hit until that final 8th inning.  He did walk 2 batters, but only 1 of them reached second base and was then double off to end the inning.  Ramirez retired 21 of the first 23 batters he faced going into the 8th and gave up his first hit of the game to Carlos Beltran to lead off that inning.  … Click here to read the rest