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: Are The Yanks Going To Use A Sixth Starter Or Not?

With another “20 games in 20 days” stretch underway and a pitching staff that’s a coin flip at best right now, the Yankees have reportedly been kicking around the idea of going with a 6-man rotation for a turn or 2 as a way to manage workloads and give everybody enough rest.  It’s really not a bad idea and something Matt discussed on this very site last week.  All things considered, I could live with a 6-man rotation plan for the short term.

What I can’t live with, and what doesn’t make me feel good about the possibility, is how the Yankees are going about it.  Or rather, how they’re not going about it since there’s no real plan in place.  Chad Jennings had a quote from Joe in his pregame notes yesterday, and what Joe had to say really didn’t give me a warm, fuzzy feeling:

“We’re playing with some ideas, so I don’t have anything for you yet.

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How Much Longer Should The Yankees Wait To Make More Roster Changes?

A little over a month ago I wrote a post on the importance of the Yankees using some off-days to prepare for how they could go about improving the weakest parts of their roster.  At the time they had a healthy bullpen, a good enough rotation, and a few position players (Drew & Jones) that stood out as obvious replacement candidates based on their weak production.

4 weeks later, the landscape has changed a bit.  The bullpen is now in tatters, both in terms of health and effectiveness, Jones has started to hit better, and Chris Young has slid into Jones’ spot as the painfully under-performing bench player.  Drew is still stinky and that’s a problem, but it might not be the most glaring one anymore based on his power output and above-average defensive value.  With the team in the midst of another bitter cold streak and its lack of overall depth being exposed by the National League rules, it’s time for the brain trust to get serious about what they can do to improve these areas of weakness and when.…

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Game 64 Recap: Marlins 12 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs MIA

Nasty Nate. Courtesy of Getty Images

Not much needed to explain this one really.  Nathan Eovaldi was terrible, had an all-time terrible stat line that put his team in a deep hole from the get go, and the rest of the team laid down and died behind him.

Eovaldi got the leadoff hitter out easy enough in the bottom of the 1st, then it all fell apart pretty quickly.  The next 6 batters all singled to make it 4-0 Marlins, then Adeiny Hechavarria broke up the monotony with a 2-run triple to make it 6-0.  Eovaldi did retire opposing starter and former Yankee David Phelps for the second out (hooray!!!), then gave up a single to Dee Gordon as the lineup turned over and a 2-run double to Derek Dietrich to end his night.  2/3 of an inning, 36 pitches, 9 hits, 8 earned runs.  His defense didn’t do him any favors in the inning, but this was all on Eovaldi.  …

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Game 63 Recap: Marlins 2 Yankees 1

Tanaka vs MIA

Courtesy of Getty Images

Road interleague games are not made for this version of the Yankees.  The loss of their regular #3 hitter at the expense of a pitcher hitting for himself is a huge blow to the currently shaky offense, and the lack of run support typically associated with a weakened lineup was the reason for last night’s loss.  Masahiro Tanaka pitched another good game and still lost to a guy I’ve never heard of.  TO quote Joe Girardi, that’s not what you want.

There was another early lead in the cards for the Bombers last night, courtesy of Mark Teixeira‘s 18th home run of the season.  He got a 3-1 fastball from Miami starter Tom Koehler to lead off the top of the 2nd and he didn’t waste it, launching it well over the right center field wall.  It really is amazing what Teix is doing this year.  Too bad he’s not a Kansas City Royal.  Then he’d make the All-Star Game for sure.…

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On Yesterday’s Sneak Peek At The New Bullpen Hierarchy

Betances vs BAL

Dellin Betances shakes hands with a small child in a John Ryan Murphy jersey at the conclusion of yesterday’s game. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees salvaged a little something from the weekend series in Baltimore yesterday with a hard fought 5-3 victory.  The big offensive inning in the top of the 5th is what got them the lead, but the real reason they held on to win was the outstanding relief work by the last 3 reliable men standing in the bullpen.

Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson, and Dellin Betances.  Only 1 of them was expected to be a critical part of the bullpen’s success this year, but yesterday all 3 of them shined in their new roles.  Shreve came on in relief of starter Adam Warren in the bottom of the 5th to hold the lead the offense had just given them, and did so by getting Travis Snider to fly out to end the inning.  He then returned to the mound for the start of the 6th inning and retired the Orioles 1-2-3 on a pair of groundouts and a foul tip strikeout.…

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Game 62 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 3

JRM vs BAL

Moment of the game. Courtesy of the AP

It’s been an ugly few days for the Yankees.  They gagged one away at home against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon, then went to Baltimore and played piss poor baseball on their way to getting mollywhopped in the first 2 games of this series.  They needed a win today to stem the tide and salvage a little something from this series if nothing else, and they did enough to get that win.  I don’t want to go too far in stretching 1 game into a “this is what good teams do” narrative, but all things considered it did feel a little bit like that kind of win.

Adam Warren got the stopper start today and he wasn’t nearly as good as he had been in the starts leading up to this one.  The O’s got him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st after he loaded the bases with 1 out and gave up a 2-run single to Nolan Reimold, and he gave up another in the 4th on a walk, single, double exchange.  …

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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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