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

Have All Of Teix’s Injury Problems This Season Finally Caught Up To Him?

Teix vs TB

Pretty good chance he pulled something there. Courtesy of Getty Images

August was not a good month for Mark Teixeira.  He missed another handful of games due to injury problems and hit a grotesquely weak .193/.276/.307 with 2 HR, 9 BB, and 22 K in 98 plate appearances.  It was by far his worst single month of this season and the depressing continuation of an even more depressing season-long trend.  Teix’s production has dropped off in each month as he’s dealt with and played through a string of nagging injuries and it appears as though all the wear and tear finally caught up to him in August.

You don’t even have to dig too deep to see this.  Just check his monthly OPS splits.  Teix missed 14 games in April and posted an .862 OPS with a .487 slugging percentage.  He missed 3 games in May and posted an .840 with a .472 SLG.  Missed 3 games in June and posted a .774 (.471), 8 in July with a .695 (.375), and 5 in August with the aforementioned .582 (.307).  …

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Ellsbury Update: Awaiting MRI Results

Guess we might not be seeing Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup tonight after all. After injuring his ankle sliding into home on Friday night, sitting out Saturday, and pinch hitting on Sunday, Ellsbury was scheduled for an MRI that night when the team returned to New York.  The results of that MRI were not revealed yesterday, possibly due to the holiday, but that could be taken as a bad sign.

If the MRI looked fine and Ellsbury was ready to go, the team probably would have said something about that.  If there was something on it that gave the team doctors cause for concern, perhaps yesterday was spent as an extra “wait and see” day so the team could come up with a backup plan or develop a new timetable for his return.  The fact that he was immediately removed for a pinch runner on Sunday means that his ankle is probably in worse shape than most people thought.  You don’t remove your fastest baserunner when you need late-game runs if he’s healthy enough to run the bases.…

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Sunday Mid-Morning Newsings: Tanaka And Ellsbury

There are a couple of stories we haven’t touched on this weekend, ones that merit some kind of mention.  Before they become old news, here’s the latest and my personal take on these 2 happenings.

Tanaka’s Arm

Masahiro Tanaka threw his second sim game as scheduled on Thursday morning.  He threw 49 pitches to Brendan Ryan, used all of his pitches, and said he felt good except for some “normal soreness.”  On Friday, however, the situation changed and Tanaka was sent back to New York with what was described as “general soreness” throughout his right arm.  Both Tanaka and the team were quick to specify that it was not his elbow, and Tanaka said he believed it was just soreness related to not pitching in a while.  Still, with no plans to see a doctor as a precautionary follow-up and no more plans for him to continue his throwing, the chances of Tanaka returning to the mound next month are significantly lower.…

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Game 134 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 0

That about sums it up today.  Nothing more needs to be said.  Personally, I’m glad I spent my day getting my oil changed and making moving runs to the new place.  Watching this play out on Gamecast would have been a million times more aggravating than trying to take apart sturdy kitchen table legs without the allen wrench that I needed.

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Game 133 Quick Recap: Yanks 6 Jays 3

Ellsbury HR vs TOR

Courtesy of the AP

Sorry this didn’t get posted last night.  I was out and about.  If you spent your Friday night the same way, here’s what you missed.

Chris Capuano has quietly turned into the left-handed Hiroki Kuroda since the Yankees traded for him, and he turned in another “good not great” start last night.  6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K.  He gave up his first run in the bottom of the 4th on a Jose Bautista home run (not the first pitcher to do that), and got burned by some bad defense when he was tiring in the 7th.  With 1 out, 1 run in, and a runner on second, Derek Jeter threw a routine ground ball into the ground for an error.  A Brett Gardner throwing error in the next at-bat, after Capuano had left the game, allowed that third run to score.  Still, 3 runs in 6+ from your 5th starter is plenty good.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/29/14

No time for pleasantries this week.  Gotta keep the move going if I’m going to spend all day on the couch tomorrow.

– On Monday, el duque of It Is High… lamented the decision to trade for Martin Prado rather than sign Rusney Castillo.  That’s actually a pretty good point.  I’d much rather have Castillo.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog investigated whether spending big was still the smart organizational strategy in today’s parity-based MLB landscape.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB explained how and why the Yankees are at their best with Derek Jeter at DH instead of shortstop.

– Chris Mitchell of PInstripe Pundits wondered if Francisco Cervelli had a future with the Yankees beyond the rest of this season.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings had some video of Masahiro Tanaka’s latest sim game.

– Today, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley astutely pointed out that Francisco Cervelli is often at fault for the injuries he’s suffered.

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Yanks Acquire LHP Josh Outman

Didn’t want to let this one slip by since it came out last night.  The Yankees made a small trade with the Cleveland Indians to acquire lefty reliever Josh Outman for either cash or a PTBNL.  Outman is expected to report to the big league club, possibly for tonight’s game, and the smart money is on Rich Hill being DFA’d to clear spots on the 25 and 40-man rosters.

Outman is a few weeks from his 30th birthday and this is his 6th MLB season.  He spent time in Oakland and Colorado in the past, and this was his first season in Cleveland.  He was pretty terrible in his time as an Indian (3.28/5.24/4.35, 16 BB, 4 HR, 24 K in 24.2 IP), although left-handed hitters have hit .180/.293/.380 against him.  For his career, the lefty batting line against him is .185/.257/.287.

He’s not Tyler Webb or Jacob Lindgren, but it doesn’t sound like it will cost the Yankees anything to get him and he should be better than Hill.  …

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On Yesterday’s 9th Inning Pitching Decision

I’ll try to make this quick.  Regardless of how any of us feel about relief pitchers and relief roles and how managers go about using their bullpen, I think we can all agree on these facts:

  • Yesterday’s game was critically important
  • David Robertson is the best or 2nd best reliever in the Yankee ‘pen
  • David Robertson was well rested yesterday (hadn’t pitched since Sunday)
  • David Robertson is better than Shawn Kelley
  • The Yankees needed to prevent the Tigers from scoring in the 9th to keep the game going

So then why was it that Kelley got the call to pitch the bottom of the 9th over D-Rob?  It made no sense.  Having your closer available to close the game only matters when you have the lead.  If you don’t, the most important thing is to keep the other team from scoring so that your offense can have another opportunity (or opportunities) to score to take the lead.

This wasn’t the first time that Joe has taken that approach with D-Rob this season and watched as his choice gave up the game-losing run while his best reliever sat on the bench.  …

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Game 132 Recap: Tigers 3 Yankees 2

Kelley vs DET

“Stupid glove!!” Courtesy of Getty Images

I’m sure people will say that my quick post about the Yankees beating up on some of the AL’s best aces was a guaranteed jinx for their chances in this afternoon’s series finale against Detroit, and maybe it was.  But then this is why this team has been so maddening to follow and write about this season.  They look like world beaters against one of the best pitchers on the planet one day, they can’t scratch more than 2 across against a rookie and a collection of B-team relievers. That was a big body blow series loss.

I feel like I write the same basic thing about Hiroki Kuroda for every start he makes.  He was pretty good, not great, gave up a few runs on a few hits in a few bad innings and he was out after 6+.  That was the script again today.  2 Detroit singles and a sac fly got them their first run in the 2nd, and Rajai Davis put a good swing on a sinker on the outer half with 2 outs in the 5th to drive home the second run.  …

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