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

Looking At The Short And Long-Term Implications Of CC’s Latest Knee Injury

While we’ve all been calling for CC Sabathia‘s removal from the starting rotation for some time now, I don’t think any of us were rooting for an injury to be the reason he got removed.  Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened yesterday and now the Yankees are left to scramble again to keep their pitching staff whole while Sabathia is likely to hit the DL and ponder where he goes from here.

The condition of Sabathia’s right knee has been a red flag all year, with 2 drainings having already taken place and a cortisone shot administered recently.  In Andrew Marchand’s article on the injury yesterday afternoon, Sabathia himself basically admitted that he’s been protecting the knee all season and that his decision to say “screw it” and pitch as hard as he could without focusing on protecting it was the reason for his recent uptick in velocity.  There’s a lot of moving parts to this latest setback, so let’s break it down in terms of short and long-term effects to make it more manageable.…

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Game 123 Quick Recap: CLE 4 NYY 3

CC Injury vs CLE

Not the type of meeting on the mound you want to see. Courtesy of Getty Images

A win this afternoon and a series split would have been OK after losing the first 2 games.  It also would have been a cool way to end the weekend with back-to-back W’s on Jorge Day and Andy Pettitte Day.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards, as another mostly non-existent offensive performance and more shoddy late-game relief work combined to give the Indians just enough to take the game and the series.

The big story of the day was CC Sabathia and his early exit.  CC didn’t look good from the start, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st on a monster Carlos Santana home run and putting 8 men on base (4 hits, 4 walks) in 2.2 innings.  On the pitch that recorded the eighth out, Sabathia appeared to hurt himself and immediately left the game.  We came to find out that it’s another problem with his right knee and the bullpen was left with a crapton of work to do.…

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BREAKING: CC Sabathia Leaves Start With Right Knee Injury (UPDATED)

CC Sabathia has exited his start this afternoon after apparently injuring himself on a pitch in the top of the 3rd inning.  He struck out the batter on a fastball with the pitch and looked uncomfortable as he completed his delivery and came off the mound.  Joe and the trainer came out to check on him immediately and he left the game with little discussion.

It was hard to tell what the injury was watching replays of the pitch.  Sabathia didn’t appear to land funny on his bad right knee and he didn’t grab at anything or strain his body in any way.  Whatever it was, it had to be pretty serious, as CC has pitched through knee and hamstring injuries before.  As poorly as he’s pitched this year, he has been better lately working on extra rest and the Yankee rotation is already a man down without Pineda.  Further injuries to the rotation do not help, even if they happen to the weakest link of that rotation.…

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Game 122 Quick Recap: NYY 6 CLE 2

McCann-A-Rod vs CLE

This picture made me laugh. Courtesy of the AP

It was Jorge Posada Day at The Stadium today.  Nice job by the Yankees to not ruin it and snap that horrid 2-game losing streak.  Some of you guys in the comments were getting a little panicky again, so I’m hopeful this righting of the ship did a little to calm you down.

It was a damn home run fest in the 1st inning.  Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot off of Luis Severino to put the Indians on the board in the top half, and Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each took Danny Salazar yard in the bottom.  Gardner’s homer came with Jacoby Ellsbury on base, and the Yankees were staked to a 3-1 lead.

They added to that lead with a pair of manufactured runs in the bottom of the second.  2 singles from the bottom of the order set the table, a throwing error by Salazar on an Ellsbury grounder brought in the first run, and a Carlos Beltran sac fly brought in the second.…

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Pineda Update: Throws 4.2 Innings For Triple-A SWB

Michael Pineda made his second MiL rehab start last night, pitching for Triple-A SWB and pitching much more like the guy we’re used to seeing.  On a pitch count of 65, Pineda threw 62 in 4.2 innings of 1-run ball.  He gave up 3 hits, struck out 3, and didn’t walk a batter, working low 90s with his fastball again and throwing much sharper offspeed stuff than he did in his previous start.

Via Chad Jennings, Pineda threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen after coming out of the game, so he did reach 72 total pitches on his count.  Joe wouldn’t commit to a next step when speaking with the media after the Yankees’ loss, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that next start came with the big league club.  If Pineda’s good for 90-ish pitches, that could get him through 6 innings and that would be good enough working in a 6-man rotation turn with roster expansions around the corner.…

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Game 121 Quick Recap: CLE 7 NYY 3

There are 3 fundamental parts to playing baseball: hitting, pitching, and fielding.  You don’t necessarily have to do all 3 of them well to win a game, but it helps if you do at least one of them well.  Last night the Yankees didn’t do any of them well and lost their second straight game to the last place Indians.  Let’s recap it in terms of how bad they were in all 3 parts, eh?

Bad Hitting- Just as they did the last time they faced him, the Yankee lineup got dominated by Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.  He struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and only gave up 1 run, which came in the 4th on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single.  The Yanks did scratch 2 across in the bottom of the 8th, but one of those runs was unearned on an error.  They didn’t make much hard contact against Cleveland pitching and Beltran’s double was the only XBH.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/21/15

By the time this posts, I’ll most likely be napping.  Sleep cycles have been abysmal this week.  Let’s get right to the links, shall we?

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked at A-Rod’s recent slump to see if there was a root cause.  Hopefully the last few games are a sign that he’s coming out of it.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley used Luis Severino’s SSS results to show how he’s been better than any other trade option the Yankees could have pursued to help the rotation.

– On Wednesday, David Laurila of FanGraphs interviewed David Cone and got his thoughts on a variety of pitching topics.  Cone is the best of the YES broadcast lineup and a friend of the blog, so naturally this is a must-read for any intelligent Yankee fan.

– On Thursday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog used his disastrous June 16th outing as a dividing point for Nathan Eovaldi’s season and broke down the changes and improvements he’s made since then.

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Quick Hit: What’s Up With Brett Gardner?

Brett Gardner went 0-4 at the plate last night, his second straight 0-4 game and the continuation of what has become a prolonged second half slump.  Gardner is hitting just .200/.288/.215 in August after a .247/.369/.341 July that was his worst offensive month to date.  Gardner has a history of wearing down physically and seeing his production level drop in the second half, and Matt called out that drop in production last Monday.  So what’s up with Gardner?  Is he hurt?  Is he tired?  Is he just slumping?

Gardner Spray Chart 4-6 15

Gardner Spray Chart 7-8 15

Those are Gardner’s spray charts from April through June and July through today of this season.  In terms of BIP distribution, there hasn’t been a noticeable difference.  Part of what has made Gardner a better offensive player is his ability to hit to all fields.  His power is almost exclusively to the pull side, but he can go the other way for hits with the best of them.

What really jumps out in comparing the 2 samples is the dramatic drop in pull power from the first 3 months to the last 2.  …

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Game 120 Recap: Indians 3 Yankees 2

Joe Ejection vs CLE

Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees looked like they had things going in the right direction again after a road series victory over the Jays and a sweep of Minnesota to kick off a 10-game homestand.  That forward momentum hit a speed bump last night, as the Indians came into town, got to Ivan Nova early, and held on late for a 1-run win.

Nova was not at his best last night.  Command was the issue again and he didn’t really have any consistent feel for his fastballs or his curveball.  He couldn’t drop his sinker down in the zone for strikes, he was missing off the corners with his 4-seamer, and he threw a lot of flat curveballs that caught too much of the plate.  Cleveland got to him for a run in the 2nd on a leadoff walk and a double, another run in the 3rd on a pair of singles, and another in the 4th on a 2-out walk, single, single rally.  …

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