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.

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Game 39 Recap: Royals 6 Yankees 0

Capuano vs KC

Welcome back, or something. Courtesy of the AP

Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time.  They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they’ve been for the better part of this week.  Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one.  It didn’t help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike’s 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.

Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you’re talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn’t take them long to figure him out.  He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd.  …

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Game 38: Bust This Slump

It’s been a mostly ugly week for the Yankees.  They’ve lost close games and they’ve lost blowouts on their way to 4 straight losses, and it sure would be nice to see the offense wake up tonight and carry the team to a victory to break out of this little slump.  It might take that with CC Sabathia on the mound because you just never know with him these days.  Here’s the Brett Gardner-less lineup that will be behind him tonight:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Chris Young- LF
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Carlos Beltran- RF
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) Jose Pirela- 2B
8) Stephen Drew- SS
9) John Ryan Murphy- C

This is your game thread if you’re not oot and aboot this evening.  As always, go Yankees!

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Game 37 Quick Recap: KC 12 NYY 1

If he had the goods to strike out 16 Orioles his last time out, Michael Pineda should have been good for at least 9 or 10 Royals last night in the series opener.  At least he should have been good for that if he had the same filthy slider he was sporting last Sunday, but that slider was strangely absent from his arsenal and Pineda ended up following his best start of the season with his worst.  Because the Yankees have decided to take this week off from hitting, it added up to a very 1-sided loss.

Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain got the scoring started for KC in the bottom of the 1st with a pair of back-to-back doubles.  They teamed up again for the second Royals run in the 3rd when Moustakas tripled and Cain hit a sac fly to bring him home.  Pineda was able to keep KC at 2 through 5 innings, but he really had to battle to do it.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/15/15

It’s a good thing the Rangers pulled it out the other night in Game 7.  Not because I no longer have to live with the personal disappointment and shame of knowing I missed my last opportunity to watch them this season, but because now I get the chance to wash my Rangers shirt before the next series.  I went no wash for the first 2 rounds and that made for some moderate funkiness during the last few games of the Caps series.  Fresh wash tonight, clean start for the ECF tomorrow.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley mused on the need for Jorge Posada to get over himself.  I would have loved to see the version of this that came out today after the rest of Jorge’s nonsense this week.

– On Wednesday, Katie Sharp of RAB dug into Carlos Beltran’s offensive turnaround this month to see how legitimate it’s been.

– El duque of It Is High… declared the Rob Refsnyder countdown clock officially started, and who am I to argue with him?…

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Game 36 Quick Recap: TB 6 NYY 1

The less said about this game the better.  Chase Whitley didn’t look good and didn’t last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury.  Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights.

The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez.  When I say I’ve never heard of this dude, I’m not kidding.  He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I’ve never heard of for another 4.  They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th.  You can’t put enough lipstick on that pig.

It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series.  No doubt about that.  The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too.  …

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Game 35 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2

Teix Out vs TB

Out. Courtesy of the AP

When you get 7 innings and 3 ER from your 5th starter, you should win the game.  When you get that starting pitching performance and have your offense going up against the guy who came into last night leading the AL in Hard Contact %, you should definitely win the game.  The Yankees didn’t win the game last night, falling for the second straight time for the first time in a long time.

The start of the game was eerily similar to the other night.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on to set the table, heart of the order singles them in.  Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.  And just like the other night, they never scored again.  They had plenty of opportunities.  They left a runner at third with 1 out in the 2nd, ended up stranding 2 in the 5th on a bad decision to send Mark Teixeira home on a single, and had at least 1 man on base in 7 of the 9 innings.  …

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Wednesday Afternoon News And Notes: 5/13/15

Lots going on in Yankeeland these days outside of the on-field stuff.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday at The Trop and all went well.  He said he felt no pain in his wrist or forearm and he reportedly threw all his pitches.  Chad Jennings had video.  He’s about halfway through his estimated 1-month recovery period.

– Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are planning on using Stephen Drew as the backup to Chase Headley at third base and limiting Alex Rodriguez to DH duty going forward.  Joe explained that it was about keeping A-Rod healthy, and I imagine the little hamstring issue from Monday night had something to do with that decision, whether Joe admits it or not.

Say what you want about Drew, but it’s hard to argue with a plan designed to keep A-Rod healthy and keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible.  That’s where all his value comes from anyway.…

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Game 34 Recap: Rays 4 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs TB

Nasty Nate’s angry face. Courtesy of Getty Images

Give the Yankees credit.  Even though they don’t lose a lot these days, they still manage to make each less extra frustrating.  If that’s their way of making up for playing so well for the last month, I guess I appreciate the effort in keeping my emotions balanced.  They jumped out to an early lead against Tampa ace Chris Archer last night, only to sputter offensively and cough up the lead in the late innings.

That early lead was very early, as in “scoring multiple runs in the 1st inning again” type of early.  Single-Single-Walk from the red hot top of the order loaded the bases to start the game and Brian McCann singled in Jacoby Ellsbury to get New York on the board.  Carlos Beltran followed up with a a ribbie single of his own to make it 2-0, but the inning stalled when Chase Headley, Stephen Drew, and Garrett Jones failed to bring in even 1 more run with their 3 outs.  …

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Yankees Using The Simplest Formula In The Book To Drive Their Offensive Success

Teix-A-Rod vs BAL

Bash bros. Courtesy of Getty Images

I made this point on Twitter earlier today, but since not everybody in the world has had the good sense to follow me yet I figured it was worth expounding on here.  The Yankees are the cat’s meow right now.  They’re all that and a bag of chips.  They’re 18-6 in their last 24 games, at 21-12 they now own the best record in the American League, and they’re 4 games clear of Tampa Bay in the division with the chance to put more room in between themselves and the Rays tonight.

With all due respect to Michael Pineda and the ace relief duo of Betances & Miller, this blazing hot run has been driven by the insanely productive top of the batting order.  Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira have been the 4 best position players on the team thus far, and that’s reflected in all 4 of them currently ranking inside the top 25 in the American League in wRC+.  …

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