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

Game 34 Recap: Rays 4 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs TB

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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

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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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Injury Updates: Nova And Capuano Scheduled To Pitch Today

The comeback trail continues for the Yankees’ pair of rehabbing starters, as reported by Bryan Hoch yesterday.  Ivan Nova will take another step up in workload with his ExST start, and Capuano could very well be making his last MiL rehab start with SWB this evening.  There isn’t much further to go in terms of workload once you reach 6 innings/90 pitches, so as long as he comes through the start healthy there’s reason to think that Capuano could rejoin the rotation within the next week.

If that happens, the obvious candidate to get bumped is Adam Warren.  He’s turned back into the hittable, short-inning, low strikeout pitcher he was in his first few starts after that 1-run start against Tampa at the end of April, and with David Carpenter still sputtering and Chris Martin on the DL, there’s room for another reliable middle relief arm.  …

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Game 33 Recap: Yankees 11 Rays 5

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Michael Pineda set the bar for starters pretty damn high with his performance on Sunday afternoon, and while nobody was expecting that or anything like it from CC Sabathia last night, it would have been nice to see him put a decent start together.  Emotions are starting to run a little bit higher in Yankeeland relative to CC’s struggles and inability to successfully adapt to life as a different pitcher.  Another bad start on the heels of Pineda’s dominance would only serve to fuel those flames.

So naturally CC came out, walked the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, and gave up what would have been a 2-run double to Logan Forsythe to center field.  The only thing that saved him was Steven Souza forgetting how to run the bases and getting thrown out at home, which limited the scoring to 1.  CC got a strikeout to end the threat, but it wasn’t the kind of start that inspired confidence.…

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Game 32 Quick Recap: NYY 6 BAL 2

Two words: Big Mike.  That’s all you need to know to know what this afternoon’s game was all about.  Michael Pineda was a man on fire today, striking out 16 in 7 1-run innings to lead his team to another game and series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t walk a batter and his only blemish was a solo home run by JJ Hardy in the 2nd.  He was spectacular.

The offensive charge in support of him was led by Carlos Beltran.  No really, it was.  Beltran went 2-2 with 2 BB and his first home run of the year.  That got the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the 4th and sparked a 4-run inning against Bud Norris, capped off by a 2-run double off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Yanks tacked on runs in the 5th (Brian McCann solo homer) and the 7th (Didi Gregorius RBI double), and that was more than enough for Pineda and Dellin Betances.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/8/15

Big weekend for your boy this weekend.  Heading to Chicago on Saturday to go to this year’s American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  A whole mess of craft breweries from all over the country setting up shop on Soldier Field and serving up as many beer samples as you can drink.  If the weather cooperates and doesn’t dump rain on me, it should turn into a nice little drunk Saturday.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Katie Sharp of RAB analyzed the ever-improving Michael Pineda changeup that is helping to push him to the next level this season.

– El duque of It Is High.. continued his hot streak of ideas by proposing some things the Yankees could do to celebrate A-Rod’s 666th home run.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the wildly productive and statistically mystifying start to Mark Teixeira’s season. I talked about this a little bit on Twitter earlier today (hint hint).…

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Game 29 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

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What better way to get over your first series loss in a while than by starting the next series off with a win back at home?  That’s just what the Yankees did last night as they welcomed Baltimore to town for the first time this year.  The game was too close for comfort all night, but they finally held onto the last lead they took to get this weekend 4-piece kicked off right.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start last night and he was about as Nathan Eovaldi as you’d expect.  He could get ahead but he couldn’t put anybody away.  He could blow a fastball by you early in the count and then miss with one badly with 2 strikes and give up a hit on it later in the count.  It’s becoming very clear that Eovaldi still has a lot of work to do, and his development into a more refined, effective, consistent pitcher could be slow.  …

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Thursday Morning Food For Thought: CC’s Struggles With The Batting Order Are Mind Bottling

Sabathia vs TOR 2015

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Besides the loss and the continued command struggles, the 2 stories to come out of CC Sabathia‘s latest start were the glaring lack of run support he’s received and the incredibly difficult time he had dealing with the bottom of the Toronto order.  The run support isn’t something CC has control over, so I’m not going to waste time and keystrokes discussing that.  How opposing hitters do against him is something he can control, to a degree, and last night was bizarro world in terms of effectiveness.

Against the top 4 spots in the lineup last night, 4 spots inhabited by 2 guys hitting at or around .300 and 2 of the most dangerous right-handed power hitters in the American League, Sabathia fared very well.  Those spots went a combined 1-12 against him with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Against the bottom 5, however, it was a different story.  That group went a combined 8-15 with 2 XBH and 2 K, including a 3-3 showing by someone named Chris Colabello and the Russell Martin home run.…

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Game 28 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 1

The Yankees got themselves back on the path of victory on Tuesday night thanks in large part to a lights out pitching performance by Michael Pineda.  I’m no longer greedy enough to ask for something identical from CC Sabathia, but something like a “too dimly lit to read” pitching performance from him would have been nice.  It definitely would have gone a long way in helping to secure the Yankees’ 6th straight series victory.  Instead we got more of what’s become the new normal for CC and a disappointing L to send the team to Baltimore for the weekend.

Sabathia’s troubles started early.  A bunt single and a double by the first 2 Toronto batters put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and a misplaced slider to Ezequiel Carrera turned into a 2-run single and a lead that Toronto would never relinquish.  They tacked on another run in the 4th on a leadoff single by Russell Martin, a balk, and a Chris Colabello ribbie single on another poorly-located slider, and another in the 6th on a solo home run by Martin.  …

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