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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McCann Diagnosed With Mild Concussion, Could Head To The DL (UPDATED)

Other than the Carlos Beltran grand slam, the biggest thing to happen in last night’s game was Brian McCann‘s early exit with what the team has called a mild concussion.  He took a foul tip off his mask in the 3rd inning, and according to Chad Jennings, was removed from the game in the 6th after telling Joe he didn’t feel “quite right.”

No decision has been made on whether or not McCann will go on the 7-day concussion DL.  The plan was to have him undergo some tests this morning at The Stadium and then decide.  He’s obviously not in today’s lineup and I’m sure we’ll find out more either before or after the game.  With Teix still feeling the effects of his finger injury, the middle of the lineup will be without 2 of its big bats.

** UPDATE 12:09 PM- Via Bryan Hoch, McCann has been placed on the 7-day concussion DL and the team has called up Austin Romine.  

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/8/14

I’m playing in my buddy’s sister’s charity golf tournament this afternoon.  It’s the one and only time a year I golf.  I’ve played in this thing the last few years, so I’ve got my system down by now.  3 drinks in before first hole, a 12-pack in the cooler for the full round, and I’m usually happy enough to forget that I don’t like golf and hit a few good shots.  Closed out our round last year with an uphill, left-to-right 25-footer.  No big deal.  If you can’t get out to enjoy the nice weather wherever you are on this Friday afternoon, here’s some reading material:

- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas applauded Brett Gardner and his top-tier efforts in keeping the Yankees in the playoff hunt.

- On Wednesday, Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs investigated Brett Gardner’s hitting approach to see what he’s changed to hit for more power.

- Pat Jordan of Sports On Earth looked at the history and the evolution of the overhand curveball.

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Sorting Through The 30 Pitchers Used This Season

You can never have enough pitching.  Everybody who follows baseball knows that saying.  While it may ring true, it’s usually not a good thing to test how much pitching your organization has.  The Yankees have been finding that out the hard way since mid-April.  Injuries, inconsistent performance, and the constant need to shuffle roster spots has created a carousel of new arms joining, leaving, and sometimes re-joining the pitching staff.  As of yesterday, the Yankees had used an MLB-high 30 different pitchers this season.  They’ve used 11 different starters and will roll out a 12th tonight.

Over the course of 114 games and that many pitchers, it’s easy to forget 1 or 2.  There are names included in that 30 that I’m sure people never thought they’d see pitching in a Yankee uniform and a few that some people probably never heard of before they did.  As a helpful guide to the bevy of right and left hands that have flung baseballs towards home plate for the Yankees in 2014, here’s a breakdown and recap of all 30.  …

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Quick Hit: David Ortiz Sees Your Lightheadedness And Raises You…

… “Wet playing surface.”  That’s a new one.  Blows Teix right out of the water.  Because someone who’s not exactly in possession of cat-like quickness at first base, hardly ever runs hard on any ball hit to anywhere, and has one of the slowest, if not the slowest, home run trots in all of baseball is a prime candidate to be affected by wet ground conditions.  You could be playing baseball on an ice rink and chances are good that Big Sloppi wouldn’t stumble once.  That’s the benefit of moving that slowly.

Far be it for me to question the strategy, but that probably doesn’t help your cause in getting those last 2 team option years picked up in 2016 and 2017, big guy.  And we all know how much you love your money.  That’s why we at IIATMS came up with a helpful solution to make sure wet playing surfaces aren’t an issues again.  …

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Game 114 Recap: Yankees 1 Tigers 0

Headley-Ichiro vs DET

Courtesy of Getty Images

One of the higher-ups at my company is from Detroit and so naturally is a Tigers fan.  We talked about this series on Monday afternoon and I half-jokingly told him that if the betting line was 10 total runs for the Yankees in the 4 games, I’d take the under.  They didn’t beat that by much, managing 11 in the 4-game set, but that 11 was enough to take 3 of 4 from the AL Central leaders thanks to outstanding starting pitching and that helped hold the Tiger offense to 6 runs in 39 innings.  Shane Greene got the start in this afternoon’s series finale and turned in one of the best starts of the year by a pitcher not named Tanaka.

Greene’s sinker/slider combo was as sharp as it’s been all season and he made a Miggy-less lineup look helpless in his 8(!!) shutout(!!!!) innings.  He was rarely in trouble, and when he was he worked out of it with well-executed pitches and well-timed double play balls.  …

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Injury News: 8/7/14

A couple updates on the less healthier members of the 40-man roster:

- Mark Teixeira left last night’s game after the challenged play at the plate.  He cut his left pinky finger sliding into home, badly enough that it required stitches.  An MRI revealed no breaks though, so he will sit out today’s game and then be re-evaluated.

- Michael Pineda threw a side session at The Stadium yesterday and is scheduled for his next MiL rehab start this Friday.  The team has said he will not be considered for David Phelps‘ spot on Friday, but could be after this next start.  His targeted pitch count is 75-80.

- Masahiro Tanaka threw again on Tuesday as a follow-up to his 25-light throw session on Monday.  This time it was 50 throws from 60 feet and the throws were a little bit harder than Monday.

- CC Sabathia‘s knee surgery last week revealed a bone spur, which was removed as part of the procedure.  …

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Game 113 Recap: Yanks 5 Tigers 1

Headley HR vs DET

Insert obligatory “It’s Headley!” reference here. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees were 1-1 against recent Cy Young Award winners in the first half of this series.  Last night they improved to 2-1 and set themselves up for an improbable series victory as Chris Capuano outdueled Justin Verlander and the offense provided some late insurance.

Capuano was positively brilliant in his 6.2 innings of work.  The only run he allowed came in the top of the 1st thanks to a Derek Jeter error, a wild pitch, and a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly.  After that it was smooth sailing for the veteran lefty thanks to his his changeup.  He stifled the Tiger lineup with it all night and limited them to 5 measly hits while striking out 8 and walking 1.

Verlander looked like his old self early, working the first run through the order perfectly.  It wasn’t until Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center with 2 outs in the 4th that the Yankees got their first base runner, but once they did that they did just enough against the new Verlander to take back the lead.  …

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Mid-Week Linkaround: 8/6/14

- On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into Adam Warren’s regression and how it may be influencing the way Joe uses him.

- On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes advocated for bringing Michael Pineda back quickly as a way to replace David Phelps in the rotation.

- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley made a case for the Yankees re-signing Brandon McCarthy after this season.  It’s a very strong case and I’m inclined to agree with him.

- Earlier this morning, Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the Matt Thornton move and what the Yankees might do as a follow-up with the money they saved.

- From the IIATMS team, William Tasker discussed Ichiro’s drop in production and whether or not it’s been good enough for him to keep his roster spot yesterday.

- On Monday, I kicked around some of the Phelps replacement options.

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Game 112 Quick Recap: DET 4 NYY 3

Brian McCann, Hiroki Kuroda

Courtesy of the AP

The need for extra relief help is obvious when you look at the kind of length the Yankees have been getting from their rotation and got last night from Hiroki Kuroda.  But when it gets to extra innings and your last available option is Matt Daley, the writing’s kinda on the wall.  Daley gave up the game-losing dinger in the 12th to spoil a very winnable game.

I’m not sure how fair it is to reference the Yankees’ history against David Price when half their starting lineup was playing in the NL last year, but those new guys seemed to do just fine against him.  Brian McCann popped a solo HR off him in the 2nd and Martin Prado did the same in the 5th for 2 of the 3 New York runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the third in the 3rd.

Hirok gave up a run in the 1st on a pair of singles and a sac fly, but was otherwise cruising early.  …

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