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 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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Quick Hit: Continued Appreciation Of The Shreve/Wilson Lefty Tandem

Way back in the middle of June, I wrote a post about the changing of the bullpen hierarchy and heaped a bunch of praise onto Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson for the work they had done up to that point.  They’ve been rewarded for those strong performances by having their spots in the Joe Girardi Circle of Trust solidified and continuing to get regular high-leverage work.  Shreve and Wilson are probably the 2 and 2A setup relievers behind Dellin Betances, and Shreve turned in a nice 8th inning yesterday in which he struck out Miguel Sano on a nasty changeup.

Since July 1st, Shreve has a 2.65 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 17.0 innings pitched over 17 appearances.  He’s been a tad more homer prone and has walked a few more batters in that timespan, but he’s still got a 2.05/3.75 ERA/FIP split for the season with a 28.8% BB rate.  In 8.2 innings of high leverage work, batters are hitting .111/.207/.115 against him.…

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The Future Is (Finally) Now For The Yankees

At this time last year, Greg Bird was a few weeks into his promotion from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton.  Yesterday he was batting 5th and starting at first base in the Yankees’ Major League lineup, and hitting 2 2-run home runs to propel the Bombers to a series sweep of the Twins.

At this time last year, Luis Severino was also with the Trenton Thunder and was in the process of returning from the DL and making a few short starts before the end of the Minor League season.  This year he’s already a key part of the Major League rotation after getting called up 2 weeks ago, and in his last start on Sunday he mostly held the best offense in baseball down for 6 innings using only his fastball.

For years Yankee fans have called for the team to re-commit to player development and build the franchise from within.  The game has changed since the late 90s-early 2000s heyday of using big free agent signings and blockbuster trade deadline deals to build a winning team, and the Yankees were among the last teams to recognize that and get with the times.  …

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Game 119 Recap: Yankees 4 Twins 3

Bird HR vs MIN I

/in Dan Le Batard’s voice

GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!!!

Bird HR vs MIN II

GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

Bird HR vs MIN III

GIVE IT TO ME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bird HR vs MIN IV

This afternoon was glorious.  Simply glorious.  Greg Bird officially arrived on the national scene, hitting 2 home runs, accounting for 100% of the team’s offensive output, and leading the Yankees to a sweep of perennial punching bag Minnesota.  Don’t worry about rushing back from that shin bruise, Sexy Teixy.  #GREGBIRD’s got this.

Before we even get to the real slurping of Bird, let’s take a few words and acknowledge the sneaky great start turned in by Nathan Eovaldi today.  He did get charged with 3 runs in his 7 innings of work, but that really boiled down to a bad pitch to Joe Mauer that Mauer hit for a 2-run single in the 6th.  Other than that one bad inning, Eovaldi was a hoss.  He set the Twins down in order through the first 5 innings, overwhelming them with a mix of 100-MPH heat, low-90s splitters, and just enough offspeed stuff to keep hitters honest.  …

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Game 118 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 4

A-Rod HR vs MIN

The newest addition to Stacey’s A-Rod photo collection. Courtesy of Getty Images

Freakin’ A-Rod, man.  He is just the best.  He picked the perfect time break out of his recent slump last night, pummeling a go-ahead grand slam late in the game to pull the Yankees out of the jaws of defeat and propel them to what became a comfortable victory.

That slump was still fully engaged for his first 3 at-bats of the night.  Alex made outs with runners on base in the 1st and 3rd innings, and popped out to second base to lead off the 6th.  He was arguably the most stagnant part of a very stagnant offense over the first 6 innings.  About the best thing they did was make Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey work hard and throw a lot of pitches to get through 5.1 innings.  The lone run they generated came on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird RBI single in the 4th.

CC Sabathia was back on the mound after his little Toronto nightclub whatever thing, and he looked like the CC of old for most of the night.  …

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Game 117 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 7 (10 Innings)

Walk-Off vs MIN

“Sweet walk-off groundout, bro!? Courtesy of the AP

Where do you even start with last night’s game?  There were all kinds of unusual things happening, both really good and really bad, and somehow the Yankees came out on the winning side of it in extras.  Definitely not how you draw it up, but whatever.  We’ll take it.

Let’s start with the most important event of last night’s game, Bryan Mitchell getting struck in the face with a liner and leaving the game in the top of the 2nd.  It happened with 2 on and 2 out and came off the bat of former Yankee Eduardo Nunez (more from him later), and you could see on replay that Mitchell never had time to see the ball or react to it.  The ball appeared to strike him near the right eye and he went down immediately.  There was a lot of blood, and although he walked off the field under his own power, he did so without removing a towel from his face.  …

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Pineda Update: Throws Three Innings In First Rehab Start

While the rotation continues to get by just fine without him, Michael Pineda took another step towards rejoining that rotation last ngith by making a rehab start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.  He worked 3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while walking none and striking out none.  He threw 42 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.

Pineda was scheduled for either 3 innings or 45 pitches, whichever came first, so he reached his desired work level last night.  According to the reports I saw on Twitter, he was mostly low 90s with his fastball and he touched the mid-90s on a few pitches.  Talking to Nicolas Stellini after the game, Pineda expressed confidence in the fastball but added “I need to work on my slider and my changeup.”  That’s not uncommon for a pitcher who’s had his normal throwing routine interrupted and nothing that can’t be worked out with another rehab start or 2.

As for that next rehab start, I imagine it will come sometimes later this week.  …

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Game 116 Quick Recap: TOR 3 NYY 1

The smart thing to say about this series is that the Yankees still came away from it with 2 wins in 3 games and the division lead back, but after taking the first 2 and getting a really good start from Luis Severino, you wanted to be greedy and get the sweep.  Severino definitely pitched well enough to get a win this afternoon, but an unfortunate outfield incident, a few bad pitches, and the offense falling victim to Drew Hutchison‘s bizarre homefield advantage combined to give Toronto something to show for themselves.

Severino was filthy today.  Absolutely filthy.  And he did it all almost exclusively on his 4-seam fastball.  He threw it to both sides of the plate and up and down in the zone, moving batters’ feet and getting them to swing through a lot of pitches they couldn’t keep up with.  He mostly overpowered a lineup of dangerous power hitters and struck out 9 in his 6 innings of work.…

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Game 115 Quick Recap: NYY 4 TOR 1

You know what the best part about stealing a game on the road to re-take the division lead is?  It’s coming back the next day and getting another win behind a lights out performance from your staff ace.  That’s exactly what the Yankees did this afternoon to gain another game on the Jays and set themselves up for a payback sweep tomorrow.

Masahiro Tanaka was great today.  He had all of his pitches working, he worked efficiently through the first half of the game, and he seemed to get better as the day went on.  Toronto got to him for a run in the 5th after he walked Ryan Goins on 4 pitches to start the inning and loaded the bases before recording an out, but that was the best and really only chance they would get.  They would manage just a single baserunner over the final 4 innings and Tanaka picked up 5 of his 8 strikeouts in that timespan.  …

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