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

Evaluating A-Rod’s Early Spring Training Performance

There’s no denying that Alex Rodriguez was, is, and will continue to be the focal point of this Yankee Spring Training.  We all knew that was going to happen whether we wanted it to or not, and we all knew that we were going to pick a side on the “for A-Rod” and “against A-Rod” line.  The situation with the MSM crew and the newspaper back pages is what it is when it comes to those sides.  What really matters is whether or not the guy can still play and stay healthy enough to play.  That’s the logical, rational, intelligent stance to take as a fan or writer, and that’s the stance we try to take here at IIATMS in every A-Rod post we write.

With that in mind, and keeping in mind the previous point about A-Rod being the undeniable focal point, I’d like to spend some time analyzing his early spring performance.  It’s a very small sample size, but when you’re talking about a guy attempting a comeback in the context that A-Rod is I think there’s a little more value than usual in those small samples.  …

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Spring Training Game 9 Recap: BAL 3 NYY 1

Aaron Judge

This dive started on the warning track. True story. Courtesy of the AP

In the first of what is hopefully not many starts for the Major League club this year, Chase Whitley took the ball to start this afternoon’s Spring Training square-off with the Baltimore Orioles.  Whitley’s one of the guys who is stretched out to work multiple innings early while guys like Tanaka and CC work at a slower pace, and that’s why he got the nod.  He turned in a perfectly Whitley-esque 3-inning outing and got a lot of strong relief innings from a pretty solid group of scheduled bullpen guys.  But the offense didn’t generate much and the Yanks racked up another meaningless L in the ST W-L column.

Game Notes:

– Whitley’s 3 innings came with 2 hits and 3 walks, but ultimately no runs.  He successfully worked out of the trouble he created for himself and there’s something to be said for that.  Definitely needs to sharpen up the command though.  …

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Spring Training Game 8 Recap: NYY 4 TB 3

Alex Rodriguez

In a word, luscious. Courtesy of the AP

This afternoon’s contest between the Yankees and the Rays brought the opening week of Spring Training game action to a close, and I think it’s fair to say it was a pretty positive first week for the Yanks.  All the guys that matter came through healthy, the starting pitching was pretty good, a lot of young players got to contribute in limited action, and Alex Rodriguez made headlines for his play on the field and his good health, not for corrupting the youth of America or doing/saying things that unnamed sources said unnamed front office members didn’t like.

Today’s game was the 2015 debut for Michael Pineda, and expectations are high for Big Mike this year.  He showed everybody what he’s capable of in his few starts, now the Yankees need him to put together a full, healthy season of that or something like it.  He looked pretty damn good in his first outing today, with following fellow rotation member Nathan Eovaldi looking even better in relief of him.  …

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Monday Morning News And Notes: 3/9/15

I don’t know about y’all, but I didn’t do a damn thing this weekend.  Didn’t even shower until 2-3 PM yesterday.  I was barely following what was going on in the ST games yesterday and Saturday, so this is kind of a catch-up exercise for me more than anything.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 29-pitch, 2-inning sim game on Saturday and once again all reports came back positive.  Joe announced during yesterday’s broadcast that Tanaka will make his ST debut on Thursday.  Sweet.

– As for the rest of that upcoming rotation, here’s what it looks like: Today- Michael Pineda, Tomorrow- Chase Whitley, Wednesday- Chris Capuano, Thursday- Tanaka, Friday- Adam Warren.

– Warren threw 3 innings of 1-run ball in his second ST start yesterday, the 1 run coming on a solo HR on the first pitch of the game.  No walks, 1 K.  Luis Severino also struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances each threw scoreless frames.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 3/6/15

Big old batch of links this week.  HYYYUUUUUUUUGE batch.  I’d love to stay and chit-chat about them, but the girlfriend and I are hosting a beer tasting party tonight (I know, prettay prettay fancy) and I have to finish cleaning the house.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes explained why he isn’t worried about this season.  I won’t go as far as saying I completely share that feeling, but I’m on board with most of it.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud had the full scoop on Luis Severino and Aaron Judge’s big days in the ST opener, including Joe’s takes on each of them and quotes from each player on how they were feeling.

– Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted mused on the possibility of Adam Warren in the rotation.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB previewed the low bar that’s been set this year for Stephen Drew, who coincidentally is quickly becoming public enemy #1 among fans this spring.…

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Imagining The Worst Case Scenario With The Rotation

Whitley vs TOR 2014

If Whitley is back in the rotation, you know it’s all gone wrong. Courtesy of the AP

Yesterday I laid out the rosiest, happiest, best possible best case scenario for the 2015 starting rotation, a starting rotation that we all know is pretty high risk and potentially high reward.  As some commenters were sharp enough to point out, the worst case scenario is the one that has a higher probability of happening and that fact was not lost on me when I wrote up the first post.  I always intended to do the worst case scenario too, even though it’s not something I particularly enjoy writing about.  So if everybody promises to stay calm and help each other through this, we can make our way through this hypothetical worst case scenario together.  Fair enough?  Alright, here we go.

If the best case scenario for Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda involves them staying healthy above all else, then of course the worst case scenario involves them both getting hurt.  …

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Spring Training Game 3 Quick Recap: NYY 2 PIT 1

It was a change of Pennsylvania opponent for the Yankees in their third game of the young Spring Training season this afternoon, and that change brought them their first win of 2015.  Not much to this one really.  Here are the important things:

– Starter Esmil Rogers threw 2 scoreless innings, giving up 1 hit and striking 1 out.  I know a lot of people aren’t high on him, but I could see the Yankees trying to use him in an Alfredo Aceves/Cory Wade-type of role as an emergency starter/low-leverage longman.  If they start the season with him in that spot and he doesn’t deliver in 10-15 innings, cut him.

Chase Whitley followed Rogers with 2 shutout innings of his own, but the standout pitching performance of the day belonged to righty relief prospect Nick Rumbelow.  He struck out the side in the 8th inning, showing off the stuff that brought him from A-ball to SWB last year.…

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Imagining The Best Case Scenario With The Rotation

Tanaka ST 2015 BP

The key to any best case scenario… Courtesy of the AP

The big names in the projected starting rotation aren’t scheduled to make their 2015 spring debuts yet, but we got our first look at one of the members when Nathan Eovaldi made his first ST start yesterday.  He’s one of multiple best case/worst case unknowns in the rotation, and where he and the rest of his rotation mates fall on that case scale could determine whether the Yankees end up having one of the best or worst rotations in baseball this season.

I’ve been pondering how those best case/worst case scenarios might play out for a while now.  It feels like this season more than the last few is one in which the potential for the rotation leans mostly towards the extremes with not much room for a middle ground performance.  Without getting too detailed or statistically-supported in this exercise, I’d like to ramble for a bit on what I’ve been pondering and try to paint a picture of what the best case scenario for the rotation would look like this season.  …

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Thursday Morning News And Notes: 3/5/14

Quick round of ST news bits that we haven’t touched on yet:

– All continues to be well for Masahiro Tanaka this spring.  He threw another trouble-free bullpen session yesterday and the word on the street is that he will make his ST debut a week from today.  Nothing official from the team there yet, but keep your eyes and ears peeled.

– The team confirmed that Carlos Beltran will indeed make his 2015 debut tomorrow and he will do so in right field.  Guess that elbow is feeling OK.

Brendan Ryan is saying he feels good working his way back from a back strain, but the team had him take a day off yesterday after he told them he felt sore.  Something’s not adding up there.

– More early starter announcements, courtesy of Chad Jennings: Bryan Mitchell and Chris Capuano get the split-squad games tomorrow, Scott Baker will go Saturday.  Reminder that Esmil Rogers is the scheduled starter today.…

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