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 143 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 1

Heathcott HR vs TB

So many good faces in this picture. Courtesy of Getty Images

Best win of the season last night?  If not, top 3 at the absolute worst.  Things weren’t looking good for the Yankees heading into the late innings, but then Slade Heathcott bopped a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th to rip the game away from the Rays and hopefully breathe new life into the Yankees’ final 20-game stretch run.

The Yankees had faced Tampa starter Erasmo Ramirez twice before last night’s game and both times he held them at bay, allowing only 1 run in 11 innings pitched.  He bested that and the some last night, twirling 7.2 scoreless, 1-hit innings and holding the Yankee lineup without a hit until that final 8th inning.  He did walk 2 batters, but only 1 of them reached second base and was then double off to end the inning.  Ramirez retired 21 of the first 23 batters he faced going into the 8th and gave up his first hit of the game to Carlos Beltran to lead off that inning.  …

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Game 142 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TOR 0

You might have noticed that I didn’t bother writing a recap for either of yesterday’s games.  That’s mostly because I thought Stacey’s visual recap spoke louder than any of my written words could, and a little bit because I just didn’t feel like it.  I’ll write one today because they won though, and I don’t feel the slightest bit bad about it.

The story of this afternoon’s game was Masahiro Tanaka.  He was top notch in his last start against earlier in the week and he repeated that level of excellence today against the Jays.  Tanaka worked around hits in each of the first 3 innings, then sat the Toronto lineup in order from the 4th through the 6th.  Toronto finally got another hit on a Chris Colabello double in the 7th, but Tanaka snuffed that out before it could become anything.  He got a lot of ground ball outs, he struck out 7 and he didn’t walk anybody.  It was another ace-caliber performance from the no-doubt ace of the staff.…

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Game 139 Quick Recap: TOR 11 NYY 5

Luis Severino wasn’t going to pitch lights out forever.  Every pitcher has a bad start every now and then and Severino had a bad one last night.  Unfortunately for him, and the Yankees, that bad game came against the best offense in baseball and the Yanks got pounded by the Jays in the first game of their 4-game series.

For all intents and purposes, the game was over after the top of the 1st.  Severino couldn’t command his fastball and Toronto went double, homer, strikeout, double, single, homer in the first 6 batters to grab a 5-0 lead.  A pair of walks and a ribbie single by Russell Martin in the top of the 3rd ended Severino’s day and put the game on the arms of the bottom of the Yankee bullpen.

Toronto kept right on scoring against those guys.  They got 2 runs in 1.2 innings against Chris Martin, another run in 2 innings against Andrew Bailey.  Joe changed it up with Chasen Shreve after the offense pulled them back within 4 in the 7th and Toronto bashed him around for their final 2 runs.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/11/15

Long week, busy week.  Probably had to work harder at my real job this week than I ever have since I started this job.  And I really don’t even think I’m doing the job all that well, although I have all but mastered the art of talking too much to make up for the fact that I have no clue what I’m doing/talking about.  Sometimes it takes a massive effort just to reach the ground floor of satisfactory.  Now I know what Stephen Drew’s 2015 season feels like.  Onto the links.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… used Nathan Eovaldi’s elbow injury as a way to reignite the discussion on shortening the MLB season.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB discussed CC Sabathia becoming a much more important piece of the Yankee puzzle down the stretch, for better or for worse.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily recapped the season for the newly formed Pulaski Yankees.

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 9/11/15

That rainout last night kinda sucks, huh?  What was already going to be a difficult series against the Blue Jays this weekend became more difficult, and I think I’d be happy with a split if we’re being honest.  Since there’s no game to recap, let’s catch up on some small stuff.

– Like the new pitching plan.  The Yankees announced last night that Luis Severino will start tonight, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda will start Saturday’s doubleheader in a TBD order, and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Sunday on regular rest.  They’ll probably also have to start Adam Warren next Tuesday after CC starts on Monday.  I actually don’t hate this.  You want your 4 best starters in this important series and those are the Yankees’ 4 best starters right now.

– Still doesn’t sound like Mark Teixeira‘s bruised shin is getting any better.  He was on crutches yesterday, told reporters he still can’t walk without pain, and is reportedly going back for more tests on it.  …

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Game 138 Recap: Orioles 5 Yankees 3

Sabathia vs BAL

The look of a man whose teammates let him down. Courtesy of Getty Images

I wrote about how the starting rotation has been a constant cycle of turnover and drama the other day, and that cycle kept turning last night as CC Sabathia made his return from the DL.  But quality of starting pitching doesn’t really matter if you don’t hit and don’t play defense and the Yankees didn’t do either of those things last night.  That’s why they lost another easily winnable game against the Orioles and why they took a series loss against those lowly Orioles instead of a sweep.

I thought Sabathia looked pretty good last night.  He was throwing his fastball in the low 90s, his offspeed stuff had good movement, and he was generally locating pitches where he wanted to.  He got charged with an earned run in the top of the 1st when Stephen Drew flubbed a potential double play ball and only got 1 out, Didi Gregorius failed to check and go after the lead runner from second thus allowing him to move to third, and Carlos Beltran let a weak bloop fly ball land in front of him for a single.  …

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Game 137 Recap: Orioles 2 Yankees 1


The offense. Courtesy of the AP

With Nathan Eovaldi out, possibly for the rest of the year, there’s added pressure on Masahiro Tanaka to pitch well down the stretch.  If last night’s start was any indication, I think he’ll be just fine with that.  Tanaka turned in a gem, arguably his best start of the season last night, but he ended up doing it in a losing cause as the offense no-showed and Baltimore struck late with a go-ahead home run.

It didn’t take Tanaka long to settle in.  He had his game going from the first pitch and he retired the Orioles in order through the first 4 innings with 5 strikeouts from the 2nd-4th.  He did walk the leadoff hitter in the 5th and a questionable official scorer’s call a few batters later broke up the no-hitter, but Tanaka struck out 2 more and got out of the inning easily.  His fastballs had good movement, he could throw multiple pitches for strike 1, and his offspeed stuff was really sharp.  …

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As The Rotation Turns

It’s been a challenging year for the Yankee starting rotation.  From injury scares to innings limits to uneven performance to forearm strains to unforeseen promotions to undeserved demotions and everything in between.  Yesterday was another chapter in that saga both on and off the field, as Michael Pineda looked terrible in the 2nd inning of his start against the Orioles before rebounding to complete 6 innings and the team announced that Nathan Eovaldi will be out for the next 2 weeks with what’s been called “elbow inflammation”.  Guys getting hurt and missing a few weeks?  That’s basically par for the course for the Yankees this year.

Roll it back to the first month of the season and look what they’ve gone through.  Masahiro Tanaka made 4 starts in April and then went to the DL for a month with right arm problems.  The “he should have had TJS!!” crowd went into overdrive, but Pineda pitched like an ace and helped get the rest of the rotation through that month, highlighting his time at the top of the rotation with a brilliant 16-K performance against the Orioles in May.…

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Game 136 Recap: Yankees 8 Orioles 6

Bird HR vs BAL

Greg Bird, lefty killer. Courtesy of Getty Images

I don’t know what to say to people who aren’t on board with this team yet.  if you don’t enjoy watching and don’t have full confidence in this team at all times, you must live a very sad life.  The Yankees opened up a home set with the Orioles this afternoon and they pulled the comeback card again today, slowly battling back from a rough start for Big Mike before icing the game late with a big blow from the Birdman.

It was a quick start for Michael Pineda, as he retired the side in order in the top of the 1st on fewer than 10 pitches.  But his fastball command was not present in the slightest today, and that lack of command got him in big trouble in the 2nd inning.  He walked Chris Davis to start the inning, gave up a single to Jimmy Paredes, and threw a horrible 0-2 fastball down the pipe Jonathan Schoop that Schoop yanked out to left field for a 3-run home run.  …

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