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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Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0

With the regular season a little more than a week away, it’s fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more.  This afternoon’s game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard.  The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching.  It was a solid all-around team win.

The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi.  He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base.  He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.

Offensively, it was Chase Headley‘s turn to carry the torch again.  His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day.  …

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Spring Training Game 28: Yankees-Astros

It’s already been a busy day in Yankeeland and the game doesn’t start for another half hour.  The Yanks made some roster moves this morning, sending Kyle Davies and Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A and releasing Scott Baker, and they received another injury scare when Mark Teixeira took a pitch off the knee in his MiL game a little while ago.  It doesn’t sound serious, but reporters are all over it right now and Joe said he’d get back with the media when he knew more.

As for the game, it will feature Alex Rodriguez at first base for the first time this spring, as Joe continues to experiment with his $64 million man and see how much he can get out of him.  The rest of the starting lineup playing alongside A-Rod is as follows:

1) Brendan Ryan- SS
2) Chase Headley- 3B
3) John Ryan Murphy- C
4) A-Rod- 1B
5) Stephen Drew- 2B
6) Rob Refsnyder- DH
7) Ramon Flores- RF
8) Slade Heathcott- CF
9) Jonathan Galvez- LF

SP) Nathan Eovaldi

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM local time.  …

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Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 3/28/15

Anybody got anything fun planned for this weekend?  The Whole Foods in downtown Milwaukee is hosting a big beer tasting event today with 40-some odd breweries showing up to give out samples of some new stuff and free brats on hand.  It’s like all of the foundation blocks of Milwaukee culture coming together at the same time.  It’s like somebody read my thoughts while I was sleeping and then put an event together that satisfies many of my basic needs and desires.  A 4-hour event that basically encourages my gluttony.  Should be a helluva time.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits searched around for some potential trade partners if the Yankees are trying to move Austin Romine.  San Diego seems like the most obvious match.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB previewed the different potential paths for Adam Warren and Esmil Rogers this season.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud had the whole story on Masahiro Tanaka’s plan to mix in more 2-seamers this season.

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Quick Hit: Ellsbury Swings A Bat

Well there’s some good news!  I said earlier in the week it would be nice to know something about Ellsbury’s condition and when he was going to return to baseball activities, and lo and behold we’ve gotten a lot of information in that department over the last few days.

A return to game action next week would be more good news and provide further reassurance that Ellsbury will actually be ready for Opening Day.  We’ll see how things progress for the rest of this week, but it seems like the worry meter can be turned down on Jake.

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Thursday Morning Velo News And Notes: 3/26/15

- Dellin Betances’ velo!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“But Betances’ heater hasn’t warmed up this spring. And that’s led to results not exactly befitting of a man who appeared on the fast track to become Mariano Rivera‘s longterm replacement as Yankees closer…

His fastball only reached 94 mph, according to the notoriously generous YES Network radar gun.”

- Masahiro Tanaka’s velo!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“What was worrisome was the admission by Tanaka that he did not have full confidence in his fastball, and the nagging suspicion that the real reason why Tanaka has not cut loose is fear. The fear that to really let fly with a fastball will cause pain in his torn UCL, which the Yankees chose to rehabilitate without surgery last year — or pain, which Tanaka, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild all insist is not there.”

Also from those articles:

– Betances had pitched almost twice as many innings at this time last year (10.1) as he has this year (5.1), and he was pitching low-mid 90s then just like he is now.…

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Spring Training Game 23 Recap: NYY 9 DET 8

Bye, Esmil. Courtesy of the AP

Joe said he wanted to make a decision on his 5th starter by the end of this week, so last night was a very important start for Esmil Rogers.  He looked shaky at best his last time out, and same as Bryan Mitchell he was going up against a really good start by Adam Warren the last time Warren took the mound.

He was facing the regular Detroit Tiger lineup that was full of tough and dangerous hitters and he didn’t fair very well against them.  He got hit early and hit often in the 1st inning and escaped with only 1 run against him.  He got hit again in the top of the 2nd, exacerbated that problem by committing a fielding error, couldn’t finish off the inning with 2 outs, and got tagged for 4 more runs.  It was not a good outing.

The Yankee lineup chipped in a bunch of small contributions that were enough to keep them within striking distance in the bottom of the 9th, and once again it was the young guys coming up with the big hits to get the W.  …

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Tuesday Afternoon Food For Thought: Taking A Flier On Jhoulys Chacin

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the Colorado Rockies released right-hander Jhoulys Chacin over the weekend.  I say somewhat surprising because the Rockies are always starved for starting pitching, Chacin is only 27 and has a modest track record of success with them when healthy, and he came at a reasonable price of $5.5 mil for this season, his final one of team control.

What makes the move understandable from the Rockies’ standpoint is the miserable and injury-plagued season that Chacin had in 2014.  He threw 63.1 innings over 11 starts with a 5.40 ERA and 4.82 FIP, and battled shoulder problems all year.  Unless I’m mistaken, and I very well could be, I don’t think last year was the first time he’s had shoulder injuries either.  For the Rockies to just completely cut bait on him, they must know something the rest of MLB doesn’t about the condition of that shoulder.

Which brings me to the obvious question of whether or not the Yankees should be interested in pursuing Chacin as some added depth for their corps of injury backups.  …

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Quick Hit: What’s Up With Ellsbury’s Oblique?

There hasn’t been a lot of new information on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s strained oblique since it was finally diagnosed as a strained oblique over a week ago.  The injury that we were initially told would only keep Ellsbury out for a few days was extended to a week after that diagnosis, and yesterday made it a full week without any baseball activities and no update on Ellsbury’s condition.

The one thing we have gotten in the last week has been Ellsbury’s statements downplaying the severity of the injury and reassuring everyone that he would be ready for Opening Day.  This would be good news if it were accompanied by some kind of update on his condition or a report that he had started swinging a bat again, but it hasn’t.  Via Chad Jennings, yesterday Ellsbury’s assurances were accompanied by this quote:

“I guess all I can tell is just how I feel each and every day.  But until I swing a bat, until I throw, until I do really explosive stuff, that will be the real test.

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Spring Training Game 22 Recap: WAS 7 NYY 6

Yankees Nationals Baseball

Courtesy of the AP

If Bryan Mitchell was going to make a move in the 5th starter race, today was the day for it to happen and the day it had to happen.  Adam Warren looked really good his last time out, so the job may be all but sewn up already.  But Esmil Rogers was pretty blah his last time out, so if there was a chance to jump him for the next in line if another injury were to occur (knock on wood) it was today.

Mitchell had 2/3 of a Major League outfield, the starting catcher catching, the backup catcher DH’ing, Garrett Jones at first, Aaron Judge in right, and a trio of non-starters at the other 3 infield spots, so it was quite the mish-mash in terms of a lineup.  That’ll happen when you’re playing on the other side of the state.  He turned in a pretty good performance in front of them, despite what the final numbers showed,  Whether it was enough to get him another turn in the rotation remains to be seen.…

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