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

Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 10/10/15

I didn’t bother with the linkaround yesterday.  I figured nobody was going to pull themself away from wall-to-wall postseason baseball to read stuff on the internet.  But there’s no games on this morning, so let’s catch up with the week that was in the Yankosphere.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB pinpointed swinging earlier in the count as the smart strategy for the Yankee hitters against Dallas Keuchel.  Didn’t say anything about taking so many strike 3s though.

– On Wednesday, Kenny Ducey of BP Bronx commented on the Yankee leadership’s statements after the WC game and how that predicts more of the same in 2016.

– Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley took a positive approach and explained why this season was not the failure that many older, traditional Yankee fans see it as.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… looked ahead to next season and all the things that will continue to trend in the wrong direction if the Yankees stand pat this offseason.…

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Friday Morning Post-Season News And Notes: 10/9/15

Good morning, gang.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’re still collectively recovering from the disappointment of Tuesday night’s loss here at IIATMS.  Personally I’ve been struggling to come up with stuff to write about over the last few months, sort of Ellsbury-ing my way through the second half of the blog season, if you will.  We’ll start ramping up offseason coverage more once the actual offseason starts, but for now here are some quick notes on what’s been in the Yankeeland news this week.

– Via George King, we learned from Cash that there was an offer out there for Ben Zobrist at the deadline.  The A’s wanted Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder for Zobrist and Cash wasn’t willing to make that deal.  I think that was a good decision.  I’m fine with.

– Also via King, and I don’t know how I missed this one, Triple-A manager Dave Miley will not be back next year.  He’s been the SWB manager for 10 years, which I didn’t know.  …

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Wild Card Game Recap: Astros 3 Yankees 0

Yankees WC Loss vs HOU

Courtesy of the AP

Well that was a huge bummer.  The Yankees went out of the postseason as sadly and quietly as they entered it, getting shut out and 3-hit at home in the Wild Card game by Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros.  The bats never showed up, Tanaka’s home run problem was front and center again, and the Astros will advance to play Kansas City in the ALDS while the Yankees will go home and start preparing for next year.

This was the biggest start to date for Masahiro Tanaka and he came out looking pretty good.  His fastball was lively and popping the glove and he threw a lot of good, tight sliders in a 1-2-3 1st inning with 2 strikeouts.  Colby Rasmus came up to lead off the top of the 2nd and hit the first pitch he saw DEEP into right for a solo home run.  It was a fastball meant for the outside corner that ended up about thigh high on the inside corner and Rasmus was all over it.  …

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Tuesday Morning Musings On The Day Of The AL Wild Card Game

The Yankees will play their first postseason game since October 18, 2012 tonight, hosting the Houston Astros at The Stadium in the American League Wild Card game.  For an organization with the Yankees’ history that has failed to reach the postseason the previous 2 years, I feel like that should be a bigger deal, but the Yankees have seemingly been written off heading into this game.  They staggered to the finish of the regular season, losing 6 of 7 and needing a Houston loss to secure the home field advantage for this game.  Then they got hit with the weight of yesterday’s announcement by CC Sabathia that he will be entering rehab for alcohol abuse immediately and will not be pitching in the postseason.

It’s not the happy place I remember it being when the Bombers were in the dance, but it is the postseason in Yankeeland and that’s always a good thing in my book.  With the game a little less than 14 hours away as of me writing this sentence, let’s talk about some stuff heading into the game.…

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Game 162 Quick Recap: BAL 9 NYY 4

Joe vs BAL

Better figure out some magic for Tuesday night, sparky. Courtesy of Getty Images

I have neither the time nor the inclination to recap this game in full detail.  I have to spend the next 2 days convincing myself that the Yankees aren’t going to get shut out 6-0 at home on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

Michael Pineda puked on his shoes today in his final 2015 regular season start.  Didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.  Finishes the year with a 4.37 ERA.  That’s pretty terrible when you consider where he was at before the ASB.

Carlos Beltran went 3-3 with a walk today and Greg Bird, Dustin Ackley, and Didi Gregorius all had 2 hits.  I’d bat them 1-4 in some order on Tuesday.

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-10 with 3 Ks combined.  I’d bat them 7th and 9th respectively.

Chris Capuano sucks, Bryan Mitchell sucks, Caleb Cotham is pretty bad, and James Pazos is nothing special.  …

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Game 161 Quick Recap: BAL 4 NYY 3

Whatever.  I didn’t want home field advantage for the WC game anyway.  The Yankees followed up yesterday afternoon’s loss by completing the wrong side of the sweep in the nightcap and dropping both games to the Orioles.  They’ve lost 5 of 6 and 8 of 13 as they stumble into the postseason.

Can’t put this one on Luis Severino.  He gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold on the second pitch of the game and got into big trouble in the bottom of the 1st, but he held that damage at 2 runs and settled down quickly to turn in a pretty good start.  Manny Machado bopped a solo shot off him in the 3rd for Baltimore’s third run, then Severino worked the next 4 innings efficiently and scorelessly to keep his team in the game.

The Yankees battled back from the early deficits with a Didi Gregorius sac fly in the 2nd and a big rally against Ubaldo Jimenez in the top of the 5th.  …

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Game 161: The Nightcap (Severino vs. Jimenez)

The Yankees got whooped in the day part of this Saturday doubleheader with their C team.  I’d say they’ve got the B- team out for the nightcap to support Luis Severino tonight, and that’s being a tad generous.

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Dustin Ackley- LF
3) Carlos Beltran- DH
4) Brian McCann- C
5) Greg Bird- 1B
6) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
7) Didi Gregorius- SS
8) Slade Heathcott- RF
9) Brendan Ryan- 3B

Double duty for Refs and Ryan, Greg Bird hitting in an important spot, and the bullpen hosses all available and in need of at least 1 quick tuneup outing before Tuesday night.  This is the game to get it done if the Yankees want to end the home field drama before tomorrow.  First pitch coming up at or around 7:05 local time, this is your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!

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Game 160 Quick Recap: BAL 9 NYY 2

This one wasn’t pretty.  Not that you would or should have expected it to be with the lineup Joe put out there and Ivan Nova on the mound.  Oh well, guess we’re just going to have to wait until later tonight to clinch that Wild Card home field.

Nova was about as sterotypically Nova as he was in his last outing.  Threw a lot of pitches, gave up a lot of hits, and got burned by home runs on horribly located pitches.  The Orioles got him for a run in the bottom of the 1st on a GIDP after the first 2 batters of the inning singled, another in the 3rd on a ribbie groundout after he hit a batter and Gerardo Parra doubled, and the last in the 5th when Manny Machado finally stopped hitting ground balls and homered off him,  Nova created all his own trouble and wasn’t consistently good enough to get out of all of it.  Nova 101 really.…

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Game 160: Nova vs. Chen

It’s so awesome that the Yankees get to play a day-night doubleheader on the final weekend of the regular season.  No really, I mean it, it’s greeeeeaaaaaaaat.  They’ll start the festivities in Baltimore this afternoon with Ivan Nova on the mound and a righty-heavy lineup behind him to counter left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.  This will be the fifth time the Yankees have faced Ched this year, and they knocked him around pretty good the last time in an 8-6 win on September 7th.  Here’s the Yankees’ starting lineup:

1) Brett Gardner- CF
2) Rob Refsnyder- 2B
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Chris Young- LF
5) Chase Headley- 1B
6) John Ryan Murphy- C
7) Jose Pirela- RF
8) Austin Romine- 1B
9) Brendan Ryan- SS

First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 local time, Yanks can clinch WC home field with a win.  Here’s your day game thread.

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