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 114 Recap: Yankees 1 Tigers 0

Headley-Ichiro vs DET

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One of the higher-ups at my company is from Detroit and so naturally is a Tigers fan.  We talked about this series on Monday afternoon and I half-jokingly told him that if the betting line was 10 total runs for the Yankees in the 4 games, I’d take the under.  They didn’t beat that by much, managing 11 in the 4-game set, but that 11 was enough to take 3 of 4 from the AL Central leaders thanks to outstanding starting pitching and that helped hold the Tiger offense to 6 runs in 39 innings.  Shane Greene got the start in this afternoon’s series finale and turned in one of the best starts of the year by a pitcher not named Tanaka.

Greene’s sinker/slider combo was as sharp as it’s been all season and he made a Miggy-less lineup look helpless in his 8(!!) shutout(!!!!) innings.  He was rarely in trouble, and when he was he worked out of it with well-executed pitches and well-timed double play balls.  …

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Injury News: 8/7/14

A couple updates on the less healthier members of the 40-man roster:

- Mark Teixeira left last night’s game after the challenged play at the plate.  He cut his left pinky finger sliding into home, badly enough that it required stitches.  An MRI revealed no breaks though, so he will sit out today’s game and then be re-evaluated.

- Michael Pineda threw a side session at The Stadium yesterday and is scheduled for his next MiL rehab start this Friday.  The team has said he will not be considered for David Phelps‘ spot on Friday, but could be after this next start.  His targeted pitch count is 75-80.

- Masahiro Tanaka threw again on Tuesday as a follow-up to his 25-light throw session on Monday.  This time it was 50 throws from 60 feet and the throws were a little bit harder than Monday.

- CC Sabathia‘s knee surgery last week revealed a bone spur, which was removed as part of the procedure.  …

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Game 113 Recap: Yanks 5 Tigers 1

Headley HR vs DET

Insert obligatory “It’s Headley!” reference here. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees were 1-1 against recent Cy Young Award winners in the first half of this series.  Last night they improved to 2-1 and set themselves up for an improbable series victory as Chris Capuano outdueled Justin Verlander and the offense provided some late insurance.

Capuano was positively brilliant in his 6.2 innings of work.  The only run he allowed came in the top of the 1st thanks to a Derek Jeter error, a wild pitch, and a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly.  After that it was smooth sailing for the veteran lefty thanks to his his changeup.  He stifled the Tiger lineup with it all night and limited them to 5 measly hits while striking out 8 and walking 1.

Verlander looked like his old self early, working the first run through the order perfectly.  It wasn’t until Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center with 2 outs in the 4th that the Yankees got their first base runner, but once they did that they did just enough against the new Verlander to take back the lead.  …

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Mid-Week Linkaround: 8/6/14

- On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into Adam Warren’s regression and how it may be influencing the way Joe uses him.

- On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes advocated for bringing Michael Pineda back quickly as a way to replace David Phelps in the rotation.

- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley made a case for the Yankees re-signing Brandon McCarthy after this season.  It’s a very strong case and I’m inclined to agree with him.

- Earlier this morning, Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the Matt Thornton move and what the Yankees might do as a follow-up with the money they saved.

- From the IIATMS team, William Tasker discussed Ichiro’s drop in production and whether or not it’s been good enough for him to keep his roster spot yesterday.

- On Monday, I kicked around some of the Phelps replacement options.

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Game 112 Quick Recap: DET 4 NYY 3

Brian McCann, Hiroki Kuroda

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The need for extra relief help is obvious when you look at the kind of length the Yankees have been getting from their rotation and got last night from Hiroki Kuroda.  But when it gets to extra innings and your last available option is Matt Daley, the writing’s kinda on the wall.  Daley gave up the game-losing dinger in the 12th to spoil a very winnable game.

I’m not sure how fair it is to reference the Yankees’ history against David Price when half their starting lineup was playing in the NL last year, but those new guys seemed to do just fine against him.  Brian McCann popped a solo HR off him in the 2nd and Martin Prado did the same in the 5th for 2 of the 3 New York runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the third in the 3rd.

Hirok gave up a run in the 1st on a pair of singles and a sac fly, but was otherwise cruising early.  …

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Report: Nationals Claim Matt Thornton Off Waivers (UPDATED)

Well that’s a helluva thing.  I didn’t even know Thornton was put on waivers.  But he was, the Nationals put a claim on him, and the Yankees didn’t pull him back, so now he and the rest of his contract are off to the nation’s capital.

I admittedly was much less of a fan of Thornton than others, but his removal from the bullpen mix does leave Joe without the matchup lefty option he loves to have.  Short-term solution: BRING ME PAT VENDITTE!!!  Slightly longer-term solution: BRING ME JACOB LINDGREN!!!

** UPDATE 2:24 PM- Via Dan Barbarisi, lefty Rich Hill will be coming up to take Thornton’s roster spot.  Needless to say, he is not Venditte or Lindgren. **

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Quick Hit: Kelley Coming Back Around

The Yankees were working with a short bullpen last night, as they always seem to be these days when they routinely get 4-6 innings from their starters.  Dellin Betances was unavailable after pitching in the last 2 games and Joe had to find a new way to build his bridge to David Robertson.  That task was given to Shawn Kelley, who retired the side in order in the 8th, successfully making the handoff to D-Rob in a tight 1-run game.

It may not have seemed like much at the time, but Kelley’s outing last night was the latest in a long line of strong performances.  He’s pitched to a 9.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K line over his last 10 appearances, and has allowed only 2 runs with 22 strikeouts over 13.1 IP since the start of July.  This comes on the heels of a very rough June that found him more often than not fighting to command his fastball.  …

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Memo To Teix: Keep Those Glucose Levels Up

Come on, Mark.  Lightheaded before the game?  You’re a professional athlete.  Your body is your temple, your moneymaker.  You can’t be letting those blood sugar levels get low that close to game time. Not when you’re the honey guy.

Teix-bees

Let’s not let this happen again.  Have your wife pack you a PB&J or something before you head to the park today.  Sore wrists and tight hamstrings I can deal with.  Lightheadedness not so much.  Be better, Mark.  Be better.

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McCarthy Mixes Fastballs Brilliantly To Tame The Tigers

Last Tuesday was Brandon McCarthy‘s worst start as a Yankee.  Against a weak Texas lineup he didn’t have good command of his stuff and got hit around for 9 hits and 4 ER in 6 innings.  The Yankees eventually won that game, as they’ve won all 5 games he’s started since being acquired.  The 5th win came last night, when McCarthy was back on the hill and back in full command of his entire fastball arsenal.  He featured all 3 in different situations against different hitters and completely held the Detroit Tiger lineup at bay with the way used them.

Before we get to that, just a quick counting stats recap for those who either missed the game or didn’t fully appreciate how good McCarthy was last night.  He threw 116 pitches, his highest pitch count of the year and the 3rd straight start in which he threw 108 or more, and pumped in 81 strikes (69.8%).  He threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 25 batters he faced and had 11 swinging strikes (13.6%).  …

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