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

Game 22: Sweep Those Fools Again

The Yankees have played the Rays 5 times this season.  They haven’t lost a game to them yet.  After sweeping them on the road a little less than 2 weeks ago, the Bombers have a chance to repeat the feat this afternoon at The Stadium and extend their latest winning streak to 4.

Michael Pineda gets the ball today, pitching on regular rest instead of the extra day he was supposed to get due to the Tanaka injury.  He was borderline dominant in his last start against the Mets, and I know I’d love nothing more than a 7+ IP, 1 ER or fewer, 10+ K start from him today to put an exclamation point on this series.  Here’s the starting lineup that will be supporting him this afternoon:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Alex Rodriguez- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Carlos Beltran- RF
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) John Ryan Murphy- C
8) Gregorio Petit- 2B
9) Didi Gregorius- SS

Petit is back up to take Tanaka’s open roster spot.  …

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Game 21 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 2

McCann vs TB

The man of the night. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees were thinking big picture with what they did in the offseason, they were thinking big picture with how they went about managing and planning for their older and injury-concern-ier guys in Spring Training, and they’re still thinking big picture now that the wins and losses matter.  Joe worked his 6th starter into the rotation last night to give his horses a little more rest, and that meant another opportunity for Chase Whitley to show what he can do as a Major League starter.  While the rest aspect became less important as news of Masahiro Tanaka‘s DL trip came out, Whitley’s solid outing and place in the rotation for the foreseeable future became the focal point.  Oh, and the Yankees won again.

It was another quick start for the offense, who jumped on Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the 1st.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single and the 2 power bats hitting 3-4 with A-Rod out of the lineup did what you want them to do.  …

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Injury Updates: 4/28/15

Mentioning Chris Capuano this morning made me realize we haven’t really done any updates on his progress or the progress of other players who are banged up, out, rehabbing, etc.  Let’s remedy that now, shall we?

– Jose Pirela was moved up to Double-A Trenton yesterday as he continues his rehab assignment.  Via Chad Jennings, he played second base for the Thunder.  Also, Chad’s idea of Petit going down for Whitley tonight and then Whitley going down and Pirela coming off the DL to take his roster spot later in the week is something I would fully support.

(Editor’s Note- Since this post was first drafted Petit has been optioned down, so it looks like that plan is already in motion.)

Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup and at the top of the order last night and I haven’t read or heard anything about him after the game, so it sounds like that hip issue that kept him out for a game is a non-issue.…

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Tuesday Morning Food For Thought: Is Adam Warren Pitching For His Job Already?

I alluded to this in last night’s game recap, so you should probably read that first if you want to read this post in the proper context.  Adam Warren made his 4th start of the young season last night and it was the first start that you’d call good.  Before last night, Warren had struggled to translate last year’s relief success back to a starting role.  He wasn’t pitching deep into games, he wasn’t getting a lot of whiffs or strikeouts, and his stuff seemed much more hittable than it did last year.  There was talk before the season about whether Warren was better suited to work as a reliever, where he could highlight his best pitches and air out his fastball, and his early SSS results back up those points.  So with April almost over and Warren the clear “worst” pitcher in the rotation, is it already time to ask if he’s pitching for his spot?

Consider what’s happening tonight.  …

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Game 20 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 1

Gardner BB vs TB

The look of a man who knows he just had a good at-bat. Courtesy of the AP

While CC Sabathia‘s last start stirred up a lot of conversation and worry among the Yankee fanbase, Adam Warren‘s terrible start has barely registered as a blip on the radar.  He entered tonight with a tripleslash entirely in the 5s in 3 starts, he’d failed to complete 6 innings in any of them, and he’d walked more batters than he’d struck out.  The injuries to other starters gave him the benefit of more time, but with Chase Whitley pitching tomorrow it is worth wondering if Warren has already reached the point of pitching for his job.  If he has, then tonight was the start he needed to solidify it for a while longer.

It didn’t start out pretty.  Warren had runners on second and third with 1 out in the top of the 1st, but struck out Evan Longoria and got James Loney to ground out to end the threat.  …

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Game 19 Recap: Yankees 6 Mets 4

A-Rod Out vs NYM

This play, and this picture, was/is laugh out loud funny. Courtesy of the AP

There was a battle this weekend, good people.  You might not have even realized it was happening, but the very foundation of New York City was held in the hands (and legs, and bats, and gloves) of 2 titans of local sport.  For years they’ve battled for city supremacy, with the evil empire from the Bronx reigning supreme time and time again.  But not this year.  Not with the Mets poised to strike while the empire was down.  Not with The Dark Knight and The Guy With The Hair and that third baseman who’s not A-Rod and that young catcher who always gets hurt and Curtis Granderson‘s rotting corpse and the closer who got pinched for steroids.  Surely this was the year that the Mets would take back the city, reclaim it as their own, and vanquish the evil empire back from whence they came.  Or maybe not, since they played like a JV high school team last night and got beat.  …

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Game 18 Quick Recap: NYM 8 NYY 2

The middle game of this Subway Series was expected to be the one that went the Mets’ way.  Matt Harvey is a god on Earth with a 3-0 record, CC Sabathia is an old bum with an 0-3 record.  That was the story being told at least, and once the game started that was basically how things played out.  Like the first game on Friday, this one was over early.

Sabathia just didn’t have it yesterday.  He couldn’t throw his fastball for strikes down in the zone and missed badly with it at times.  He also didn’t seem to have good command of any of his other pitches and that led to him having to throw more fastballs.  That’s not the best strategy when you’re working in the high 80s, and the Met hitters picked up on it pretty quickly.  They got on the board quickly with a Lucas Duda solo home run and really put the hurt on CC in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs with 2 outs on a triple-single-homer string of at-bats.  …

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Game 17 Quick Recap: NYY 6 NYM 1

Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner

Boomtown, population Mark Teixeira. Courtesy of the AP

Hey, remember how the Mets were the greatest team in the history of baseball and they were going to take over the city and run the Yankees out of town and Matt Harvey was going to be elected mayor for life?  Yeah, that was fun while it lasted for about 10 minutes last night.  It wasn’t Harvey on the mound, it was Jacob deGrom, and he got tattooed by the suddenly very deep and dangerous Yankee lineup while Big Mike showed him what being a stud righty pitcher is all about.  Fun times.

The Yankees didn’t waste any time getting to deGrom, as Mark Teixeira cracked a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 1st to put his team up 2-0.  That was all Michael Pineda would really need, but the Yanks didn’t stop there.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, then a single and a walk put more ducks on the pond for Teix.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 4/24/15

I know the Subway Series is this weekend and the city is all abuzz about it because both teams are hot right now, but I want to take a quick break from that for a second to talk a little Rangers hockey.  I love what I’ve seen from them so far in this opening series with Pittsburgh, love it.  And I love it because they haven’t even really played that well.  I’d say Pittsburgh has probably outplayed the Rangers for 60-70% of the series thus far, and they’re still down 3-1.  At home, with a chance to close out tonight and get a little rest, and with their best playoff hockey presumably ahead of them is a great place to be.  I’ll be beer drinking and live tweeting that game tonight, so if you’re a Ranger fan, feel free to join me.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes looked at what the 2017 Opening Day roster might look like if the Yankees built strictly from within and filled spots with their own prospects.

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