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 108 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 1 (10 Inn.)

Well so much for figuring out how to hit a knuckleball.  The Yankees were stymied again by R.A. Dickey, scoring 1 meager run against him in 7 innings and then never scoring another one in a frustrating extra-innings loss.

They had plenty of chances to get a big hit too and didn’t do it.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 2nd and got nothing.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 3rd and got nothing.  Carlos Beltran walked to lead off the 4th and was immediately erased by a GIDP.  A 1-out single in the 7th led to nothing, the runner didn’t even advance.  And then just for good measure, they grounded into 2 more inning-ending double plays after leadoff baserunners in the 8th and 9th.  The only run of the night came on a Mark Teixeira home run to left, his 30th of the season.

Nathan Eovaldi more than did his job in holding the powerful Jays offense down.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/7/15

AND WE’RE BACK!!!

With no trade deadline to muck up the plans, we’re back to the regularly scheduled weekly linkaround this week.  Also I’m really excited for this weekend’s series.  It’s going to be so sweet when the Yanks take 2 of 3.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down the changes made by Nathan Eovaldi and Brendan Ryan to help their respective games.

– On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY talked to Garrett Jones about his quick return to the Yankees after the Dustin Ackley injury.

– Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx updated his top 15 Yankee prospects list.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… touched on the importance for the Yankees to learn something from Wednesday night that can help them against R.A. Dickey this weekend.  They looked ugly against the knuckler the other night.

– Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley analyzed the changes Carlos Beltran made to his approach that helped turn his season around offensively.…

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Game 107 Recap: Yankees 2 Red Sox 1

Sabathia vs BOS

#TBT. Courtesy of Getty Images

I think I said in the recap of his last good start that we had gotten to the point where you just have to appreciate the good starts from CC Sabathia when he has them because there aren’t a lot of them anymore.  Last night was one of those good starts.  It was vintage Sabathia in the series finale against the Red Sox as he pitched to the little run support that he got and led his club to another series victory.

Whatever CC did between starts, it helped bring something out of him because he was dealing last night.  He came out firing fastballs in the low-mid 90s and he really had good command of his stuff, arguably better than we’ve seen at any point this season.  He struck out 4 and allowed only 2 baserunners, both of them coming in the 2nd inning, in 4 scoreless and seemed to be pitching with the kind of swagger we used to see from his years ago.…

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Quick Hit: Ellsbury Slumping Again

There were plenty of guys up and down the lineup who had trouble with Steven Wright‘s knuckleball last night.  And give credit where credit is due, he threw a lot of good ones.  But nobody had a worse night at the plate than Jacoby Ellsbury.  He took a silver sombrero with 3 strikeouts in his first 3 plate appearances against Wright and had the bad luck GIDP in his last.  He swung and missed at a lot of pitches and didn’t seem like he was picking up the ball at all.

Those struggles were the continuation of a stretch of pretty poor hitting from Ellsbury.  As I mentioned in the recap, he’s 6-38 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 games and he really hasn’t produced much since coming off the DL 4 weeks ago.  Ellsbury hit just .215/.247/.354 in July and is at .133/.222/.333 in limited August PA.  His post-DL slump has been overshadowed by the incredibly strong performance from the rest of the lineup, but on nights like last night it really sticks out.  …

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Game 106 Recap: Red Sox 2 Yankees 1

Severino vs BOS

Luis Severino makes a plea to the baseball gods for just 1 run of support after completing the 5th inning last night. Courtesy of Getty Images

The hype machine was turned up to 11 for Luis Severino‘s Major League debut last night, and with good reason.  Severino has done everything to earn the quick promotion up the ladder, dominating at every level he’s pitched, and he was getting inserted into the middle of a playoff race to bolster the team’s biggest area of weakness.  The buzz was justified and Severino lived up to it last night, but the bats couldn’t get anything going against a pesky knuckleballer and the Yanks dropped the middle game of the set.

Severino came out firing in the first couple innings.  He featured a mid-high 90s 4-seamer, a low 90s cutter, and a low 90s slider, and just from the pop of the glove you could tell that everything had some extra oomph on it.  …

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Yanks Re-Sign Garrett Jones, Activate Him Onto The 25-Man Roster (UPDATED)

Well that didn’t take long.  The Yankees have solved the temporary short bench problem I described earlier by re-signing Garrett Jones.  According to Jack Curry, he was re-signed to his original contract terms, so he’s owed about $1.8 mil for the remainder of the season.

The Yankees will have to make a roster move to clear a spot, and Curry suspects it will be either Branden Pinder or Caleb Cotham.  Pinder has the edge in experience this season, but I might give the spot to Cotham.  Pinder’s contact rates and low strikeout totals are a little scary.

** UPDATE 2:06 PM ** – Cotham was sent down to Triple-A and Danny Burawa was DFA’d to clear a 40-man spot.

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Quick Hit: Dustin Ackley’s Back Injury And The Short-Term Problem It Causes

Didn’t get to this yesterday, but the Yankees’ lone trade deadline acquisition turned into an early loss when Dustin Ackley was put on the 15-day DL with a right lumbar strain in his back.  An MRI revealed a herniated disc and Brian Cashman told reporters he expected Ackley to be out for 20-30 days.

Ackley hadn’t had much of a chance to make an impact since being acquired.  He was 0-3 in his still short Yankee tenure, but him hitting the DL does put the Yankees in a tough spot with their bench.  They’re only rolling 3-deep for the time being after jettisoning Garrett Jones to clear roster space for Ackley.  They’ve recently activated Slade Heathcott off the DL and assigned him to Triple-A, but he isn’t eligible to be recalled to the Majors until next Monday.  If the Yankees aren’t comfortable sticking with a 3-man bench until then – and chances are they aren’t after Brian McCann tweaked his knee last night – they may have to call up someone like Jose Pirela or Tyler Austin to fill in temporarily.…

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Game 105 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 3

McCann HR vs BOS II

Big innings are fun for everyone. Courtesy of the AP

The storyline continues to be the same for the Yankees over the last week or so.  But unlike this season of “True Detective” or the last few seasons of “Sons Of Anarchy”, that storyline is neither boring nor un-entertaining.  I think I speak for a lot of Yankee fans when I say I don’t mind them beating up on teams and bullying them around the way they have been.  They crushed the Red Sox last night in the series opener.  Man, what a great sentence to write.

The only thing that added a little intrigue to the game was how long it took for the crushing to start.  The Yanks got another 1st-inning run against Boston starter Henry Owens on a Mark Teixeira RBI single, but then the bats went silent for the next 4 innings.  They were making Owens throw a lot of pitches, and he was missing badly with some, but they could never string any hits together to really make him pay.…

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How Legitimate Is Mark Teixeira’s MVP Candidacy?

Teix HR vs BAL

Courtesy of Getty Images

Mark Teixeira didn’t hit a home run last night.  That’s mainly because the Yankees didn’t play, but with as hot as he’s been lately I kind of expected him to still hit at least one out last night.  Teix has literally been on fire lately, hitting .378/.472/.889 with 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 10 runs, 11 RBI, and a 13.2% BB rate over the last 2 weeks.  He had back-to-back 2-homer games last Thursday and Friday, he even mixed a stolen base in for S’s and G’s, and he’s continued to play solid defense at first base to help save his occasionally wild-throwing infield.

This hot streak has been an extension of what has already been a tremendous comeback season for Teix.  After missing almost all of the 2013 season and playing most of last year as a watered down version of himself, the whispers that Teix was done heading into his age 35 season got louder.  …

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