About Brad Vietrogoski

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.

Game 23 Quick Recap: BOS 8 NYY 7

There was heavy rain in the forecast all of last night, and there were questions as to whether the Yanks and Sox would get last night’s series finale in.  A rainout would have been a better outcome for the Bronx Bummers, as they gagged away another one late to drop the series, their 5th straight game, and their record to a lowly 8-15 on the season.

It was all about blown leads for Yankee starter Nathan Eovaldi.  He was given a 3-1 lead in the 3rd after a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI double and a 2-run home run by Alex Rodriguez and he promptly blew it in the bottom half by giving up 3 runs on 4 singles and a walk.  The offense came back with 3 runs in the 5th on a 2-run double by A-Rod and RBI single by Mark Teixeira, and Eovaldi blew that lead in the bottom of the inning by serving up a 2-run homer to Travis Shaw.  For once it wasn’t the offense’s fault.  They gave Eovaldi plenty of run support and he couldn’t make any of it stick.

The 6-6 tie lasted until the bottom of the 7th, when Ivan Nova sandwiched 2 outs around a Shaw base hit and exited for Dellin Betances.  Betances has been scuffling lately with some poorly placed curveballs, but it was the heater that failed him last night.  Christian Vazquez was sitting fastball on the first pitch and Dellin threw one right down the pipe.  Vazquez hit it for the go-ahead 2-run shot, giving him his first home run of the season and the Red Sox the sweep of the series.  The Yankees scratched a run across on a double and a wild pitch in the 8th, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.  5 losses in a row, 9 of the last 12, and 13 of the last 17.  Truly pathetic stuff. Continue reading Game 23 Quick Recap: BOS 8 NYY 7

Game 21 Quick Recap: BOS 4 NYY 2

I didn’t catch a second of this game and I’m really glad about that.  Feels like I’ve already said that 2 or 3 times this season.  That can’t be a good thing.  Whatever, the Yankees aren’t a good thing either.  They stink.

Masahiro Tanaka was a beast for the first 6 innings, holding the Red Sox lineup to 3 hits and no runs.  He tired in the 7th, put a few runners on, and Joe left him in the game one batter too long.  Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 2-out, 2-run double off the Green Monster to tie the game at 2 and end Tanaka’s night.

Dellin Betances was ready to enter in the 7th and Joe didn’t go to him.  He came out in a tie game in the 8th and served up his second straight home run to a left-handed batter, David Ortiz to be specific, to put the Yankees behind 4-2 and take the loss.  From a 2-0 lead with 2 outs in the 7th to a 4-2 deficit in a handful of batters.  Those are the type of games the Yankees expect to win, but the bullpen formula failed this time.

– The offense was non-existent again.  A-Rod hit a solo home run early, Starlin Castro went 2-3 with a triple, and Brett Gardner had 2 hits and a ribbie single.  The rest of the team went 1-18.

Chase Headley Watch: 0-3 at the plate and made his second error of the season in the field.  He’s hitting .140/.265/.140.

– The Yankees have scored 74 runs in 21 games.  They’ve been held to 2 or less in 11 of those 21 games.  It’s pathetic.  It really is. Continue reading Game 21 Quick Recap: BOS 4 NYY 2

Friday Morning Links: 4/29/16

Playing catchup here.  It’s been over a week since the last linkaround, but we’ve got a real good batch to get you ready for Yanks-Sawx this weekend after yesterday’s off-day.  Here we go.

– Last Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes weighed the option of trading one of the Betances/Miller/Chapman relief trio once all 3 are active.  I think it’s too early to think about that, but it’s definitely something the Yanks should do at the deadline if they’re out of contention.

– Last Thursday, Stacey looked at the slow starts for three important hitters over at BP Bronx.

– On Monday, el duque of It Is High… dished his first really good “the sky is falling” rant of the season.  Understandable considering it came right after the Pineda BP game.

– On Tuesday, Marly Rivera of ESPN got Luis Severino’s thoughts on his early-season struggles and what he’s doing to try and fix them.

– On Wednesday, Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley revisited the idea of extending Nathan Eovaldi this season.  More outings like his last one and that becomes a real possibility.

– Chris Carelli broke down how Masahiro Tanaka has lived up to his contract so far for SNY.

– Yesterday, Mike Axisa dug deep into Michael Pineda and Eovaldi’s problems giving up too much contact.  Check it out for the FIP/BABIP plot graphic alone. Continue reading Friday Morning Links: 4/29/16

Game 19 Recap: Rangers 10 Yankees 1

[caption id="attachment_81129" align="aligncenter" width="388"]Teix K vs TEX Mark Teixeira sings his at-bat music during last night’s game. Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

This one wasn’t good for the old run differential.  Facing possible thunderstorms and tornado delays in the forecast, the Yankee instead fell victim to the Ranger bats.  They beat up a scuffling Luis Severino pretty bad early and cruised out to a big lead that the Yankee offense was incapable of even denting.

So yeah, Severino.  He looked pretty good through the first 2 innings.  I thought he was settling in after a quick 2nd.  But it unraveled for him pretty quickly with 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd.  The key play might have actually been a non-play.  After Nomar Mazara singled and Adrian Beltre doubled to put runners on second and third, Joe Girardi called for an intentional walk of Prince Fielder to load the bases and face Ian Desmond.  Severino did that and then unintentionally walked Desmond to force in a run.  From there he proceeded to allow 4 more runs on 3 singles and a wild pitch in what ended up being a 43-pitch inning.  Severino did not come out for the 4th.

That job went to Ivan Nova, and he proceeded to seal the win for the Rangers with 4 innings of 3-run ball.  He didn’t walk anybody, but he suffered from the same lack of command inside the strike zone that has hampered Severino and Michael Pineda in this first month of the season.  Nova did allow Joe to save most of the rest of the ‘pen from having to work in this one, but by the time he was out of the game it was 9-1 Rangers.

That 1 run came in the top of the 7th when the Yankees were able to string a walk and 2 singles together off of a tiring A.J. Griffin.  That left them with 2 on and nobody out and they did not score another run in the inning, so at least the anomaly of the Yankees being an even remotely competent offensive baseball team didn’t last long.  They made Griffin look real good over the first 6 innings, hitting a lot of lazy fly balls and infield pop ups for easy outs.  The one positive contributor was Ronald Torreyes, who had exactly 100% of the team’s hits through 6 innings.  The rest of the lineup hardly did anything.

This one was a stinker for sure, but the Yankees can still take the series with a win tonight.  CC Sabathia will get the start against Martin Perez and Joe will have his bullpen horses ready at the end if CC can do enough to bridge them a lead. Continue reading Game 19 Recap: Rangers 10 Yankees 1

Tuesday Morning News And Notes: 4/26/16

There were a lot of little stories coming out yesterday, zero of which we touched on here.  Let’s catch up on them in a little rapid fire notes blog.

– A-Rod’s MRI on his oblique came back negative, so the Yankees elected to not make a roster move for either him or Aaron Hicks.  They played last night with a 23-man roster.  I’m actually a little surprised they haven’t just put Hicks on the DL retroactive to the date he got hurt and called somebody up, but it sounds like A-Rod might be available again soon.  He did take BP yesterday.

– I don’t remember where I saw it, but apparently Hicks played catch yesterday before the game.  He hadn’t been doing much of anything before then, so I guess the advancement to “baseball activities” is a good thing.

Branden Pinder has decided to have Tommy John Surgery to repair his UCL tear.  He’ll be out for the next 12-14 months, which is a major bummer for him and the SWB Shuttle.

– With Pinder and Rumbelow out and Jacob Lindgren going back on the DL with an elbow injury in High-A, the Yankees made a move to bring back lefty reliever Phil Coke.  He had been pitching in the Independent Atlantic League and was mostly bad last year at multiple levels for multiple teams, but he is a former True Yankee and that’s something that can’t be measured.  Being left-handed is so awesome if you’re a baseball player.

– The worst news of the day yesterday might have been the James Kaprielian elbow injury.  He was placed on the DL with “elbow inflammation” and there is no timetable for his return.  The Yankees confirmed that an MRI showed no structural damage in his elbow, so there is no surgery planned for him.  The plan is to treat Kaprielian “conservatively” with rest and throwing, so at the bare minimum we can stop dreaming of him making it to the big leagues this season. Continue reading Tuesday Morning News And Notes: 4/26/16

Game 18 Recap: Yankees 3 Rangers 1

[caption id="attachment_81113" align="aligncenter" width="525"]Eovaldi vs TEX 16 The nastiest of Nates. Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

It’s always nice to win a low-scoring game for a change.  The short-handed offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders as usual, but it didn’t matter because the pitching was fantastic last night.  Nathan Eovaldi tossed 7 scoreless innings to hold the Rangers at bay and handed a lead over to the Yankees’ dominant late-inning pair.  That’s always a recipe for success and the it was again last night as the Yankees picked up a much needed win to open the 3-gamer in Texas.

Eovaldi came out of the gate hot last night, facing the minimum number of batters through 3 innings.  A runner did reach on an error to lead off the bottom of the 2nd, but error culprit Didi Gregorius made up for it by starting a 6-4-3 double play to erase the baserunner on the very next pitch.  Eovaldi actually didn’t allow a hit until the 7th inning, mixing pitches well, moving his fastball around, and throwing a ton of offspeed pitches for strikes.  This was arguably the best Eovaldi has looked as an all-around pitcher in his career.

The lineup sans A-Rod and Big Mac didn’t give Eovaldi a lot of support but even a couple runs were plenty with the way he was pitching.  Those couple of runs came in the top of the 3rd on a Jacoby Ellsbury solo home run and a Mark Teixeira RBI double, and they were critical at the time because the Yanks had just gone scoreless in a bases loaded, 1 out situation in the 2nd inning.  They didn’t generate much in the way of meaningful opportunities after those 2 innings, but a Starlin Castro solo shot to lead off the 6th provided an important insurance run.

Joe let Eovaldi come out to start the 8th inning, which I believe gave him the new deepest start of the year for the Yankee rotation.  He walked the leadoff batter and that was all for him.  Dellin Betances came on and got another double play grounder to erase the walk, but then hung a curveball to somebody named Brett Nicholas and watched it go for Nicholas’ first career MLB home run.  That ruined Dellin’s hope for a scoreless season, but he didn’t allow any further damage and Andrew Miller made quick work of the heart of the Ranger order in the 9th.  Ballgame over, Yankees win. Continue reading Game 18 Recap: Yankees 3 Rangers 1

Game 17 Recap: Rays 8 Yankees 1

[caption id="attachment_81106" align="aligncenter" width="525"]Pineda vs TB 16 Whomp, whomp. Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

Things were looking a little brighter in Yankeeland heading into yeterday’s series finale against the Rays.  They had taken the first 2 games of the series, the second in dramatic walk-off fashion on Saturday, and were in a position to complete the sweep before heading back out on the road.  That brightness lasted all of 5 pitches, as Michael Pineda imploded in the top of the 1st inning and put the no-show offense in a hole way too big to climb out of.

But boy, those first 5 pitches were something.  Pineda struck out leadoff hitter Logan Forsythe on 3 pitches and induced a quick ground ball out from Logan Morrison.  He had an 0-2 count on Evan Longoria to get out of the inning quickly, but Longoria fought back to even the count and then doubled to deep center on a 2-2 meatball fastball.  From there it unraveled quickly.  Corey Dickerson hit a 2-run homer on the next pitch to get Tampa on the board, then Steve Pearce singled, Brad Miller doubled, and Steven Souza hit another 2-run dinger to make it 5-0.  It took only 9 pitches for all that damage to be done and the boo birds were justifiably out at the Stadium.

The offense didn’t muster up much of a fight against Drew Smyly.  The only run they scored came in the bottom of the 4th after Brett Gardner took a pitch off the batting helmet to get on base and came around to score on Alex Rodriguez‘s 2-out double into the left field corner.  He missed hitting a home run by about half a foot.  The Yanks had 2 on and no outs in the 5th and didn’t plate a run, and they wasted 2 on and 1 out in the 6th.  That was all she wrote for the offense.

The Rays kept playing long ball to make sure there wouldn’t be even a hint of a threat of a comeback.  Pearce went solo in the 3rd to make it 6-0, Souza went deep again in the 5th to make it 7-1 and give Pineda 4 HR allowed for the day.  And just for good measure, Forsythe hit one off Nick Goody in the 8th.

You want to keep looking at the positives and point to the series victory, but yesterday was a disappointing way to end that series and a bad note on which to hit the road.  Bats need to wake up in Texas. Continue reading Game 17 Recap: Rays 8 Yankees 1

Quick Hit: Pinder Diagnosed With UCL Tear

Brendan Kuty with the scoop on the latest injury to afflict the Yankee bullpen.  Branden Pinder, who was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday with an elbow strain, has been diagnosed with a UCL tear in his pitching elbow.  Surgery is still up in the air, so this tear might not be as serious as the injury that ended Nick Rumbelow’s season, but it’s going to keep him out of action for some time.

Pinder was replaced on the active roster by Nick Goody yesterday, and now with he and Rumbelow on the shelf with Bryan Mitchell, relief depth is starting to become an area of concern for the Yankees.  Luis Cessa has been sent back down to Triple-A to work as a starter, Aroldis Chapman is still weeks away from returning, and Johnny Barbato recently experienced his first rough outing.  The SWB Shuttle is short a few bodies and possibly looking for new passengers.

It doesn’t sound promising for Pinder, but hopefully this is a minor tear and something he can return from with the Tanaka rest-and-rehab method.

Continue reading Quick Hit: Pinder Diagnosed With UCL Tear

Game 15 Quick Recap: NYY 6 TB 3

Hey, a win! I didn’t see a single pitch of this one and I’m taking safety training classes in the office on a Saturday morning.  We’re doing bullet points:

CC Sabathia walked the tightrope in every one of his 4.2 innings, and somehow he managed to escape it with only 3 runs against him.  When he’s not on his game, you have no choice but to take that from him.

– Very nice job backing CC up by Ivan Nova, who tossed 2.1 perfect innings to bridge the gap to the back end of the bullpen and gave the offense a chance to come back.

– That comeback was sparked by a Jacoby Ellsbury steal of home in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game at 3.  It was an incredibly ballsy play on his part, stealing home in a full count with 2 outs, and he pulled it off.  This after the diving catch the other night and he went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI in relief of Aaron Hicks.  More, please.

– Hicks left the game after injuring his shoulder diving to make a catch.  Doesn’t sound serious, but he might get a day or 2 off.

Brian McCann was the other big offensive star.  He went 2-3 with a 2-run homer, 2 R scored, and 3 RBI.  Mark Teixeira also had 3 hits and scored 2 runs.

– 6 up, 6 down for Millances.  5 strikeouts. Continue reading Game 15 Quick Recap: NYY 6 TB 3