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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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/29/15

It’s been mostly quiet on the Yankee trade deadline front for the last few days.  They’re connected to almost everybody in some capacity, but don’t seem to be seriously involved with anybody.  Hopefully there’s another behind-the-scenes deal being worked on.  It would be puzzling and disappointing to see the deadline pass without them making at least 1 move.  Here’s the latest:

As first reported by Jack Curry, the Yanks designated Chris Capuano earlier today.  That decision was almost surely driven by his abysmal performance last night and the fact that the Yanks have a ton of Triple-A depth arms.  The newest one getting called up tonight is righty Caleb Cotham, and Diego Moreno will get to keep his roster spot after his splendid relief outing.

– The big story from yesterday was the Royals trading for Ben Zobrist.  Zobrist was a known target and would have been a perfect fit for the Yankees’ needs, but it doesn’t sound like they were ever seriously in contention for him.…

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Game 99 Recap: Yankees 21 Rangers 5

21 unanswered runs.  Is that good?

Last night’s game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be.  Spot starter Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs.  It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night.  And then the top of the 2nd happened.

Yanks Top 2nd vs TEX

Courtesy of ESPN.com

11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  The first 8 batters of the inning reached base.  Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side.  Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball.

The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn’t record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st.  It’s almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn’t any need to recap all the details of the game.  …

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Game 98 Recap: Yankees 6 Rangers 2

Didi HR vs TEX

Best shortstop in town. Courtesy of the AP

New York, Minnesota, Texas, doesn’t matter where.  The Yankees show up at the ballpark on any given day and they’re probably going to beat you.  That’s just how things are going right now.  Everybody is chipping in, everybody has their turn to contribute, and the Bombers are rolling like a well-oiled baseball machine as they pull away in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got the start last night and once again he turned in an outing that wasn’t nearly as good as his line made it look.  The Rangers got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, all generated with 2 outs.  Josh Hamilton singled and scored of Elvis Andrus‘ double, then Andrus came home on a Lenonys Martin.  The Rangers looked like they were going to put a hurting on Nova, then he managed to get through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He had to escape a bases loaded/1 out situation in the 4th with a couple ground ball outs, and he put 2 men on with 2 outs again in the 5th, but no more runs crossed.  …

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/27/15

Deadline’s right around the corner.  Here’s the latest:

– The big weekend trade was Johnny Cueto going to the Royals for a trio of lefty arms.  From what I read, it sounds like the return for Cueto wasn’t that great.  Makes you wonder what the Yanks could have done if they had a full complement of healthy pitching prospects.

- Via George King, the Yanks scouted Cueto for 5 weeks and at one point had “limited discussions” with the Reds about a deal involving Ivan Nova.  King says the Yanks are now waiting to see what the Tigers do with David Price.

– One pitcher they don’t seem interested in pursuing is Cole Hamels.  According to Joel Sherman, they aren’t interested in trading top prospects (Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo) or taking on big money, both of which they would have to do to acquire Hamels.

- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks “have discussed just about every available top starter and reliever”, so Cash is definitely doing his due diligence.  …

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Has Alex Rodriguez Been What The Yankee Clubhouse Was Missing All Along?

Alex Rodriguez got an early 40th birthday present yesterday from his manager.  After having to take multiple brisk jogs around the bases on Saturday night, he got a day off in the series finale and watched his teammates put together another strong victory against a quality opponent.  Even though he wasn’t a direct participant in any of the on-field happenings, A-Rod did play a small part in the action by picking up Stephen Drew in a dugout pseudo-bear hug after his 2-run homer in the 6th.  It wasn’t all that different from the pseudo-bear hug he gave John Ryan Murphy after his 3-run shot completed the comeback on Saturday night.

In addition to the celebratory dugout hugs, we’ve seen A-Rod factor into a lot of the in-game team camaraderie stuff this season.  He’s always good for a laugh when he’s going first to third or second to home running the bases, and his rolling, tumbling, flop slide into home plate the other day on Chase Headley‘s 3-run double was a thing of comedic beauty.  …

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Game 97 Quick Recap: NYY 7 MIN 2

The Yankees flipped the script on what was shaping up to be a crummy weekend with last night’s A-Rod-aided come-from-behind victory in Minnesota.  They kept those good vibes rolling this afternoon, sans A-Rod, to beat the Twins again and rack up another 2-1 series victory.

Nathan Eovaldi was today’s starter, and for the first time in a while it felt appropriate and accurate to describe his performance as nasty.  The Twins got to him in the 3rd for a solitary run on a pair of singles and an RBI groundout, but other than that they could do nothing.  Eovaldi recorded 4 of his first 5 outs via the strikeout, then settled into a very efficient and dominant ground ball-heavy outing.  He got multiple GB outs in every inning from the 4th through the 7th and pitched into the 9th for the first time this season.  This was the first major step forward for Eovaldi in his development in a while, and it was a glance at the type of GB/K pitcher the Yankees envision him being for years to come.…

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Game 96 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 5

A-Rod High Ten vs MIN

Somebody give the man some skin! Courtesy of the AP

There are a few games every season that a good winning team can look back on and say “yep, that was a big one.  That one really helped us get to where we wanted to be.”  Last night was one of those games for the Yankees.  Coming off a beatdown against their former teammate on Friday night and starting the game in a quick 5-0 hole thanks to the rotting corpse of CC Sabathia, the Yankees stormed back late on the bat of Alex Rodriguez and his 3 home runs and stole a huge win to even this series.

Might as well get the bad CC stuff out of the way early.  Brian Dozier singled to start the bottom of the 1st and Aaron Hicks hit a hanging changeup for a 2-run home run in the next at-bat.  2 batters, 5 pitches, 2-run deficit.  Things got worse in the 3rd when the lineup turned over and Hicks started things off with a base hit.  …

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About Last Night: Pineda’s Slider

Pineda Slider Location 7-24-15

Courtesy of Texas Leaguers

That’s Michael Pineda’s slider plot from last night.  He threw that pitch 39 times out of 92 total pitches, by far the most of any of his offerings, despite not having very good command of it.  Miguel Sano took him deep on a hanging 3-2 slider to get the Twins’ offensive outburst started and they put a lot of good swings on other sliders that missed up in the zone.  Normally the slider is Pineda’s best pitch and one he uses to rack up strikeouts.  Last night the Twins put it in play 25.6% of the time they saw it and did a lot of damage against it.

Location in the strike zone is usually the issue when Pineda’s slider isn’t working and last night was a prime example of this.  Throwing almost 75% of 39 sliders inside the zone is way too many for what is supposed to be a swing-and-miss out pitch.  Throwing at least half of that 75% up and in the middle of the zone is real good evidence of Pineda not having the feel for the pitch, as is the location of most of the sliders he did manage to bury down out of the zone.  …

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Game 95 Quick Recap: MIN 10 NYY 1

Michael Pineda didn’t pitch very well, Phil Hughes did.

The Yankee bullpen didn’t pitch very well, Minnesota’s did.

The Yankees didn’t have any extra-base hits and couldn’t score any runs, Minnesota had a ton and scored a ton.

Game Notes:

Mark Teixeira went 3-4 so he’s still hot.  Shocking that all 3 hits were singles.  He must have been so disappointed.

– Probably made up for that disappointment with his second stolen base of the year though.  The guy can do it all.

– As rock solid as Big Mike was earlier in the year, he has settled into this pattern of inconsistency.  He’s really good for a start or 2 and then he mixes in a clunker like last night.  The Yanks really need him to tighten up and be better start-to-start.

Chris Capuano stinks.  He serves no real purpose on the roster anymore.  If the Yankees add 1 arm via trade, starter or reliever, he should probably go.…

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