Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

Author Archives: Domenic Lanza

Game 114: Porcello v. Greene

You can scratch Cliff Lee off of the list of potential waiver deadline pick-ups – the Phillies southpaw will miss the rest of the season with a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain (luckily, surgery will not be required). Cole Hamels was claimed on waivers by an as of yet unidentified team (though, there is some speculation that it was the Cubs), and it is safe to assume that that team is not the Yankees … meaning that, if help is coming before August 31, it will not be of the ace variety. This may toe the line of “news for the sake of news,” but it was a pipe dream worth hanging onto for a bit.

Detroit Tigers New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Ezequiel Carrera, CF Martin Prado, 3B
Ian Kinsler, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Victor Martinez, DH Carlos Beltran, DH
J.D. Martinez, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Don Kelly, 1B Stephen Drew, SS
Nick Castellanos, 3B Francisco Cervelli, C
Alex Avila, C Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Andrew Romine, SS Brendan Ryan, 2B
Rick Porcello, SP Shane Greene, SP
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Quick Hit: Today’s Lineup, and the Almost Best Defense

Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, and Mark Teixeira have the day off, so today’s lineup will be:

Brett Gardner, LF
Martin Prado, 3B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carlos Beltran, DH
Chase Headley, 1B
Stephen Drew, SS
Francisco Cervelli, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Brendan Ryan, 2B

Shane Greene, SP

The defensive alignment of this team is almost perfect, with Drew and Ryan playing up the middle, strong defenders throughout the outfield, and Headley and Prado at first and third, respectively. However, Headley is the superior defender at third, and Prado has played 56 games at first base, as compared to four for Headley. While moving from third to first is a move down on the defensive spectrum, it is not necessarily a transition that can be made easily at the drop of the hat, so it seems curious that Joe Girardi would downgrade at both positions this afternoon.

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Game 113: Zombie Verlander v. Capuano

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out Katie’s intriguing piece on the declining Justin Verlander, and remember that she is to blame if/when he rediscovers his Cy Young form of 2011 tonight.

Detroit Tigers New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B Derek Jeter, SS
Miguel Cabrera, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Victor Martinez, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
J.D. Martinez, RF Carlos Beltran, DH
Nick Castellanos, 3B Brian McCann, C
Bryan Holaday, C Chase Headley, 3B
Andrew Romine, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Ezequiel Carrera, CF Martin Prado, RF
Justin Verlander, SP Chris Capuano, SP
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Whither the 2015 Rotation

When it was initially reported that David Phelps complained of elbow soreness, a sense of surreal panic pervaded Yankees fans. It seemed a certainty that Phelps would join Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia on the “see you in 2015″ portion of the disabled list, with standing invites to Messrs Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda merely awaiting a signature. That pessimism has abated for at least a couple of weeks, however, as Phelps instead heads to the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis – which may well be the best-case scenario for any reports of elbow pain. Despite the team’s solid play of late and mere one game deficit in the Wild Card race, this news forced me to think of the future; or, more specifically, the future of the Yankees rotation.

The 2015 Yankees have the aforementioned Nova, Sabathia, Tanaka, Pineda, and Phelps under team control for next season – a full starting five, at face value. Of course, face value is ultimately meaningless, as Nova is likely out until next summer, Sabathia’s balky knee may be career-threatening, and Tanaka and Pineda should be filed under “TBD.” I say this not with the intent of being a downer; rather, I say this as someone with a healthy amount of curiosity.…

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Game 112: Price v. Kuroda

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Game 108: Capuano v. Ranaudo

Stephen Drew will make his Yankees debut tonight, facing off against his former team in his former stomping grounds. He’ll be playing second base for the first time since 10th grade. Martin Prado has not yet joined the team, though he has been added to the active roster (Zoilo Almonte and Zelous Wheeler have been sent down to make room for the newest additions to the team). It is not outside of the realm of possibility that he will pull a Chase Headley, and end up on the field at some point tonight.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out the ‘All Questions Answered‘ episode of the It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast, where Stacey and I handled an agenda set by … well … you. Or you all. Or y’all, if you’re so inclined.

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Brock Holt, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF David Ortiz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mike Napoli, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Allen Craig, LF
Brian McCann, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B David Ross, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Mookie Betts, CF
Chris Capuano, SP Anthony Ranaudo, SP
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IIATMS Podcast Episode 28: All Questions Answered

There was an idea to bring together a group of brilliant listeners/readers, and have them set the agenda for the latest It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast. We sent out the signal, and they answered the call, and so Domenic and Stacey discuss the trade deadline, the Yankees front office, the meaning of life, and oh so much more.

Keep the questions coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza or @StaceGots.

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Game 107: Kuroda v. Lewis

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, head on over here and leave us a question for our next podcast – we’ll be recording tomorrow evening, post-deadline.

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Brett Gardner, LF Shin-Soo Choo, DH
Derek Jeter, SS Elvis Andrus, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Alex Rios, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, DH Jim Adduci, LF
Chase Headley, 3B J.P. Arencibia, 1B
Francisco Cervelli, C Leonys Martin, CF
Zoilo Almonte, RF Robinson Chirinos, C
Brendan Ryan, 2B Rougned Odor, 2B
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Colby Lewis, SP
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Quick Hit: “Owning” a Hitter

Yesterday, I ventured into the depths of Baseball-Reference to see which pitchers the Yankees hitters have “owned” over the course of their careers. Today, I will use the same parameters (minimum of 10 PA) to see which hitters the Yankees pitchers have most thoroughly dominated. Unfortunately, Messrs Tanaka and Betances have not faced a single batter ten times in their careers.

Chris Capuano – .000/.000/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Shawn Green
Shawn Kelley – .182/.182/.182, 4 K in 11 PA v. Adam Jones
Hiroki Kuroda – .000/.077/.000, 2 K in 13 PA v. Gerardo Parra
Brandon McCarthy – .000/.067/.000, 5 K in 15 PA v. Jedd Gyorko
Ivan Nova – .000/.100/.000, 4 K in 10 PA v. Adrian Gonzalez
David Phelps – .000/.111/.000, 1 K in 10 PA v. Desmond Jennings
Michael Pineda – .091/.167/.091, 4 K in 12 PA v. Jose Bautista
David Robertson – .000/.000/.000, 3 K in 11 PA v. Colby Rasmus
CC Sabathia – .000/.000/.000, 6 K in 11 PA v.…

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