Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Quick hit: A-Rod hits home run #658

No, I’m not kidding.

Rodriguez is now two home runs away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list thanks to this two-run shot.

The Yankees and Rays are tied at four in the 7th inning.

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Quick hit: A-Rod crushes home run #657

In case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run to a seldom visited part of Tropicana Field. According to MLB Advanced Media, the home run measured 471 feet and is the longest one hit so far in 2015.

Rodriguez is now three away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list and with this home run, he passed his former teammate Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list with 1,924.

UPDATED:

471 or 477, does it matter? He hit the hell out of that ball.

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A few random thoughts sandwiched between an off day and a three-game series

I was having trouble coming up with something to write this morning. I actually had a lot of ideas and then nothing happened. I tried last night. Then I went to bed and slept on it, thinking I could wake up early and have something come to me then, but to no avail. So this random thoughts post is what I came up with. And hilariously enough, I wrote a random thoughts post last year on this same day, April 17, before a series with Tampa. How crazy is that?

  • It’s only the second Friday of the season and we’re already hearing the doom and the gloom.
  • We might as well stop watching baseball in New York because there’s nothing to look forward to.
  • Oh wait, yes there is! And that’s because the Mets are taking over New York and are going to win the World Series this year!
  • Look, I don’t begrudge the Mets their hot start (okay, so I’m about to anyway) but people need to calm the hell down.
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Off Day Open Thread: 4/16/15

Welcome to tonight’s open thread!

In case you hadn’t heard the news, an MRI on Yankees Brett Gardner‘s right wrist revealed a bone bruise Thursday which is the same as what an X-ray showed on Monday after the initial injury occurred in Baltimore after a pitch off the wrist.

The Yankees have said all along that they had hoped Gardner could be back in the lineup tomorrow night in Tampa. He was available off the bench last night but didn’t come into the game.

Right now, he’s listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?

Anyway, talk among yourselves, be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and enjoy your evening!

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Quick hit: Joe Girardi teaches his players the Zen of Yogi

I really like these silly videos MLB has been encouraging teams to make this season:

And here are the outtakes:

Enjoy!

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Beltran’s First Nine Games In Nine Pictures

It seems like every night, Joe Girardi pencils Carlos Beltran into the third spot of the lineup and every night, Yankee fans are left to wonder why. Sure, we’re only nine games into the season, but Beltran hasn’t showed us much of anything yet and maybe, he’d be better served batting somewhere else. Like Siberia. Kidding!

So this on this much-needed off day, I thought it would be fun, or, quite possibly, painful to look at Beltran’s first nine games in a series of nine pictures (mostly heat maps) just so we can see just how badly he’s performing so far.

His strikeouts (K rate 21.1%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His walks (BB rate 5.3%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His six hits:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Two singles (one from each side):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Four doubles:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Beltran’s outs (26.7 K%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Beltran against lefties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Against Righties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

What does this all add up to?…

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About Last Night: Bullpen Meltdown

Things were looking okay for the Yankees as they headed into the bottom of the sixth inning of last night’s game with a 3-2 lead against the Orioles. Right hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was making his second start of the season, ran into a little trouble at times but was able to get out of some jams and strike out nine. The only problem was that those jams and his high pitch count left manager Joe Girardi with no choice but to go to the bullpen early, and when the inning ended, the Yankees were staring at a four-run deficit.

So what happened?

Right hander David Carpenter came in to replace Eovaldi and on the second pitch of his outing – an 84 mph slider – gave up a home run (and the lead) to Jonathan Schoop.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

For the next batter, Alejandro De Aza, Carpenter decided to use his fastball. Pitch one was a strike on the outside corner that De Aza fouled off, pitch two (in green) was called a ball by home plate ump Sean Barber.…

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Quick hit: A-Rod hits home run #656, now four away from tying Mays

Alex Rodriguez is now four home runs away from tying Willie Mays after hitting a bomb to deep left field off Orioles starter Bud Norris in the fourth inning of tonight’s game.

No, seriously, he hit that ball really far.

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Game 9: Norris vs. Eovaldi

The Yankees are in Baltimore for one more game before a much-needed off day. Brett Gardner is still out of the lineup but could be a pinch hitter or runner, if needed. He told reporters he expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.

Bud Norris will be facing off against Nathan Eovaldi.

Here are the lineups courtesy of Baseball Press and my laziness:

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Enjoy the game!

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