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

Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.

From the New York Times 7/29/95:

It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.

 

The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.

From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays:

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Quick hit: The Didi Gregorius Game

So I was in Camden Yards last night watching the O’s walk off against the Braves and I missed all of the hullabaloo in Texas – which included my boy Alex Rodriguez’s 40th birthday home run. When my friend Dave, who was with me at the game, and keeping track of the Yankee game on his phone said that Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-run homer I replied, “Whaaaaat?” Just like that.

Then later in the game, when Gregorius plated home two more runs, my reaction was more like this:

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Anyway, here are the heat maps and spray chart of his big 3-4 with four RBI night!

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His two singles were off fastballs at 90 and 93 while his home run off an 83 mph fastball (that’s according to my system).

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As I wrote nearly a couple of weeks ago, Gregorius is slowly progressing into a solid player for the Yankees and hopefully, we’ll see more of this type of performance in the future.…

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Happy 40th Birthday, A-Rod!

A mere two days before the big 4-0, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the first time since August 2010.

And all of them were monster shots with the “shortest one” measuring 424 feet.

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While the first one, off starter Tommy Milone, came off an 88 m.p.h. cutter and traveled the furthest, it was the game-tying shot in the ninth that was really impressive because it came against closer Glen Perkins who threw Alex a 94 m.p.h. fastball that was quickly deposited to dead centerfield.

Right now, at age 40, Rodriguez is batting .277/.375/.539/.914 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI.

His spray chart:
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No one saw this performance coming. Alex included. But it has been great to watch.

Now, I know this will probably shock most of you, but I was having a tough time coming up with something to write about today. I knew, I wanted to write about Alex turning 40 but the words were not coming to me so instead, here are some of my favorite Alex Rodriguez highlights.…

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Game 97: Eovaldi vs. Gibson

Welcome to today’s game thread

Lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Teixeira DH
McCann C
Beltran RF
Jones 1B
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Hunter RF
Mauer 1B
Sano DH
Plouffe 3B
Rosario LF
Nunez SS
Suzuki C
Hicks CF

Enjoy the game!

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Game 96: Sabathia vs. Milone

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Young LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Murphy C
Ryan SS
Drew 2B

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Hicks CF
Plouffe 1B
Sano DH
Hunter RF
Escobar 3B
Robinson LF
Suzuki C
D. Santana SS

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: A tweak to the rotation in Texas

Per Meredith Marakovtis of YES:

“Yankees adjusting rotation in Texas. Nova will start Monday, TBA Tuesday, Tanaka Wednesday, Pineda Thursday”

Per Bryan Hoch:

“Yankees will insert a sixth starter on Tuesday at Texas. Girardi says it’s TBA. Could be Warren/Capuano but will NOT be Severino/Mitchell.”

Game 95: Pineda vs. Hughes

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Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Pitching matchup is Big Mikes vs. old friend Phil Hughes.

Lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Hunter RF
Mauer 1B
Sano DH
Plouffe 3B
Rosario LF
Hicks CF
Suzuki C
D Santana SS

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Hello (again) Phil Hughes!

The Yankees are facing their old teammate Phil Hughes and his surging Minnesota Twins for the first time in 2015 tonight so I thought I’d look at how opposing batters have been doing against him so far this year.

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Hughes comes into tonight’s ballgame with an 8-6 record, a 4.15 ERA, and a 4.63 FIP. He’s pitched 123 2/3 innings and has surrendered 23 home runs.

  • 1 off his curveball
  • 7 off his cutter
  • 15 off his fastball

Hughes is 6-2 at home with an ERA of 3.93, and even though Target Field is known as a pitcher’s park, he’s given up 12 of his 23 home runs at his home ballpark.

Here’s his spray chart overall for 2015 by hit type:
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Here it is broken down by ground balls, line drives, pop ups, and fly balls:
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Breaking down his arsenal

Here’s his spray chart overall:
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And here are the pitches broken down individually.

Hughes has thrown 363 cutters:
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He’s thrown 43 changeups while not surrendering a hit and getting a strikeout:
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He’s thrown 1,086 fastballs (two and four seam):
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He’s thrown 256 curveballs (ESPN’s system calls them curveballs and Baseball Savant calls them Knuckle curves):
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Hopefully the Yankees will add to Hughes’ home run total and also add another L to his record.…

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Quick analysis: A-Rod is getting better during the day

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Way back on April 30, I wrote a post chronicling Alex Rodriguez‘s struggles during day games.

Well, he’s improving slightly.

For the purpose of that post, I filtered his at bats from 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. What’s funny is that I accidentally filtered it from 1:15-7 as I was starting to write this post, and the results were way worse than 1-7. So from 1:15-7 P.M. he’s batting .200/.294/.267/.561 but when I fixed it and made it 1-7 P.M. he’s batting .237/.363/.355/.718.

I also filtered the date range as 5/1 – 7/23 since I had already written about April. This works out to 21 games and includes 1:05, 1:35, 2:00 and 4:00 starts.

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During the day, A-Rod’s batting .259/.358/.397/.755 against righties in 58 at bats:
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And he’s .167/.375/.222/.597 against lefties in 18 at bats:
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And here he is running and “sliding” during the day. Hmmm, well, okay.

So, in conclusion, A-Rod’s still not doing that great during the daylight hours but he’s doing better than he was during the first month of the season.…

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