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.

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Game 71: Hutchison vs. Phelps

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Cabrera LF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Navarro DH
Francisco 3B
Kratz C
Rasmus CF
Tolleson 2B

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran DH
Ichiro RF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

Enjoy!

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About Last Night: Brian McCann

Brian McCann is not having a good season and he would probably be the first person to tell you that.

Heading into last night’s game, McCann was batting .220/.278/.345/.623 with seven home runs, 28 RBI, 15 walks and 34 strikeouts. Even worse, his numbers in June were a dreadful .174/.240/.196/.436. He hadn’t hit a home run – in fact, his last round tripper was on 5/23 against the White Sox – he only had one extra base hit  - a double he hit against Jeremy Guthrie in Kansas City on June 6 –  he had 10 strikeouts to go along with four walks and his ISO, which measures how well a player is at hitting for extra bases, was an abysmal .022. (On the Fangraphs ISO scale an .080 is considered awful.)

Thanks to last night’s performance – he was 2-3 with a triple, a home run and a walk – McCann’s season numbers are now .226/.286/.372/.657 which are still pretty bad but maybe this sort of show at the plate will get him and his numbers moving in the right direction.…

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IIATMS Podcast Ep 22: CC & Pineda, Catchers, the Price for Price, and Rants on Rants

In a post-EJ world, Domenic and yours truly discuss the looming returns of CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, the Yankees catching dilemma/problem, and wishful thinking for David Price. I also attempt to tackle the ‘Fields of Fashion’ marketing campaign and the reactions surrounding it, and Domenic hates on Bud Selig and all things Oakland Coliseum related.

If you have questions you want us to answer, e-mail us at stupidyankeepodcast@gmail.com or you can tweet us at @IIATMS, @domeniclanza or @StaceGots.

And as always leave your suggestions and comments below.

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Game 70: Buehrle vs. Whitley

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are the lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Juan Francisco DH
Dioner Navarro C
Colby Rasmus CF
Munenori Kawasaki 2B

YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brian Roberts 2B

Your pitching matchup is Mark Buehrle vs. Chase Whitley.

Enjoy!

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Happy Anniversary, Derek Jeter!

Happy Anniversary, Derek Jeter! Nine years ago today, you hit your first (and so far only) career grand slam!

I was at this game, sitting in the left field bleachers and the Cubs fans sitting behind me couldn’t figure out why we were all flipping out so much over a grand slam that turned a 3-1 game into a 7-1 game in the middle of June. I can recall telling one of the girls behind me who was visiting from Chicago that it was Jeter’s first grand slam and she couldn’t believe it.

She said, “Wait, really? The first of his career?”

I nodded.

“Wow, that’s surprising. It seems like he’d have a few by now.”

Then I explained that his numbers up to that point with the bases loaded were really good (his average was north of .300 if I recall correctly) it was just that he had never hit a home run.…

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Mark Buehrle Scouting Report: 6/18/14

Tonight, the Yankees will be facing Mark Buehrle who is coming into tonight’s game with a 10-3 record and I thought it would be fun to look at how he’s been pitching so far this season.

Here is where he likes to throw the ball. He likes using the entire plate:
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Overall Buehrle’s holding opposing batters to a .256/.308/.372/.680 line, a .291 BABIP and a .298 wOBA. His K/BB ratio is 55/26.

This is how he pitches to righties:
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Righties are batting .272/.321/.388/.709 with three home runs and 41 strikeouts.

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This is how he pitches to lefties:
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Lefties are batting .216/.277/.333/.610 with one home run and 14 strikeouts.

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So far in 2014, batters have had the most success against Buehrle when he throws his fastball. They’re batting .298/.380/.404/.783 conversely, Buehrle has his highest strikeout rate (18.3%) on his fastball. His most successful pitch seems to be his cutter which is holding opposing batters to a .167/.250/.208/.458 line.

He’s given up four home runs all season: Two of them have come on his changeup and two have come on his fastball.…

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About Last Night: Yep, You Guessed It, It’s Tanaka Again

First of all, I’d like to take the time to thank Masahiro Tanaka for being a total badass and allowing me to do these posts about him every five days. With that said, let’s see what happened against the Blue Jays.

The night got off to an inauspicious start when Jose Reyes took Tanaka deep on the first pitch of the game:

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And after getting Melky Cabrera to line out, he got Jose Bautista to strike out swinging (low splitter pitch 5):

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But then Edwin Encarnacion hit a single:
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Then Brett Lawrie hit a single:

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And just when you thought that maybe the Blue Jays were going to be the ones to break through and have a big inning against Tanaka, he strikes out Dioner Navarro for the third out (low splitter pitch 4):

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The one thing I love about watching Tanaka is that his “bad” games would be considered excellent starts for the majority of starters in the majors. If someone else gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game and had two runners on with a chance to have a big inning, a lot of pitchers would buckle under the pressure.…

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Tuesday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/17/14

Welcome to this afternoon’s open thread.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like – there’s a lot of stuff happening this week – and in case you missed anything that was published earlier today on the site, here are your links:

  • Brad dreams of Giancarlo Stanton becoming a Yankee
  • Katie wrote about Solarte’s latest slump
  • William interviewed former Yankee Rudy May
    [Note from your benevolent Overlord: Please take time to read this amazing interview. William's incredible thoughtfulness, research and preparation in his line of questioning is as good as anyone will see in an interview. Whether you know/remember Rudy May or not, his honest and refreshing answers are a perfect fit to William's questions. Kudos, William. You done good, sir--jason]

Enjoy!

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