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

Game 67: Verlander vs Warren

A-Rod

Will history happen tonight?

Here’s your game thread.

TIGERS
Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Miggy 1B
V-Mart DH
Cespedes LF
J. Martinez RF
Castellanos 3B
Holaday C
Iglesias SS

Verlander P

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

Warren P

Enjoy the game!

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About Last Night: A walk to remember

It was the walk heard around the world.

In the eighth inning of last night’s game, Marlins reliever Sam Dyson really did not want to be a part of baseball history. In fact, he seemed to do whatever he could to try and avoid it.

The right hander had just walked Chase Headley after a seven-pitch at bat and Alex Rodriguez was about to step into the batter’s box for a second shot at his 3000th hit. Rodriguez had hit a ball on the screws in his previous at bat but it floated in the air and landed in the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. And at that point, almost everyone figured we’d have to wait until Friday for the big hit to happen. Then the Yankee batters made the seventh inning last a little longer after Carlos Beltran’s two-run shot put them up 5-3 which set up the dramatic moment in the eighth. Rodriguez would come to the plate, once again, sitting on hit #2,999.…

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Derek Jeter’s First and Only Grand Slam!

I was at this game and it was awesome.

I was sitting in the left field bleachers, surrounded by Cubs fans and they were wondering why we were flipping out over a grand slam in a game the Yankees were already winning. When I told one of the girls behind me that it was the first grand slam of Jeter’s career, she couldn’t believe it. I explained to her that Jeter had good numbers with the bases loaded but just never hit the ball out until that moment.

I have to say, the Cubs fans we were sitting near were pretty cool.

That was a fun, and hot, day. Being in the old left field bleachers was like sitting one top of a giant tuna can in Connecticut. It felt far away and it was sweltering.

Anyway, happy anniversary, Derek! I can’t believe it has been 10 years.

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Lunchtime news and notes: 6/18/15

Here’s some news and notes for you to peruse during your lunch break.

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About Last Night: Nathan Eovaldi and the first inning of doom

[I know, another post on Eovaldi’s start? Yes, sorry. There’s a lot to talk about. -SG]

So just how bad was last night’s game for Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees? The Marlins had more hits in the first inning (9) than the Yankees did for the entire game (7) and Eovaldi didn’t even make it out of the inning. His BABIP for his 2/3 of an inning of work was .818 and he gave up eight earned runs.

Let’s jump into the pictures of doom!

Here are those hits in spray chart form (there are two that landed in nearly the same spot so it only looks like eight but there are nine):
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Eovaldi gave up two ground ball hits, two line drives and two fly ball hits. In his last outing against the Nationals (a no decision), he gave up fewer hits overall (8) in seven innings – four line drives, one fly ball and three ground ball hits. And before that, he gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings on June 5, against the Angels – two line drives, one fly ball and one ground ball.…

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In today’s edition of Alex Rodriguez is the worst human being ever

Won’t someone think of the children?

Oh and from last night, before the game against the Marlins:

He’s the worst. What a jerk.

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Corporate espionage in baseball?

This was shaping up to be a boring Tuesday. The weather is iffy where I live (suburban New York) today and last night’s loss left a bad taste in my mouth, but then something miraculous happened…

Yes, you are reading that correctly. The FBI did an investigation and people within the Cardinals organization, hacked the Houston Astros.

From the Times’ article:

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.

This is pretty amazing.

The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the F.B.I.’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.

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About Last Night: The pitch of doom and other sad pictures

Last night’s loss was extremely irritating.

I usually try not to let games like this bother me but I wanted to put my fist through the TV. Your starter goes seven innings, gives up two runs and all you can muster is three hits? Oh okay, the Marlins did make some stellar defensive plays that robbed the Yankees of a few hits so it’s a good thing Mark Teixeira had the good sense to hit a ball 429 feet so a Marlins player couldn’t get to it or this game would have been even more annoying.

Anyway, here’s the pitch that doomed the Yankees last night. (They were probably going to lose because if the Marlins hadn’t scored in the seventh, they would have scored eventually.)

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Tanaka: “Here’s a 92 mph meatball, I mean, fastball over the plate! See what you can do with it!”
Derek Dietrich: “Hey, thanks man!”
*BOOM*

Dietrich also scored the first run against Tanaka in the second after hitting a double and scoring on a base hit.…

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