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 #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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About Last Night: CC Sabathia

In his first start of the season, CC Sabathia faced the Toronto Blue Jays and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in only 5 ⅔ innings to pick up the loss. But he also struck out eight, didn’t walk a batter and didn’t surrender a home run.

Last night’s game was similar in many ways.

“Lucky” Seven and Adam Jones

Seven was a big number for Sabathia last night. He pitched seven innings, gave up seven hits and struck out seven. He also gave up four runs, walked one batter and gave up a home run to Adam Jones. Jones had two RBI last night. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third.

Jones has faced Sabathia more than any other pitcher in baseball (72 plate appearances) and he is batting .273/.306/.545/.851 with four home runs, four doubles, a triple and 14 RBI, but Sabathia shouldn’t feel too bad because eight games into the 2015 season, Jones is batting .429/.469/.929/1.397 with a .579 wOBA and a 278 wRC+.…

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About Last Night: Stephen Drew vs. Tommy Hunter

When Joe Girardi had Stephen Drew pinch hit for Brett Gardner, a lot of Yankee fans were questioning his sanity. And with good reason. Drew was batting .150/.182/.300/.482. After Drew deposited a 95 mph fastball from Tommy Hunter into the Camden Yards abyss for a grand slam, Yankee fans were too excited to remember that they were even complaining about the move.

So how did Drew complete that feat? He didn’t swing the bat until the fifth pitch of the at bat. Hunter started the at bat with a sinker* followed by a curveball: The sinker was a called strike and the curve was a ball. He then went to his fastball for the remainder of the at bat. (*One system I looked at says sinker, the other says curve. I am going with a sinker for this post.)

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After seeing Hunter’s fastball two times, Drew put on a good swing on pitch number five.

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As you can see, it was on the upper outside corner of the zone but given that called strike one of the at bat was a little out of the zone, I actually don’t blame Drew for swinging.…

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About Last Night: The offense comes alive!

Well, we wanted (needed) the Yankees to snap out of their offensive slumber last night and by the time the first inning ended, they had seven runs on the board.

The offensive outburst, which lasted most of the game and resulted in 14 runs (they only scored 17 in the previous 5 games combined), helped raise the team’s slash line to .233/.318/.404/.721.

All of the starters had at least one hit, Brian McCann hit the 200th home run of his career – the fifth against the Red Sox since becoming a Yankee – and Chase Headley and Stephen Drew went yard back-to-back in that crazy first inning.

If we isolate some of last night’s numbers, this is what they look like:

  • The team slash line for the game was .444/.500/.722/1.222.
  • With men on: .500/.522/.722/1.244.
  • With no outs: .688/.667/.875 /1.542.
  • With one out: .273/.333/.909/1.242.
  • With two outs: .222/.364/.222/.586.
  • Okay, so that’s not good but their K rate with two outs was 0% and their walk rate was 18%.
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Game 6: #TANAK vs Buchholz

I really hate feeling this way so early in the season but tonight is a must win game. Finishing a home stand 1-5 is pretty putrid so let’s not and say we did, okay? Oh, and after this home stand ends, the Yankees will be playing 25 of their next 35 games on the road. Oy.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX
Betts CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Sandoval 3B
Napoli 1B
Victorino RF
Bogaerts SS
Hanigan C

Buchholz P

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

Tanaka P

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Quick hit: And the hits just keep on not coming

Good morning!

This is what a team-wide .193 batting average looks like in heat map form.

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The team’s full slash line as of this morning (and after five games) is a horrifyingly awful .193/.280/.342/.623. Their K rate is 21.5% and their walk rate is 8.9.

And here is the team’s fly ball distance grid:

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The balls are not going anywhere yet.

The team’s best hitter is Alex Rodriguez who is batting .278/.350/.500/.850 in 20 at bats. The worst hitter is Carlos Beltran who is batting .100/.136/.200/.336 also in 20 at bats.

Is this a blip? Just a bit of an opening week sputter to start the season? Or is it something much more sinister and scary? We’ll check in next week after the Yankees play some games on the road.

[Heat map, grid and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Game 5: Kelly vs. Warren

If you stayed up for the entire game last night, what the hell is wrong with you? Just kidding. I did too. We’re all gluttons for punishment, I guess.

Here are your lineups:

RED SOX
Holt CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Sandoval 3B
Craig LF
Nava RF
Bogaerts SS
Hanigan C

Kelly P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Young CF
Beltran DH
A-Rod 1B
Headley 3B
Jones RF
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Petit 2B

Warren P

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