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

A Kick Save And a Beauty! Yankees 2, Athletics 1

Well, the stopper stopped the Yankees’ losing streak at four.

After John Jason took Masahiro Tanaka deep in the first inning to give Oakland a quick 1-0 lead, many Yankees were left to wonder, “Is the funk from the rest of the team making its way to Tanak as well?” the answer was an emphatic “No,” because Tanaka recovered to hold the A’s to that one run over six innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk. The Oakland batters made Tanaka work and he had to exit after 104 pitches but the bullpen – Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson – held the A’s hitters to three hits over three innings of work with five strikeouts.

The Yankees scored their two runs thanks to an Alfonso Soriano RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner solo shot in the third. Both runs came off Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz.

In the ninth inning, Robertson turned a nifty 1-3-1 putout to get the second out of frame.…

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Game 59: Happy #TANAK Day!

Happy TANAK Day, everyone! Hopefully it’s a good one because the Yankees’ season seems to be spiraling down the toilet before our eyes.

Here are your lineups:

A’S
Crisp CF
Jaso C
Donaldson 3B
Moss LF
Cespedes DH
Lowrie SS
Vogt RF
Callaspo 1B
Sogard 2B

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

Tanaka needs to be the ace, the stopper, the one who saves the bullpen, etc. because if he isn’t, the Yankees are in for a whole world of hurt.

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Game 57: Kuroda vs Kazmir

Welcome to the game thread. Tonight the Yankees welcome the Oakland Athletics to town and I’m hoping it’s not a really ugly three-game sweep, unless of course it’s the Yankees that do the sweeping.

Here are the lineups:
A’s
Crisp CF
Jaso C
Donaldson 3B
Moss DH
Cespedes LF
Lowrie SS
Callaspo 1B
Gentry RF
Sogard 2B

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter DH
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Solarte 2B
Soriano RF
Sizemore 3B
Murphy C
Ryan SS

Pitching matchup is Hiroki Kuroda vs Scott Kazmir.

The weather is a little iffy right now with rain in the forecast. If the game is delayed, we’ll let you know.

UPDATE 7:00 PM: Start time is delayed. Not sure when they’re looking to get things underway though. We’ll keep you posted.

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Masahiro Tanaka Wins American League Pitcher of the Month for May

MLB announced today that Masahiro Tanaka had won the American League pitcher of the month for May. He is the first Yankees rookie to win a Pitcher of the Month Award since the award’s inception in 1979.

In six starts in May, Tanaka went 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA, 2.21 FIP with 42 strikeouts and only six walks in 43 innings. Batters hit .229/.259/.312/.571 against him and he surrendered only two home runs. Tanaka is the first Yankee with at least 40 strikeouts and five wins in May since Whitey Ford did the same in 1963.

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Here’s how batters fared against him in May:

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If you recall, I wrote a piece documenting how the Cubs were able to find some success against Tanaka – they handed him his only loss so far this season and in that post, I showed that they had the most success, like most major league batters, with pitches that were left over the plate.

As for Tanaka, after finding out he won the award, told reporters, “I haven’t been fully successful yet.”

If this isn’t fully successful, I cannot wait to see what is.…

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Some Notes: Tonight’s Lineup, Sizemore Up, Almonte Down, Plus a Pineda Update

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Scott Sizemore 3B
J.R. Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS

Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup which is a good sign. I guess he was feeling better. Scott Sizemore was called up because the Yankees are facing a few lefties this week while Zoilo Almonte was sent down to make room for him on the roster.

And then we have this news:

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About Last Night: The Kyle Seager Show

Kyle Seager had himself quite a game last night in Yankee Stadium. He finished with two triples, a double and a home run. That works out to a .800/.800/2.400/3.200 slashline.

Here’s where his hits landed:

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In the second inning, Seager hit an 86 m.p.h. slider over the plate for his first triple:

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In the fourth inning, the Yankees’ inept defense plus a brain lock by Derek Jeter allowed Seager to get another triple in his next at bat:

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In the eighth inning, Seager reached down to get this 93 m.p.h fastball from Alfredo Aceves and hit a double:

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And finally, here’s Seager’s home run in the ninth:

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As you can see from where the pitches landed, Kyle Seager was just having one of those nights where the ball looked like a beachball, especially against Aceves in the eighth and ninth innings.…

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Game 56: Phelps vs King Felix

It’s time for the makeup game against the Mariners! Exciting. To be honest, I don’t feel too great about the Yankees’ chances tonight. The offense had trouble against two not-so-great Twins’ starters and Phil Hughes so what’s going to happen against Felix Hernandez? A shut out? A no-hitter?

Anyway here are your lineups:

MARINERS
Jones CF
Saunders RF
Cano 2B
Smoak 1B
Seager 3B
Zunino C
Ackley DH
Chavez LF
Miller SS

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Soriano DH
Suzuki RF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 1B

Do you remember two years ago tomorrow? The Yankees were in Detroit to face Justin Verlander and they scored five runs off him. The funnier part of that game was that Phil Hughes pitching a complete game (he gave up one run). Yeah, so stranger things have happened in the past and you never know, the Yankees could possibly score fi– Oh who am I kidding?

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