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 66: Happy Friday the 13th!

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. It’s Friday the 13th, there’s a full moon and the Yankees are sending David Phelps to the mound to face sonny Gray.

Should be a fun time!

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

Coco Crisp CF
John Jaso DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Derek Norris C
Nick Punto 2B
Kyle Blanks 1B

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Quick hits: Pineda, Heath Bell and, wait, Heath Bell?

Here are a couple of news items from late this afternoon/early this evening:

The Yankees signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal earlier today.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The New York Yankees have signed three-time All-Star closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract.


Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Bell’s signing before New York played at Oakland on Friday night. Bell will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Bell was released by Tampa Bay on May 4 after going 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances this season. The Rays acquired Bell from Arizona in December as part of a three-team trade.


Bell has 168 saves in 11 seasons with the New York Mets, San Diego, Miami, Arizona and Tampa Bay. He led the majors with 132 saves for the Padres from 2009-11.

Again, it’s only a minor league deal and we may never see him with the big club.

Speaking of someone we won’t see with the Yankees for a while, Joe Girardi told reporters today out in Oakland that he doesn’t expect to see Michael Pineda return to the Yankees until at least August.…

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Friday Afternoon Open Thread

Welcome to the Friday afternoon open thread.

Feel free to discuss whatever you want here. It could be about baseball, basketball, hockey, the World Cup, etc.

Be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers.

In honor of Domenic’s piece on Paul O’Neill‘s 1994 season – here’s the link in case you missed it earlier today – I’m posting this song from 30 years ago this summer that’s always played in his honor at the Stadium:

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Quick Recap: Yankees 6, Mariners 3


Jacoby Ellsbury got the Yankees out to an early 2-0 in the first inning with a shot to almost the same spot as Teixeira’s home run last night.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run double in the third to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

Derek Jeter had a nice last game in Seattle going 3-4 including a two-run single to give the Yankees a 6-1 lead.

Chase Whitley went 7 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Ellsbury also robbed Robinson Cano of a home run in the fifth inning with an amazing catch up against the left-centerfield wall – it was near the spot where Cano hit his home run against Tanaka in last night’s game. He was pulled from the game after that play because he aggravated his sore right hip which started bothering him in Kansas City this past weekend.

Not to be outdone, Brett Gardner made a catch similar to Ellsbury’s after he replaced Ellsbury in the game and robbed Mike Zunino of extra bases.…

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Game 65: Whitley vs. Elias

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are your lineups:

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

Endy Chavez RF
James Jones CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Stefen Romero DH
Dustin Ackley LF
Logan Morrison 1B
Mike Zunino C
Brad Miller SS

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Happy 40th Birthday, Hideki Matsui!

matsuiposterToday is Hideki Matsui‘s 40th birthday and in honor of this momentous occasion, I thought I’d repost part of a piece I wrote about Matsui’s heroics in late 2012.

So here you go, without further delay, here are some of Matsui’s best moments in pinstripes:

Home Opener 2003:

This was an odd day for a couple of reasons.

1) It was 35 degrees when the game started so it was like being at a football game. It had snowed the day before, it was overcast and it was pretty windy. Thank goodness I attended college in upstate New York so I knew how to dress for the weather. Actually, to be honest, I was dressed for an Arctic expedition but I was warm and toasty while others, namely my father, were freezing their rears ends off.

2) Derek Jeter was injured and not playing. Remember when Jeter had his shoulder separated on Opening Day in Toronto? Yes, that was in 2003.…

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 21: A Derek Jeter Rant and Lots of Reader Questions!

After some technical difficulties, we were finally able to edit and post the latest and greatest episode of the IIATMS podcast. I’m not going to do a rundown of everything we discussed because I would like for you to be surprised. There has to be some mystery when it comes to podcasts, right? Otherwise, why listen?

As usual, you can leave suggestions and questions below, tweet us at @IIATMS or at our individual Twitter accounts, @domeniclanza and @StaceGots and you can also email us at

See? There is no excuse for you to not get in touch with us.

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About Last Night: Masahiro Tanaka (Again)

I know it seems like all of my “About Last Night” posts are about Masahiro Tanaka but can you blame me? He’s the most reliable starter the Yankees have had in ages. He’s incredible, he’s crafty and he’s resilient. Late in last night’s game, after Brian Roberts muffed up a play that allowed James Jones to single, Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run to cut the Yankees’ lead from 4-0 to 4-2 and what did Tanaka do? He got both Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison to strikeout. Both of those strikeouts were called and both were on fastballs that were 94 and 95 mph respectively.

This kid is the real deal. Tanaka’s now 10-1 on the year, has a 2.02 ERA (it was 1.85 before Cano hit the home run), a 0.94 WHIP, and has an astounding 103/14 K/BB through his first 93 2/3 innings as a Yankee. That’s right, he’s only walked 14 batters all season.

Last night, Tanaka struck out 11 batters – seven of those strikeouts were of the swinging variety – and he walked one batter – Seager in the bottom of the seventh.…

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Happy 5th Anniversary, Luis Castillo and Alex Rodriguez!

So this ridiculous and hilarious play happened five years ago tonight:

You can admit it, you flipped away from the game, went to bed and didn’t find out that the Yankees won until the next morning. That didn’t happen to me but it happened to a few people I know.

Anyway, Happy Anniversary to Luis Castillo and Alex Rodriguez.

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