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

Open thread: Looking back at April 18, 2005

The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT

The 2005 Yankees – Courtesy of the NYT

As some of you know, I like to look for games from previous years to write about. Sometimes they’re significant like playoff games and sometimes they’re just your average, run of the mill, regular season games. But when I looked up April 18 and went back to 2005, I was actually giddy at what I saw because the Yankees completed a feat so amazing in that particular game that when it was happening live, I kept saying to myself, “Is this actually happening?” And even more amazing is that they would actually repeat that same exact feat just over two months later against the same team.

Okay, enough with the suspense.

Going into the game on the evening of April 18, 2005, the New York Yankees found themselves in fourth place with a 5-8 record. Right behind them were their opponents for the night, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who were 4-9.…

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About Last Night: The Alex Rodriguez Show

We’re 10 games into the 2015 season and Alex Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 /1.214 with four home runs, 11 RBI, a .514 wOBA and a 238 wRC+. Hmmm, not bad for the guy most people were writing off before the season even started.

  • “His bat speed is gone.”
  • “He’s too old.”
  • “He’s been gone from the game too long.”

Obviously, these numbers are not sustainable, but for now, it is very fun to watch Rodriguez silence the loudmouths who were waiting to dance on his grave and make the people who were marching with torches and pitchforks have to give him some credit for his performance so far. Oh hi, there Mike Lupica!

So what did Rodriguez do last night? Not much, he just won the game for the Yankees by being responsible for four of their five runs and driving in the game-winning run.

His first home run came off Rays’ starter Nathan Karns in the second inning. Karns threw a 92 m.p.h.…

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Quick hit: A-Rod crushes home run #657

In case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run to a seldom visited part of Tropicana Field. According to MLB Advanced Media, the home run measured 471 feet and is the longest one hit so far in 2015.

Rodriguez is now three away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list and with this home run, he passed his former teammate Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list with 1,924.

UPDATED:

471 or 477, does it matter? He hit the hell out of that ball.

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A few random thoughts sandwiched between an off day and a three-game series

I was having trouble coming up with something to write this morning. I actually had a lot of ideas and then nothing happened. I tried last night. Then I went to bed and slept on it, thinking I could wake up early and have something come to me then, but to no avail. So this random thoughts post is what I came up with. And hilariously enough, I wrote a random thoughts post last year on this same day, April 17, before a series with Tampa. How crazy is that?

  • It’s only the second Friday of the season and we’re already hearing the doom and the gloom.
  • We might as well stop watching baseball in New York because there’s nothing to look forward to.
  • Oh wait, yes there is! And that’s because the Mets are taking over New York and are going to win the World Series this year!
  • Look, I don’t begrudge the Mets their hot start (okay, so I’m about to anyway) but people need to calm the hell down.
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Off Day Open Thread: 4/16/15

Welcome to tonight’s open thread!

In case you hadn’t heard the news, an MRI on Yankees Brett Gardner‘s right wrist revealed a bone bruise Thursday which is the same as what an X-ray showed on Monday after the initial injury occurred in Baltimore after a pitch off the wrist.

The Yankees have said all along that they had hoped Gardner could be back in the lineup tomorrow night in Tampa. He was available off the bench last night but didn’t come into the game.

Right now, he’s listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?

Anyway, talk among yourselves, be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and enjoy your evening!

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Beltran’s First Nine Games In Nine Pictures

It seems like every night, Joe Girardi pencils Carlos Beltran into the third spot of the lineup and every night, Yankee fans are left to wonder why. Sure, we’re only nine games into the season, but Beltran hasn’t showed us much of anything yet and maybe, he’d be better served batting somewhere else. Like Siberia. Kidding!

So this on this much-needed off day, I thought it would be fun, or, quite possibly, painful to look at Beltran’s first nine games in a series of nine pictures (mostly heat maps) just so we can see just how badly he’s performing so far.

His strikeouts (K rate 21.1%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His walks (BB rate 5.3%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

His six hits:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Two singles (one from each side):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Four doubles:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Beltran’s outs (26.7 K%):

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats in Info

Beltran against lefties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Against Righties:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

What does this all add up to?…

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About Last Night: Bullpen Meltdown

Things were looking okay for the Yankees as they headed into the bottom of the sixth inning of last night’s game with a 3-2 lead against the Orioles. Right hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was making his second start of the season, ran into a little trouble at times but was able to get out of some jams and strike out nine. The only problem was that those jams and his high pitch count left manager Joe Girardi with no choice but to go to the bullpen early, and when the inning ended, the Yankees were staring at a four-run deficit.

So what happened?

Right hander David Carpenter came in to replace Eovaldi and on the second pitch of his outing – an 84 mph slider – gave up a home run (and the lead) to Jonathan Schoop.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

For the next batter, Alejandro De Aza, Carpenter decided to use his fastball. Pitch one was a strike on the outside corner that De Aza fouled off, pitch two (in green) was called a ball by home plate ump Sean Barber.…

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