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

About Last Night: Masahiro Tanaka and the Fastball of Doom

Here’s the pitch that Masahiro Tanaka left up in the zone to Mike Napoli:

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It was a 96 m.p.h fastball that Napoli hit out of the park to give the Red Sox their ninth inning lead and while celebrating in the dugout, he called Tanaka an idiot for throwing it. Napoli claimed afterward that he was just shocked Tanaka didn’t offer his splitter.

Well, now Tanaka knows better.

The main takeaway from last night’s game is not the loss but that this year is a learning experience. Tanaka is learning how to handle pitching in the Majors and so far, he’s doing a pretty good job. He was bound to hit a bump or two in the road along the way, but as he has demonstrated in his 16 starts this season, he has been able to bounce back.

[Graphic courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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About Last Night: Did That Actually Happen?

Vidal Nuno pitching in Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox could have and probably should have been a recipe for disaster especially when you consider his habit of giving up the home run ball when he starts at home but a disaster isn’t what happened last night. Nuno was actually pretty good. And even though he only lasted 5.2 innings because of a high pitch count  — he left the game after throwing 91 pitches — he was actually quite effective during his somewhat limited outing, holding the Red Sox to only two hits. He also struck out five and walked two.

In the picture below, you will notice that the Red Sox, even when they were making contact, were only able to drive the ball a few times with the dots in green and light blue landing for hits.

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The ball that traveled the longest distance was Brock Holt‘s double in the third (the green dot in the picture above) which came on an 86 m.p.h.…

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Friday Afternoon Open Thread: Ain’t That Peculiar?

One of my favorite things to do is to look at old boxscores on Baseball Reference to see what happened on specific dates. A lot of times I’ll go way back and look at games from the 40’s and 50’s but today I thought I’d look back at June 27 to see what happened 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

It just so happens that 20 years ago today, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-1 up in Fenway and as the late, great Mel Allen would say, “How about that?” I thought it was a cool coincidence and that it would definitely help with the discussion in this afternoon’s open thread. So I went back even further and took a look at 1984, 1974 and 1964. I looked in that order and was typing out some information about the games until I got to 1964 which is when I discovered something very peculiar and actually pretty wonderful.

On June 27, 1964, Yogi Berra was manager when the Yankees beat the Tigers 5-4 at the Stadium.…

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This weekend: The rivalry continues!

The Yankees and Red Sox are playing a three-game set at the Stadium this weekend and I thought it would be fun to take a brief look back at a game from four years ago that, of course, ended with the boys in pinstripes triumphantly celebrating a victory in dramatic fashion.

The night was May 17, 2010 and it was your typical New York-Boston game. It was one of those back and forth contests where the Yankees started off the game by scoring five runs off Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox slowly clawed back into the game against Phil Hughes. The Red Sox eventually took a 9-7 lead in the eighth inning against Chan Ho Park thanks to back-to-back home runs by Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis.

With the Yankees still down 9-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the stage was set for a comeback.

Boston’s closer Jonathan Papelbon came in to relieve Daniel Bard and finish the game.…

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Off Day Open Thread: Happy Birthday, Derek Jeter!

As you all know it’s Derek Jeter‘s 40th birthday and I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane today and to revisit some of the key moments in his illustrious, Hall of Fame career.

His firsts

Hit:

RBI:

Yankee Stadium hit:

Home run:

First walk-off hit, which makes me miss when they used to play ‘Shout’ at the Stadium:

First of many playoff hits:

First (and so far only) grand slam:

Passing people

Jeter passes Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ All-Time hit list:

He passes Mickey Mantle on the all-time All Star hit list:

He passes Willie Mays on the MLB All-Time hit list:

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