Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

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Thursday afternoon news and notes: 6/4/15

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Courtesy: USA TODAY

It’s another slow day so here are some links for you to look at.

And, of course, if any news breaks this afternoon or evening, we’ll have it for you.

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Thursday morning reflections after a sweep in Seattle

I said this other day after the Yankees were able to beat Felix Hernandez: This team is confounding.

They will sweep the best team in the league (in the AL and at the time the series began), lose three out of four to a terrible team in Oakland and then sweep the Mariners in Seattle while facing the aforementioned Hernandez.

And guess what? The Yankees are in first place and four games above .500! They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games, not that you’d know that with the way some people are reacting to how they’re playing.

Are they a great team? No, but in the AL Least – no, I did not spell that wrong – being just good enough will probably be more than adequate to win the division.

Were these three games against Seattle good? Yes and no.

Beating King Felix was fun but barely beating a rookie in Mike Montgomery – well, they actually didn’t beat him, they had to wait until Fernando Rodney entered the game to make some noise – and being nearly shut down by Taijuan Walker wasn’t that great.…

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Quick hit: Yanks DFA Carpenter to make room for TANAK

[insert gif of someone doing a dance]

I do feel bad for David Carpenter and thought he’d do well for the Yankees, but, on the other hand, I really did not want to see him fail in another high leverage situation. As Sweeny Murti tweeted, “He retired only 13 of 22 first batters faced and let 4 of 9 inherited runners score. 7th inning guys won’t last like that.”

Welcome back, #TANAK.

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Evening Open Thread: 6/2/15


Good evening!

As we wait for yet another west coast night game to begin, I figured an open thread was in order.

I went to Baseball Reference’s website to look at this date in Yankee history and, if you know me well, you know I was only looking at years that ended in a “0” or a “5.” Well, guess what? I looked at four different years and the Yankees lost three out of the four games. The lone victory came on June 2, 2000.

The Yankees were playing the Braves in Turner Field, El Duque made the start (and got the win) and the hitting star of the night, was none other than Ricky Ledee.

He was 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and a walk. He scored once and had four RBI.

Good for him.

Anyway, you know the drill. Discuss whatever you’d like, be respectful and enjoy your evening. The game thread will be up at 9:30.…

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About Last Night: The Yankees did what against Felix Hernandez?

When Felix Hernandez had a six-pitch first inning and had only thrown 21 pitches after recording nine outs, most people watching last night’s game were thinking his outing would be quick, painless (for him) and a disaster for the Yankees. When Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon walked out of the home dugout to take the ball from his ace, who by that point, in the fifth inning, had surrendered seven runs to the Yankees, most people watching the game couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

The 2015 Yankees are confounding. They’ll sweep the best team in the American League, lose three out of four to the worst and just when you think they can’t get any more confusing, they’ll score seven runs on King Felix.

This is how it happened (Just in case you went to bed early).

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley hit back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning. Gardner advanced to third on Headley’s single. When Alex Rodriguez was up to bat, Hernandez threw a wild pitch and Gardner scored.…

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Quick hit: The Yankees on stage at Radio City

Earlier today, the Yankees Twitter account posted a video of Liza Minelli singing “New York, New York” with some members of the New York Yankees.

It’s from a show was called, “Night of 100 Stars” which aired on ABC on March 8, 1982. It was taped a few weeks prior and featured people from Minelli and Lionel Richie to Princess Grace (Kelly) and Howard Cosell.

I am pretty sure I watched this program as a kid because my mom was really into this sort of thing but I barely remember it.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty hilarious to watch guys like Bob Watson, Ron GuidryWillie Randolph and Jerry Mumphrey perform on stage with Liza Minelli.

You can treat this as an open thread until the Game Thread goes up at 9:30. Enjoy!

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The Yankees and their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad May

This is the story about the Yankees and their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad May – in pictures and in numbers.

Record: 13-16 (6-4 at home, 7-12 on the road and putrid 5-13 in their last 18)

119 runs scored
134 runs allowed

They ended May losing three out of four to the worst team in the American League and were shutout in the final game of the month.

Overall, the team batted .249/.309/.401/.710 with a 17.5% K rate and a 7.2% BB rate in 989 total at bats in May.

They batted .255/.319/.404/.723 from the left side.
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They batted .234/.284/.395/.679 from the right side.
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They batted .269/.341/.487/.828 at home.
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They batted .239/.292/.358/.649 on the road.
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May’s best hitter (with over 75 at bats): Alex Rodriguez .316/.369/.571/.941
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May’s worst hitter (with over 75 at bats): Stephen Drew .143/.188/.220/.407
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Carlos Beltran had himself a nice month batting .298/.316/.500/.816, both Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann matched A-Rod’s monthly home run number with six.…

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