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.

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Game 30: The Rubber Game

Welcome to today’s game thread.

HEre are your lineups:

RAYS
Forsythe 3B
Jennings CF
Longoria DH
Myers RF
Rodriguez 2B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Guyer LF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Johnson 5
Solarte 2B
Gardner LF
Murphy C

Pitching matchup: Bedard vs. Sabathia

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Game 29: Another one? So Soon?

It’s a nice, sunny afternoon in the Bronx.

Let’s hope the Yankees will make it even nicer for the fans who stayed up to watch last night’s debacle by maybe, possibly, hopefully winning?

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist SS
Jennings DH
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
DeJesus CF
Rodriguez 2B
Hanigan C

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

The pitching matchup is #TANAK vs Odorizzi.

You will notice that Beltran and Jeter are sitting today. And in, “hello again” news, Alfredo Aceves got the call at 1 a.m. that he’d be joining the big club again. Our own Kenny Ducey tweeted “Jeter just saw Aceves in the locker room and welcomed him back with a smile, hug, and a few punches to the side.” Hopefully they weren’t hard punches but since they came from Jeter, I’m willing to bet they weren’t. Anyway, Aceves will be the longman — if needed — because both Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley are unavailable.…

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Yankees waste about a million scoring chances and lose to the Rays in extras

mr-yuk

This game was awful and we don’t need to rehash all of that awfulness.

There were awful at bats, awful baserunning, and ultimately an awful top of the 14th in which the game went from being tied at 5 to the Rays taking a 10-5 lead.

More awfulness:

  • The Yankees left seven men on base in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. (Per Joe Lemire on Twitter)
  • Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career and his batting average fell from .271 to .250. (Per about 5,000 people on Twitter)

AWFUL.

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Game 28: Hits? A win? Maybe?

Happy Friday evening, everyone and welcome to tonight’s game thread.

The Rays are in town for a three-game series. Thrilling, right? You know what is thrilling? Tonight is Joe Girardi’s 1000th game as Yankees manager. Let’s get him a win boys!

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings, CF
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Rodriguez LF
Loney 1B
Forsythe DH
Escobar SS
Molina C

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

Your pitching matchup: Vidal Nuno vs. David Price

Enjoy the game!

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A Brian McCann Update With Colors, Charts and Pictures!

We are a month into the 2014 season and new Yankees catcher Brian McCann isn’t getting off to a great start so far in Pinstripes. Right now, McCann’s batting .225/.266/.348/.614 with a wOBA of .266 which doesn’t look very good but how are his splits?

Against lefty pitchers he’s batting .313/.371/.469/.840 with a wOBA of .369. His K% is only 2.9 and his BB% is 5.7. And here is where his hits against lefties are going:

hit-chart (18)

Notice the opposite field hits?

And here’s how his average looks against lefties on a hot/cold grid:

strike-zone (9)

He is having trouble in the middle of the plate but is doing fine if it’s slightly outside or low.

Against righty pitchers he’s batting .175/.203/.281/.484 with a wOBA of .204 with a K% of 3.5 and BB% of 3.4. Clearly, righty pitchers have his number.

hit-chart (19)

You’ll notice that even though he’s having trouble against righties, he has hit two of his three home runs against them. (Them being John Lackey – McCann hit two home runs off him in a start on April 12)

And here’s how his average looks against righties on a hot/cold grid:

strike-zone (10)

He really likes the outside pitch in this one as well but you’ll also notice his numbers are not bad in the middle of the plate.…

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Game 27: Kuroda vs Elias

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are your lineups:

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

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

Pitching matchup is Kuroda vs. Elias

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Yankees Month In Review: April

After starting the season losing two of three to the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park, some Yankee fans were already questioning the team’s ability to do anything but they recovered well by winning five of their eight series in April. A big key to their successful April was winning five of their first seven games against the Red Sox, splitting a four-game series in Tampa, which has been a house of horrors for them lately and winning two of three from the Angels this past weekend.

So now, the Yankees find themselves atop the American League East standings with a 15-11 record on May 1. Their pythagorean W-L is record 12-14 which means they’re performing better than they should be and so far, they have scored 110 runs while allowing 121 runs. Not helping their run differential were their three blowout losses in April:

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