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 38: Nuno vs. Wheeler

Ugh, let’s not have a repeat of last night, okay? Please and thanks.

Here are your lineups:

E. Young DH
Murphy 2B
Wright 3B
C. Young LF
Granderson RF
Lagares CF
Duda 1B
d’Arnaud C
Tejada SS

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

Pitching matchup: Zack Wheeler vs Vidal Nuno.

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Quick hits: Shawn Kelley to the DL, Beltran may need surgery


The Yankees have Shawn Kelley on disabled list and have called up OF Zoilo Almonte. I guess Kelley’s back isn’t better after all.

Also, Carlos Beltran is having elbow problems, more specifically a bone spur that may need to be surgically removed. For now he’s had a cortisone shot and will know for sure if surgery is needed in 2-3 days.

It has gotten to the point where you can’t even get upset anymore when you hear about DL stints and possible surgery. I just laugh now because it is completely ridiculous.

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About Last Night: Hiroki Kuroda

Last night, Yankees pitchers – Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Thornton, Preston Claiborne and Alfredo Aceves – surrendered nine runs to the Mets.

So how did that happen? Well, according to this picture, they threw a lot of pitches over the plate which as you know, is where most major league hitters like to have pitches located.

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And here is where the hits landed:

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This is Kuroda’s heat map. (I’m going to focus on him because he didn’t have a great start.)

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This is where “pitches in play” were located:

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And here are the results:

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Kuroda gave up two home runs last night and this is where those pitches were located:

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Travis d’Arnaud’s home run was an 85 mph slider and cut the lead to 4-2:

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Curtis Granderson’s home run was a 90 mph fastball and tied the game at 4-4:


The Mets batted .318/.318/.682/1.000 overall. When you break it down by results, they batted .083/.083/.167/.250 on ground balls, .667/.667/.833/1.500 on line drives and .500/.500/2.000/2.500 on fly balls.…

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Game 37: It’s Derek Jeter’s Last Subway Series!

Hey everybody, it’s Derek Jeter’s last Subway Series! (Lucky him.)

The Yankees and Mets will play the next four games against each other – two in the Bronx and two in Queens. Last year, the Mets swept the newly abbreviated clash of the “crosstown rivals.” What will happen this year? You’re guess is as good as mine.

Here are your lineups:

Young Jr., LF
Murphy, Dn, 2B
Wright, D, 3B
Granderson, RF
Abreu, DH
Duda, 1B
Young, C, CF
d’Arnaud, T, C
Tejada, R, SS

Gardner, B, LF
Jeter, SS
Ellsbury, CF
Beltran, DH
McCann, C
Soriano, A, RF
Solarte, 3B
Johnson, K, 1B
Roberts, B, 2B

Pitching matchup: Bartolo Colon vs. Hiroki Kuroda

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Game 36: Phelps vs. Garza

Happy Mother’s Day and welcome to today’s game thread!

Here are your lineups:
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Johnson 3B
Solarte 2B
Ichiro LF
Murphy C
Phelps P

Gomez CF
Schafer RF
Weeks 2B
Overbay 1B
Reynolds 3B
Davis LF
Segura SS
Maldonado C
Garza P

David Phelps faces off against Matt Garza in the rubber game of the series.

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So So Sabathia: Brewers 5, Yankees 4

This is a game the Yankees probably could have and should have won but CC Sabathia and the Yankees’ defense had other ideas in mind.

Home runs were a problem for Sabathia once again. This time he gave up three: a solo shot to Carlos Gomez in the first inning, a two-run shot to Jonathan Lucroy in the third and a solo shot to Aramis Ramirez in the third.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third when Brett Gardner hit a triple that scored Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran hit a single to score Gardner.

After the Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the third, the Yankees chipped away in the sixth when Mark Teixeira hit his sixth home run of the season and they tied the game in the seventh after a pinch hit RBI single by Alfonso Soriano scored Kelly Johnson.

The lead and game were lost in the bottom of the seventh when Alfredo Aceves gave up an RBI single to Rickie Weeks.…

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Game 35: CC Back In Milwaukee

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

Gomez CF
Segura SS
Lucroy C
Ramirez 3B
Weeks 2B
Reynolds 1B
Davis LF
Gindl RF
Lohse P

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Roberts 2B
Ryan SS
Sabathia P

Enjoy the game and as always, behave yourselves.

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Swift Recap: Yankees 5, Brewers 3

Let’s have some fun with numbers tonight, shall we?

  • The Yankees scored four runs in the fourth, thanks to a three-run home run by Yangervis Solarte. It was second of the year.
  • Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth game of the season and is now 5-0.
  • David Robertson now has six saves in six tries.
  • Tanaka has not lost in 41 regular season starts dating back to August 2012.
  • Robertson gave up a solo shot to former teammate Mark Reynolds but also struck out three to pick up the save.
  • Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts each hit a double.
  • Ichiro Suzuki, who came in to pinch run for Beltran in the eighth after the double, stole third and later scored on a Mark Teixeira groundout.
  • Tanaka batted three times and struck out three times.
  • Solarte leads the team with 18 RBI.
  • The Yankees are now riding a three-game winning streak since dropping their first game in Anaheim on Monday night.
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