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

Quick hit: And the hits just keep on not coming

Good morning!

This is what a team-wide .193 batting average looks like in heat map form.

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The team’s full slash line as of this morning (and after five games) is a horrifyingly awful .193/.280/.342/.623. Their K rate is 21.5% and their walk rate is 8.9.

And here is the team’s fly ball distance grid:

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The balls are not going anywhere yet.

The team’s best hitter is Alex Rodriguez who is batting .278/.350/.500/.850 in 20 at bats. The worst hitter is Carlos Beltran who is batting .100/.136/.200/.336 also in 20 at bats.

Is this a blip? Just a bit of an opening week sputter to start the season? Or is it something much more sinister and scary? We’ll check in next week after the Yankees play some games on the road.

[Heat map, grid and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Game 5: Kelly vs. Warren

If you stayed up for the entire game last night, what the hell is wrong with you? Just kidding. I did too. We’re all gluttons for punishment, I guess.

Here are your lineups:

Holt CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Sandoval 3B
Craig LF
Nava RF
Bogaerts SS
Hanigan C

Kelly P

Gardner LF
Young CF
Beltran DH
A-Rod 1B
Headley 3B
Jones RF
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Petit 2B

Warren P

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Tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Young RF
Drew SS
Petit 2B

Eovaldi P

Gardner and McCann are back! A-Rod’s batting third! Beltran and his .100 BA will be on the bench watching from afar.

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Quick hit: Looking at some heat maps, or in this case, cold maps

The Yankees’ bats are cold right now.

How cold? Their slashline as a team is .191/.305/.348/.653. Yikes.

I thought it would be cool (or in this instance, cold) to look at their “heat” maps so far. Please keep in mind this is a tiny sample size and things will hopefully change as the season progresses. If not, we’re in for a long and sad trip.


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Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley have a hit from each side of the plate.
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Carlos Beltran has one hit from the left side:
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Hopefully these maps will improve by next week but with Boston coming in for three games this weekend, I’m afraid we will still be seeing a lot more blue than red.

[Heat maps courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Quick hit: A-Rod goes deep, needs five more to catch Mays


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A-Rod’s batting second tonight

Ellsbury CF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
Young LF
Murphy C
Petit 2B
Gregorius SS

Sabathia P

(Oh and Murphy, Petit and Young are also in the lineup.)


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Quick hit: Vote for the Yankees’ “Franchise Four”

MLB has a new promotional campaign and they want you to be a part of it. It’s another vote fan but with a twist. This time around, each team’s fan base will cast votes on their Franchise Four. MLB wants the fans to, “Vote for the four most impactful players who best represent the history of the Yankees.”

With the Yankees’ rich history and tradition, we certainly have a lot of players to choose from and the eight they picked are all worthy candidates.


The vote is open until May 8 and the winners will be unveiled at this year’s All Star game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

And just so you know, there is also a write-in vote, in case there’s a player you think should be among the choices for Franchise Four, but who wasn’t part of the original selection.



The choice between the original eight is actually kind of tough. I can pick three right away but then that last one is a bit tough.…

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Quick hit: Romine clears waivers

I’m actually surprised no one wanted Romine and that he made it through the waiver period without being picked up. There were some reports in Spring Training that the Phillies were interested in him.

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