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

The Slow and Steady (Offensive) Progression of Didi Gregorius

Replacing a long time Yankees position player is never an easy task for anyone. Most of the guys who have been asked to fill some big shoes in recent years have stumbled along the way. And replacing a Yankees lifer and future Hall of Famer like Derek Jeter is damn near impossible, but Didi Gregorius is slowly becoming more and more comfortable as the Yankees’ starting shortstop, and that is a very good thing.

(Note: I am only looking at his offensive numbers in this post. Someone much smarter can feel free to delve into his defense if they dare.)

This is how Gregorius’ spray chart looks overall so far this season:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

As you can see, it’s not an overwhelming spray chart, but you will see in this post that the numbers have gone up from month to month.

Some splits

  • He’s batting .176/.243/.221/.464 against lefties, which was expected and .259/.309/.361/.670 against righties.
  • He’s batting .258/.326/.355/.680 in Yankee wins and .212 /.248/.288/.536 in losses.
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2015 All-Star Game Thread

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Here’s your 2015 All-Star game thread!

Starting lineups:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Mike Trout CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
Lorenzo Cain RF
Adam Jones LF
Salvador Perez C
Jose Altuve 2B
Alcides Escobar SS

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Andrew McCutchen CF
Todd Frazier 3B
Bryce Harper RF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Buster Posey C
Anthony Rizzo DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Joc Pederson LF
DJ LeMahieu 2B

Starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel AL and Zach Greinke NL

AL RESERVES

Position players: Russell Martin (C, Blue Jays), Stephen Vogt (C, A’s), Mark Teixeira (1B, Yankees), Brian Dozier (2B, Twins), Jason Kipnis (2B, Indians), Jose Iglesias (SS, Tigers), Manny Machado (3B, Orioles), Mike Moustakas (3B, Royals), Brock Holt (IF, Red Sox), Brett Gardner (OF, Yankees), J.D. Martinez (OF, Tigers), Prince Fielder (DH, Rangers)

​Pitchers: Chris Archer (SP, Rays), Dellin Betances (RP, Yankees), Brad Boxberger (RP, Rays), Zach Britton (RP, Orioles), Wade Davis (RP, Royals), Felix Hernandez (SP, Mariners), Kelvin Herrera (RP, Royals), Darren O’Day (RP, Orioles), Glen Perkins (RP, Twins), David Price (SP, Tigers), Chris Sale (SP, White Sox), Hector Santiago (SP, Angels)

Injured/Ineligible to play: Jose Bautista (OF, Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (1B, Tigers), Alex Gordon (OF, Royals), Sonny Gray (SP, A’s)

NL RESERVES

Position players: Yasmani Grandal (C, Dodgers), Yadier Molina (C, Cardinals), Adrian Gonzalez (1B, Dodgers), Joe Panik (2B, Giants), Brandon Crawford (SS, Giants), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies), Nolan Arenado (3B, Rockies), Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs), Ryan Braun (OF, Brewers), A.J.

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Home Run Derby Open Thread

Welcome to the Home Run Derby Open Thread!

Things are going to be different this year. The derby’s now a single-elimination tournament, with three rounds.

Here are the contestants in the order of how they’re seeded:

And here’s the bracket! (Very exciting stuff!)
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Here are all of the details of the new and improved contest:

In each round, the better seed will hit second.

 

Each of the three rounds will consist of five minutes per batter, per round, with the time starting when the first pitch is thrown. For any home runs hit in the final minute, the clock will stop, and won’t start again until the batter either hits a ball that isn’t a home run or swings and misses.

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Scattered Thoughts Going into the All-Star Break

Hooray!

Hooray!

Isn’t that picture a lovely sight?

I found it amusing, and if I’m going to be completely honest with you, slightly annoying how people – mainly national columnists – were crowing that the Yankees needed to look out for the big, bad Red Sox this weekend, as if Boston didn’t have three other teams to leapfrog in order to cause a stir in the AL East Standings. And what happened? The Yankees won two out of three games anyway.

Would we have preferred a sweep? Sure, but in the grand scheme of things, any time you can escape from Fenway Park with two wins, even when the current Sox squad isn’t doing that great overall, it’s a positive series.

And it was nice to see old man Alex Rodriguez finish his first half* strong. He’s batting .278/.382/.515/.897 with a .386 wOBA and 148 wRC+. Not to mention his 18 home runs and 51 RBI. Pretty good for a guy who was going to be cut during Spring Training.…

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Quick hit: Refsnyder gets his first hit and first homer!

Rob Refsnyder had a nice day at the plate finishing 2-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Here’s the single:

Here’s the homer:

Hopefully we’ll see more from him after the All-Star break.

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Game 88: Eovaldi vs Miley

Here’s your game thread.

The last one before the All-Star break. Can you believe it?!

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Young RF
McCann C
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Refsnyder 2B

Eovaldi P

RED SOX
Betts CF
Holt 2B
Bogaerts SS
Sandoval 3B
Ramirez DH
De Aza LF
Victorino RF
Shaw 1B
Hanigan C

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Some roster moves 7/11/15

Per all the NY beat writers on Twitter and the Yankees’ PR Twitter account: The Yankees signed INF Rob Refsnyder to a Major League contract and selected him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, have optioned INF Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and have transferred OF Mason Williams to the 60-day disabled list.

So this means that if you had visions of Stephen Drew being released or DFA’d dancing in your head, I hate to tell you this but it looks like it’s not happening any time soon.

Game 87: Nova vs. Rodriguez

Here’s tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

RED SOX
Betts CF
Holt 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Sandoval 3B
Napoli 1B
De Aza RF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Young RF
Headley 3B
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Refsnyder 2B

Enjoy the game!

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