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

Thoughts leading up to another series with Boston

It’s Friday morning, it’s the day after an off day and I have the early slot so you know what that means.

It’s random thoughts time!

  • Hold onto your butts! It’s time for another Yankees-Red Sox series!
  • What’s with the schedule this year? Why does it feel like the Yankees are only playing AL East teams?
  • I know that’s not completely true because they played the Tigers and the Mets but after they play Boston, they’re playing the Blue Jays up into Toronto, come home to play the Orioles in a four-game series and then go back on the road to play the Rays in the Slop again.
  • I guess it’s a good thing because they’ll have played the Rays nine times before May 15, but I don’t know, something seems off to me.
  • CC Sabathia is looking for his first win tonight and he’s going up against Justin Masterson.
  • Why do I have a feeling CC isn’t even going to last four innings?
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Off Day Open Thread

Oops! I was supposed to post this at 6:30 and completely forgot to do it.

It may be an off day for the Yankees but there is a whole lot of stuff happening tonight:

  • The NFL Draft is starting.
  • The Rangers and Capitals start their series.
  • There’s a two hour Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Okay maybe there isn’t a lot happening tonight…

Anyway, feel free to discuss whatever you like. Oh and if you missed some stuff on our site today, here are some links:

Enjoy your evening!

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Alex Rodriguez sucks during the day

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Alex Rodriguez cannot hit during the day.

Now, granted, the Yankees haven’t played a lot of games during the day up to this point in the season – only 5 games – but in the afternoon games in which they have played, and in the afternoon games he has played in, he has been awful. In yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Rays, Rodriguez was 0-6 with four strikeouts and from where I was sitting, way the heck up in the upper deck between third and the left field foul pole, it looked like he couldn’t pick up any pitches. (Of course, that’s a bit hyperbolic because he did foul off some balls and his at bats weren’t just three pitches in length.) But it was because of what I witnessed in Yankee Stadium yesterday that I decided to see just what Rodriguez was doing during day games compared to how he was performing at night and this is what I found.…

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Quick hit: Tanaka to the 15-day DL

Well, this isn’t great news.

While it’s good that it’s not his elbow, anytime you have a strain in the pitching arm, it’s not very positive news because it could be a precursor to something more.

Let’s cross our fingers that it’s not.


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Quick hit: A-Rod’s working with Didi

In case you needed more proof that Alex Rodriguez is a monster and shouldn’t be playing baseball.

Exhibit A:

Oh wait…

Now, if he could only work with Gregorius at the plate as well.

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Quick hit: Welcome back, Chase Whitley!

Whitley vs SEA

Chase Whitley is back and getting his first start of the 2015 season tonight thanks to the Yankees pushing back their rotation a day. Whitley was 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 starts last season. So, no, he’s not usually a starter. He was used out of necessity last season when injuries began to plague the starting rotation.

The last time Whitley faced Tampa was last September 10. He was forced to come into the game after that day’s starter, Chris Capuano, coughed up four runs in just a 1/3 of an inning of work. Whitley kept Tampa at bay for 2 2/3 innings and gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one. He threw 41 pitches, 24 for strikes. The day before, in another game when the starter was roughed up a bit – this time it was Hiroki Kuroda – Whitley pitched 1 1/3 innings with one walk, two strike outs and he didn’t give up a hit.…

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About Last Night: Brian McCann

Brian McCann hit a home run last night! So far, as a Yankee, McCann has hit 25 home runs and 21 of them have been hit at Yankee Stadium.

Last night’s long ball came in the sixth inning off Rays reliever, Brandon Gomes. Gomes started McCann off with a 73 m.p.h. slider that was low in the zone and called a strike. Home plate ump, Greg Gibson, was calling low strikes all night. Gomes came back at McCann with a ball in almost the same spot but this time it was a 91 m.p.h. fastball that McCann hit like he was using a pitching wedge and golfed it into the second deck to put the Yankees up 2-1.

As you can see below, Gibson’s low strike calls left a lot to be desired all night. Gomes was pushing his luck trying to get a second one and McCann did a good job of recognizing the second pitch and being able to hit it out.…

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Tex wins AL Player of the Week

Congratulations to Mark Teixeira who won the American League Player of the Week award. Pretty good for a notorious slow starter.

So what did Tex do to deserve the award? He batted .333/.429/1.000/1.429 with a .667 ISO and 5 home runs. He was insane against righties: .467/.500/1.467/1.967 with a 1.000 ISO.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

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Quick hit: Anonymous fan wants an asterisk next to A-Rod’s 660th home run

The following image has been spreading around the internet like wildfire:

My first thought was, “This has to be Randy Levine.”

My second thought was, “I wonder if this person has any problem with guys like Mays using greenies.”

My third thought was, “Hello? Barry Bonds?”

My fourth thought was, “This guy is hilarious and I’m so glad people like him are around for my amusement.”

Here’s home run #659 again for your enjoyment:

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