Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

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Quick hit: Greg Bird called up

Well, lookie here:

Greg Bird started the year off in Trenton but was promoted to Scranton and batted .301/.353/.500/.853 with six home runs in 34 games for the RailRiders.

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Quick hit: So this happened…

I went to bed relatively early last night (being in bed before 1 a.m. is an early night for me) so I missed the following tweet when it happened and discovered it when I woke up at 6:52 a.m. this morning.

The reason I made my original statement was because Mark Feinsand of the Daily News had both Coney and A-Rod as guests on his Yankees podcast. It’s a great episode and not just because of the guests but because of their baseball knowledge. Listening to Alex Rodriguez talk about baseball is pretty wonderful and he had very insightful things to say about Luis Severino. So did Coney for that matter.

I like when current and former players actually know what they’re talking about and when their love of baseball comes through the conversation. It’s refreshing. Usually former players will lament about the days of old and complain about some newfangled way of doing things or talking about things (i.e.…

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Quick hit: Garrett Jones designated for assignment, again

And this was the corresponding move:

Bye bye Garrett… again.

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Quick hit: The Yankees’ offense is offensively bad

Unless you’ve been stuck in a place with no internet or TV, you know that the Yankees have fallen off a cliff offensively the past seven days.

And last night was more of the same. Sure, the Yankees were able to score four runs, but they weren’t able to score more than that and ultimately lost the game in 16 innings. A big reason for that failure? It wasn’t Stephen Drew. It was the top of the order.

So how bad was the top of the order last night? Read this tweet from ESPN Stats and Info and weep, my friends:

And here’s what ineptitude that looks like in spray chart form:

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Alex Rodriguez, the oldest hitter in the lineup, had the only hit among the first five batters in 16 innings of play last night.…

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Monday morning musings: Please calm the @#$% down

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Hey Yankee fans, take a page from Alex Rodriguez’s book of “Zen Baseball”:

“It’s a long season. Two good teams. We definitely took a punch this weekend, but good teams punch back.”

The Yankees just went through a stretch of nine series where they were 8-0-1 (the one split being the four-gamer in Texas a couple of weeks ago) before getting swept by Toronto. They were playing well and now they’re in a stretch where they’re not playing so well. It happens. It’s called baseball.

And I get it, Toronto is on their heels, they can lose the division and Toronto may never lose again, but let’s get some facts right out of the way:

  • It’s still only August 10.
  • The fight for the division is far from over.
  • The Blue Jays are a good team.
  • And guess what? So are the Yankees.

Yes, I realize the Blue Jays are leading in the season series. Good for them. It’s been a while since they’ve had a team doing this well, and in turn, getting their fans legitimately excited for the possibility of playoff baseball.…

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Game 110: TANAK vs Estrada

Salvage the series…PLEASE.

Lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Navarro C
Colabello DH
Smoak 1B
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

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

Enjoy the game. Well, try to.

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Game 109: Nova vs. Price

Last night’s loss was annoying, frustrating and deflating.

Let’s reverse that feeling today, shall we?

Lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Smoak 1B
Martin C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

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

Enjoy the game! (Hopefully…)

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How The Yankees Fare Against the Knuckleball: It Ain’t Pretty

On Wednesday night, the Yankees were stymied by Boston’s knuckleballer Steven Wright and tonight, they will be facing another knuckleballer in R.A. Dickey. Because of this, I decided to take a look at how the Yankees have fared historically against the knuckleball. (Please note: My data only goes back to 2009, but I figured that was a big enough sample size for this exercise.)

Anyway, here’s their spray chart. Again, this is 2009 – 2015:

 

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Their best year came in 2009 when they played in four games against knuckleball pitchers and faced 188 pitches: .283/.327/.478/.805

Their two worst years are 2010 and this season and the numbers are quite similar. In six games in 2010, the Yankees batted .174/.204/.283/.487 and this year, in four games so far, they’re batting .171/.242/.305/.547. Note the on base and slugging numbers which combine for the OPS are higher in 2015, but are still pretty awful.

Some more stats:

  • 2014 marks the only year in which the Yankees did not hit at least one home run off the knuckleball.
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Quick hit: Is Gordon Edes kidding me right now?

Now, let me preface this mini rant with some information. I do not follow Gordon Edes on Twitter but someone I follow from the @IIATMS* account retweeted this into the timeline, I saw it in Tweetdeck and I had an interesting reaction to it.

Here’s the tweet in question:

My reaction was as follows:

“IS HE !@#$ING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?”

No, really, is he serious? One pumped up reaction from CC Sabathia after a pretty hairy in-game scenario cancels out over a decade of David Ortiz posing like a statue every time he hits a home run? One reaction from Sabathia getting a big strikeout cancels out Ortiz taking three minutes to round the bases after those home runs? One measly fist pump/scream/roaring-like-a-lion incident cancels out everything Ortiz has done? Nope.…

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