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.

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Game 14: Eovaldi vs. Lobstein

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are the lineups:
YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Young RF
Headley 3B
Drew SS
Petit 2B

Eovaldi P

TIGERS
Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera 1B
V-Mart DH
J. Martinez RF
Cespedes LF
Castellanos 3B
Avila C
Iglesias SS

Lobstein P

Enjoy!

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What to look for: Nathan Eovaldi

Tonight Nathan Eovaldi will be making his third start this season. Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in eight career starts in April but he is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA over his last six road starts which is the longest road losing streak of his career.

In his last outing this past Wednesday night, on the road in Baltimore, Eovaldi only lasted five innings. And while his nine strikeouts were a good sign, he surrendered eight hits, three walks and two runs. He also threw a season-high (and so far, team high) 101 pitches in those five innings which caused the bullpen to be called in early and they ultimately, and almost immediately, gave up the lead and the Yankees lost.

Let’s see how Eovaldi is doing so far.

16 hits – 14 singles, one double and one home run:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

  • Against lefties, Eovaldi’s given up eight hits, has struck out eight and walked one.
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About Last Night: CC Sabathia

Last night’s end result was not ideal for the Yankees. You never want to lose a game by coughing up a lead in the seventh inning no matter how slim. But while CC Sabathia did take the loss, which dropped his record to 0-3 on the season, there a few reasons to be happy with the way he pitched.

He Gave The Bullpen The Night Off
Sabathia pitched a complete game (eight innings on the road). He gave up two runs on seven hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches and saved the bullpen for a night which is nice because it seems like they’ve been pitching way too much so far this season.

Here’s how his pitches broke down courtesy of Brooks Baseball:

  • He threw 29 four seam fastballs. His average velocity was 91.2, his max was 92.5.
  • He threw 23 changeups. His average velocity was 84.8, his max was 86.0.
  • He threw 22 sinkers. His average velocity was 90.2, his max was 91.6.
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Random thoughts between a series sweep and a four gamer in Detroit

Happy Monday morning! (Okay I really started writing this at 10:18 p.m. Sunday night because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get up early to write. Just play along.) It’s actually a much better morning now that the Yankees are heading into Detroit for a four-game series 6-6 instead of 3-9.

So this weekend was fun for a change. I usually dread series down in Tampa but this weekend’s was a pleasant surprise. We had A-Rod putting on an offense show on Friday night, #TANAK putting on a pitching clinic on Saturday and yesterday, the offense had the leading man on base seven out of nine innings. Good stuff.

Let’s hope they keep this up or else the series in Detroit will turn into a hellish ordeal. One good thing, and I cannot believe I’m saying this, is that they’re not facing former teammate Shane Greene. Greene has been really good so far this season, pitching to the tune of a 0.39 ERA in three games (23 innings).…

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About Last Night: Masahiro Tanaka

As Brad said in his recap of last night’s game, Masahiro Tanaka‘s first two starts were not great. Tanaka needed to have a good performance against the Rays in Tampa, 1) to quiet the whispers abut his elbow, and 2) to keep the Yankees on a bit of a roll.

Thankfully, he succeeded. He looked like the Tanaka of the first half of 2014, seemingly having no issues with the Rays’ lineup whatsoever. He lasted seven innings, gave up only two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight. He also lowered his season ERA from 7.00 to 3.94 with last night’s outing.

According to Brooks Baseball PITCH f/x, Tanaka favorited his four seam fastball – throwing 28 of them. He also reached nearly 94 m.p.h. (93.9) with that pitch while averaging 91.7.

Here’s what his velocity overall looked like last night:

Courtesy of Brooks Baseball

Courtesy of Brooks Baseball

As you can see, the last pitch of his outing was one of the fastest he threw on the night.…

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Game 11: Tanaka vs Odorizzi

Happy #TANAK day!

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chris Young (R) RF
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B

RAYS
1. David DeJesus (L) DH
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
4. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
5. Desmond Jennings (R) CF
6. Allan Dykstra (L) 1B
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF
9. Rene Rivera (R) C

Enjoy!

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Open thread: Looking back at April 18, 2005

The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT

The 2005 Yankees – Courtesy of the NYT

As some of you know, I like to look for games from previous years to write about. Sometimes they’re significant like playoff games and sometimes they’re just your average, run of the mill, regular season games. But when I looked up April 18 and went back to 2005, I was actually giddy at what I saw because the Yankees completed a feat so amazing in that particular game that when it was happening live, I kept saying to myself, “Is this actually happening?” And even more amazing is that they would actually repeat that same exact feat just over two months later against the same team.

Okay, enough with the suspense.

Going into the game on the evening of April 18, 2005, the New York Yankees found themselves in fourth place with a 5-8 record. Right behind them were their opponents for the night, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who were 4-9.…

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About Last Night: The Alex Rodriguez Show

We’re 10 games into the 2015 season and Alex Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 /1.214 with four home runs, 11 RBI, a .514 wOBA and a 238 wRC+. Hmmm, not bad for the guy most people were writing off before the season even started.

  • “His bat speed is gone.”
  • “He’s too old.”
  • “He’s been gone from the game too long.”

Obviously, these numbers are not sustainable, but for now, it is very fun to watch Rodriguez silence the loudmouths who were waiting to dance on his grave and make the people who were marching with torches and pitchforks have to give him some credit for his performance so far. Oh hi, there Mike Lupica!

So what did Rodriguez do last night? Not much, he just won the game for the Yankees by being responsible for four of their five runs and driving in the game-winning run.

His first home run came off Rays’ starter Nathan Karns in the second inning. Karns threw a 92 m.p.h.…

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