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

Tales of media desperation: Overreacting after one game

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My goodness. From the way some New York sports media columnists are reacting today you would have thought that the Yankees had never previously lost a game on opening day. How quickly people forget the 2009 debacle when the newly minted, high-priced ace CC Sabathia laid a big ‘ol egg against a pretty bad Baltimore Oriole squad in Camden Yards. Or even better that year’s home opener when Sabathia, again, had a disastrous start at the grand unveiling of the new stadium. Now, before you even ask, “How can you compare this team to 2009’s squad?” I am not doing that at all. I am just saying that the Yankees losing on opening day is not a new thing. Remember last year against the Astros?

Maybe it’s because Alex Rodriguez was cheered during the player intros, didn’t look lost at the plate and ultimately didn’t give them anything negative to write about so all of the doom and gloom transferred onto poor Masahiro Tanaka, who while not having a great Opening Day, didn’t exactly give up 11 runs in two innings.…

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Yankees News and Notes: 4/6/15

The Yankees lost their home opener, Masahiro Tanaka looked mortal and Alex Rodriguez was actually cheered during introductions.

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Here are some links for you to look at while you eat some lunch.

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Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here’s the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow.

So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you’d like to jinx?

In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.

Let’s get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s loss:

THE GOOD

  • Alex Rodriguez‘s return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat – it was a fly ball to right.
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Game 1: Happy Opening Day!

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OPENING DAY IS HERE! OPENING DAY IS HERE!

It is finally time for real baseball, everyone. The Yankees are welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series to start the 2015 season and it is #TANAK day!

Here are your lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Martin C
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Donaldson 3B
Navarro DH
Pompey CF
Pillar LF
Travis 2B

Hutchison P

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

Tanaka P

The game can be seen on the YES Network locally and I believe ESPN is showing it as well.

Enjoy and Go Yankees!

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It’s About The 2015 Predictions

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It’s that time of year again!

Baseball is back so IIATMS thought it would be the perfect time for the staff to make their 2015 season predictions. We all named the division winners, the wild cards, and made one additional bold prediction. One thing that differs from other years is that I didn’t ask the staff to predict the MVPs or Cy Young winners. We’ll do that at a later date.

Please feel free to make your own predictions in the comments!

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Brad (@BradVietro)
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Mariners

AL WC1: Indians
AL WC2: Yankees

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers

NL WC1: Pirates
NL WC2: Padres

ALCS Winner: Indians
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

Bold Prediction: CC Sabathia will make more than 25 starts this year and pitch 170-180 innings of above-average ball.

E.J. (@ejfagan)
AL East: Boston
AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Los Angeles

AL WC1: Seattle
AL WC2: Toronto

NL East: Washington
NL Central: Pittsburgh
NL West: Los Angeles

NL WC1: Marlins
NL WC2: San Diego

ALCS Winner: Cleveland
NLCS Winner: Washington
WS Winner: Cleveland

Bold prediction: MLB – AL run scoring will drop at least another quarter run.…

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Quick hit: Your Opening Day lineup

This is who will be facing Drew Hutchison today:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

BASEBALL IS BACK!

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 36: Opening Day!

Don’t faint. We recorded a podcast last night. Well, two of us did. E.J. and yours truly discussed what our expectations are for the 2015 Yankees, what storylines we’re looking forward to and other good stuff.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, leave them below, email us or tweet us at @IIATMS, @ejfagan or @StaceGots.

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Open thread: Happy Easter Sunday (if you celebrate)!

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Here’s your Easter Sunday open thread.

We’re in the home stretch! Baseball finally begins tonight with the Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a Sunday Night ESPN game which gives you plenty of time to eat your Easter dinner and gorge on some chocolate bunnies and jellybeans (if you celebrate).

So feel free to discuss anything you’d like: baseball, baseball, baseball and more baseball! Basketball! More baseball!

Enjoy.

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Some Yankees news and notes: 4/5/15

Good morning! (And it is a good morning because we only have one more sleep until real Yankees baseball)

Here’s what’s happening with the Yankees:

Enjoy your Easter if you celebrate!

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