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

Game 118: Capuano vs. Norris

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Last Monday, the Yankees began a “big” four-game series with the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers and their three Cy Young winners and ended up winning three games, then this weekend they dropped two out of three to the Cleveland Indians who aren’t leading anything at the moment. So what will happen to the Yankees this week while facing their division rivals in Baltimore? Who knows? They beat the teams you expect them to lose to and they lose to the teams you’d hope they’d beat.

Okay, how’s this for a prediction? I predict that both Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop will be co-winner of the Pain in the Ass of the week.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner (L) LF
Derek Jeter (R) SS
Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
Carlos Beltran (S) DH
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Stephen Drew (L) 2B
Martin Prado (R) RF
Francisco Cervelli (R) C

ORIOLES
Nick Markakis (L) RF
Manny Machado (R) 3B
Adam Jones (R) CF
Nelson Cruz (R) DH
Delmon Young (R) LF
Steve Pearce (R) 1B
Caleb Joseph (R) C
Ryan Flaherty (L) SS
Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

Your pitching matchup is in the title of the thread but in case you need reminding it’s Bud Norris vs.…

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Thurman Munson 1947-1979

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It’s hard to believe that it has been 35 years since the world found out about Thurman Munson‘s tragic death.

It was in the midst of the season, Munson was in his prime and the news was so shocking and jarring that grown men all over the New York area and beyond were beside themselves with grief. The captain of the Yankees was gone. His life snuffed out by smoke and flames in a plane crash in Ohio.

I was a few weeks shy of my 5th birthday in early August 1979 but I clearly remember the look on my dad’s face when he found out about Munson’s death. The next time I saw a look that was even remotely similar on his face was when he came home from escaping the chaos in lower Manhattan on 9/11. He just sat down, stunned, not believing the news.

How could Munson be dead? Was it real? I think that was everyone’s reaction.…

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Trade deadline mayhem!

In case you were under a rock this afternoon you may have missed the two major moves the Yankees made this afternoon.

First, they traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox for Stephen Drew.

Joel Sherman tweeted and said that Drew told the Yankees he’d play second base. Drew, after holding out and waiting to sign with the Sox, is currently batting an abysmal .176/.255/.328 in 145 PAs.

Then the Yankees traded minor leaguer Peter O’Brien, who seems to hit home runs like they’re going out of style, to the Diamondbacks for Martin Prado.

From MLBTradeRumors:

Prado, 30, is hitting .270/.317/.370 in 436 plate appearances for Arizona this year while playing mostly third base. He was a major piece of the January 2013 trade that brought Justin Upton to the Braves. Shortly after the acquisition, Prado signed a four-year, $40MM extension with the D’Backs. He has about $3.6MM remaining this year, and $11MM in each of the 2015 and ’16 seasons.

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Quick hit: Happy trails, Eric Chavez!

Eric Chavez announced his retirement from baseball today.

Chavez, who played 17 seasons, spent the majority of those years as an Oakland Athletic. Chavez was a member of the Yankees in 2011 and 2012 and batted .274/.338/.445/.783 in 171 games.

Good luck to Chavez. Maybe he can become a broadcaster or a coach!

Click here to see one of his best moments in pinstripes. Poor Cody Eppley.

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Happy what’s wrong with the bullpen week, everyone! Yankees 12, Rangers 11

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

They usually refer to these types of high scoring games as a slugfest but let’s call this one an “ugh” fest.

How on earth can you allow the worst team in baseball to not only score 11 runs against you but make it so your entire fan base is ready to jump out of a window because nearly every reliever in the bullpen decided to pay homage to relievers of years past by reenacting Mariano Rivera‘s infamous “What’s Wrong With Mo Week? IN THE SAME DAMN GAME?! My goodness.

This game went from annoying to fun to annoying to OMG WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!?! to OH THANK GOD! And while yes, the end result was a win, it was definitely one of the worst wins I’ve seen in a while. You just simply cannot allow a team to get back into a game like that and especially not a team that is so feckless.

Anyway, now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about the good stuff that happened tonight because my soon-to-be 40 year-old body feels like it has been through a 15-round bout with 1980’s Mike Tyson thanks to this shitshow of a game.…

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Announcement: Some administrative changes

Good morning, IIATMS readers! We have a couple of things happening on the site that we wanted to tell you about.

Fchanges-road-signirst up, Michael Eder is stepping down from the co-Editor-in-Chief position. Michael will be heading off to law school this Fall like a good baseball blogger (we have a few lawyer/bloggers here already and there seems to be a large number of them on the internet) and we’d like to thank him for the fantastic content he provided – especially those extremely detailed pitch F/X posts with gifs, etc. as well as the Happy Tanaka Day banner that we post for TANAK’s starts – and I’d like to thank him for the help he gave me throughout our partnership. We’d also like to wish him well at school even though we know he will kick ass.

And while I am bummed we’re losing Michael, I am thrilled to be gaining Brad Vietrogoski as a partner. Brad will be stepping into the role of my new co-Editor-in-Chief!…

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Saturday Afternoon/Evening Open Thread

So the McCarthy era is starting off nicely. Today the Yankees beat the Reds 7-1 at the Stadium and McCarthy had a very strong game – 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 9 K in 99 pitches.

Also having a very strong game? The offense! They made it possible for Yankee fans to get half off Papa John’s pizza by scoring more than six runs.

Brett Gardner had three RBI, Kelly Johnson had two, Brian Roberts scored three times (and if I recall correctly Gardner did the honors all three times.) Carlos Beltran opened the scoring by hitting a solo shot off Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon and Derek Jeter also joined the RBI party with a single in the bottom of the fifth.

The big story was McCarthy. Other than a solo home run by Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth, he held the Reds in check which is good because when he was a member of the Diamondbacks earlier in the season, he had a tough outing against them on May 31.…

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