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

Quick hits: Beltran to the 7-day DL, Solarte and Tonight’s Lineup

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Zelous Wheeler RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brendan Ryan 2B

You will notice that Yangervis Solarte is back and that’s because poor Carlos Beltran not only broke his face with that errant BP ball last night but he also has a concussion. He will be placed on the special 7-day DL and should be set to return after the All-Star break.

Solarte, who was sent down to triple A last week, will take Beltran’s place on the roster.

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Quick hit: Tanaka to the DL

Joe Girardi just announced that Masahiro Tanaka will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: “Tanaka had an MRI, results will be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad. He complained of soreness in elbow.”

The complaints came after last night’s start in Cleveland.

Zoilo Almonte has been called up from Triple-A Scranton and no starter has been named for Sunday’s game which would have been Tanaka’s next turn in the rotation.

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UPDATED: Tanaka is heading back to NY for an MRI

Say it with me now:

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDGE

The news of Masahiro Tanaka‘s MRI first came from George King of the New York Post.

After the game, Tanaka said he “didn’t feel that bad” and thought location was his bigger issue.
“I think a lot of it had to do with command of my pitches,’’ he said. “I feel a lot of my pitches were right down the middle and pretty easy for the batters to hit.’’

 

But on Wednesday there was enough concern for the Yankees to send the 25-year-old for the test.

So now, we will hold our collective breath and wait for news that nothing is wrong and we’re all freaking out for no reason. Right?!

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.: Brian McCann told reporters that Tanaka seemed fine last night and that he (Tanaka) was just having a bad night. It has also been reported that the issue is in Tanaka’s forearm which is better than his elbow or shoulder.…

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10 Random Thoughts On The Wednesday Before The All-Star Break

1. Happy Anniversary to Derek Jeter who collected hit #3,000 on this day in 2011. I can’t believe it has been three years since that day. I also still can’t believe Jeter hit a home run. Well, no, I can believe it because he’s Derek Jeter and he likes doing things like that.

2. This year’s team is just so boring. Even Masahiro Tanaka is starting to bore me now and that makes me very sad. The All-Star break is coming up at the perfect time because I think we all need a break; players and fans alike.

3. I ordered a bunch of old Baseball Prospectus annuals (2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010) and it’s interesting to see what the projections were at the time. The 2006 cover is especially hilarious because of the descriptions they have for certain players. For instance, Johnny Damon is “overrated and overpaid” and while his average in 2006 was down from the previous season, he still finished with a .285/.359/.482/.841 line and hit 24 home runs which isn’t bad at all.…

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Tuesday Afternoon Open Thread: 7/8/14

Guess what happened 14 years ago today?

The Yankees swept a doubleheader against the Mets. But that wasn’t the big story. The Yankees won both games 4-2. But that wasn’t the big story. Dwight Gooden picked up a win for the Yankees in the day game of the twin bill. But that wasn’t the big story. The fact that it was a split venue doubleheader also wasn’t the big story.

This was:

I was at that game, sitting in my old Sunday seats at the old Stadium – it was a makeup game from a previous rainout (6/11/00). As soon as the ball hit Piazza, my mother, who was sitting to my left, put her head into my shoulder and said, “Oh my God, is he moving?” She couldn’t look and for a few scary moments, we all thought the worst. You could hear a pin drop in the Stadium. Thankfully, Piazza was alive, he left the game and a new “rivalry” was born.…

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About Last Night: Shane Greene

So Shane Greene did pretty well last night. He lasted six innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Here’s his hit chart with outs included. He induced a lot of ground balls:

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He made one mistake in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving up a home run to Nick Swisher but all in all, it was a nice first start for Greene who picked up his first MLB win.

Here’s the Swisher home run which came on an 89 mph slider over the plate:

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So far this season, between last night’s start and his appearance in the Yankees’ 14-5 win against the Red Sox on 4/24, Greene has thrown 110 pitches; 66 fastballs, 1 changeup, 31 sliders and 12 cutters. He gave up one hit on his slider – the home run to Swisher – and gave up two hits on the fastball and one on the cutter.

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Jeter Elected To Start In The 2014 All-Star Game

Derek Jeter was voted into the All-Star game by the fans for the 9th time in his career. This will be his 14th and final All-Star game. He’s the seventh player in American League history to earn nine fan elections to start the All-Star Game. The other six were Cal Ripken, George Brett, Rod Carew, Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, and Ivan Rodriguez.

Jeter was given the news after the Yankees’ 9-7 win over the Twins and he told reporters, “I’m happy I get the opportunity to come back here. It’s special for me.” The game will be held at Target Field on July 15. 

Per ESPN Stats and Info: Only Mickey Mantle (13) and Yogi Berra (11) have more All-Star starts as Yankees.

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Quick Hit: Yanks Designate Soriano For Assignment

The Yankees just announced that Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment. When speaking with reporters about the move, manager Joe Girardi said, “It’s been a tough day.”

Soriano, who came back to the Yankees mid-season last year, hit 17 home runs during the second half of 2013 – he hit 34 overall. However, Soriano struggled in 2014 only batting .221/.244/.367/.611 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games.

Thanks for your August 2013, Sori. It was fun:

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Here’s his heat map from that glorious month:
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