Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

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Game 20: Karns v. Warren

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
David DeJesus, DH Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Steven Souza, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Evan Longoria, 3B Mark Teixeira, 1B
James Loney, 1B Brian McCann, C
Brandon Guyer, LF Carlos Beltran, DH
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, RF
Tim Beckham, 2B Stephen Drew, 2B
Rene Rivera, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Nate Karns, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy!

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Game 17: deGrom vs. Pineda

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.

New York Mets New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson, RF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Juan Lagares, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Michael Cuddyer, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Daniel Murphy, 2B Brian McCann, C
Eric Campbell, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Wilmer Flores, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Plawecki, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jacob deGrom, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy!

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Game 15: Warren vs. Price

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Anthony Gose, CF
Chris Young, LF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Victor Martinez, DH
Brian McCann, C J.D. Martinez, RF
Carlos Beltran, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Nick Castellanos, 3B
Gregorio Petit, 2B Alex Avila, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Jose Iglesias, SS
Adam Warren, SP David Price, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: The Surprisingly Stout Pitching Staff

Heading into this season, many were torn on what to expect of the team’s pitching staff. On one hand, Larry Rothschild has overseen some excellent staffs in his time with the Yankees, including one of the best in the game last year, and the team was returning the majority of that group in 2015. On the other hand, that group had hardly made it through the season unscathed, and Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, and Michael Pineda are all, at least to some degree, ticking time bombs (as are all pitchers, to be fair). With fourteen games and a few complete turns through the rotation under the team’s belt, it seems a mostly reasonable time to check-in on the early returns.

All stats are courtesy of FanGraphs, and all rankings are MLB-wide:

  • 1st in fWAR
  • 5th in K%
  • 6th in K-BB%
  • 7th in GB%
  • 7th in xFIP
  • 7th in ERA-
  • 8th in FIP
  • 9th in ERA
  • 15th in BB%

At this juncture, it seems as though the staff is greater than the sum of its parts, given the below-average run prevention numbers of Sabathia, Pineda, and Adam Warren, the average-ish-ness of Tanaka, and the unsightly walk rates of Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson, and Andrew Miller.…

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Game 13: Sabathia vs. Simon

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Rajai Davis, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Victor Martinez, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF J.D. Martinez, RF
Brian McCann, C Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Nick Castellanos, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B James McCann, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Jose Iglesias, SS
CC Sabathia, SP Alfredo Simon, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Game 12: Pineda vs. Andriese

Here are today’s lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF David DeJesus, DH
Brett Gardner, LF Steven Souza, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Evan Longoria, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Desmond Jennings, CF
Stephen Drew, 2B Allan Dykstra, 1B
Garrett Jones, RF Brandon Guyer, LF
John Ryan Murphy, C Tim Beckham, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Rene Rivera, C
Michael Pineda, SP Matt Andriese, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Game 10: Warren vs. Karns

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Steven Souza, RF
Carlos Beltran, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Evan Longoria, DH
Brian McCann, C Desmond Jennings, LF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Allan Dykstra, 1B
Stephen Drew, 2B Logan Forsythe, 3B
Chris Young, LF Tim Beckham, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Bobby Wilson, C
Adam Warren, SP Nate Karns, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Fun with Numbers, Or: He’s on-pace for what?!

The season is just about 5.5555% finished. While it may be too early to intelligently speculate about what everything that has happened thus far means in the grand scheme of things, it is never too early to imagine what is yet to be. And you can go about that in one of two ways – either by making minor tweaks to the incredibly accurate preseason projections that are out there, or by pretending that nothing is more relevant to how this season will play out than what the first eleven days of meaningful baseball have wrought. The former is the sensible approach … but you can find that anywhere (I recommend FanGraphs). So I’ll go with the latter.

What follows are some of my favorite “on-pace fors” of the season to-date. The statistics upon which these are based are current as of the morning of April 16, prior to any games being played. Keep in mind, these are entirely for fun, serving as a reminder of what can happen in extremely small sample sizes – the good, the bad, and the ugly.…

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Game 8: Sabathia vs. Gonzalez

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Everth Cabrera, SS
 Chase Headley, 3B Manny Machado, 3B
 Carlos Beltran, RF Adam Jones, CF
 Mark Teixeira, 1B Steve Pearce, 1B
 Brian McCann, C Delmon Young, RF
 Garrett Jones, DH Chris Davis, DH
 Chris Young, LF Jonathan Schoop, 2B
 Stephen Drew, 2B Caleb Joseph, C
 Didi Gregorius, SS Alejandro De Aza, LF
CC Sabathia, SP Miguel Gonzalez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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