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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having the worst of weeks

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:56 AM EST

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Don’t blame Will Middlebrooks for the fluky obstruction call that ended Game 3. Don’t blame umpire Jim Joyce, who made the gutsy choice to call it and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory. Blame the guy who made the bad throw in the first place: Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The struggling Saltalamacchia shouldn’t have even been in…

  2. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  3. Now a manager, Matt Williams must address his steroid purchases again

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Matt Williams

    The Nationals invited some controversy by hiring Matt Williams as their new manager on Friday. He hasn’t gotten all that much attention for it, but Williams, who hit 378 homers over 17 big-league seasons with the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks, was, for at least a brief time, a steroids user. Williams was outed by the…

  4. Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal own the late innings for Cardinals

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Even as Michael Wacha was through five scoreless, one thing seemed pretty clear: his pitch count up to 90, the sixth would be his final inning. That sixth inning didn’t go as planned, but the seventh through ninth innings sure did. The Cardinals rallied from 2-1 down beat the Red Sox 4-2 in Game 2,…

  5. Playing favorites finally comes back to bite Red Sox manager John Farrell

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:44 PM EST

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    We’ve been over this before, but… Jonny Gomes against RHP in 2013: .258/.341/.404 in 151 AB Jonny Gomes against RHP career: .225/.310/.423 in 1,863 AB Daniel Nava against RHP in 2013: .322/.411/.484 in 339 AB Daniel Nava against RHP career: .292/.390/.443 in 657 AB John Farrell knows these numbers. He played Nava over Gomes against…

  6. David Ortiz finds his stroke at perfect time

    Oct 24, 2013, 12:24 AM EST

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    David Ortiz had one mammoth hit in the ALCS — a game-tying grand slam off Joaquin Benoit in Game 2 — but he finished just 2-for-22 for the series. Apart from the slam, he hadn’t driven in any runs in seven games. His Game 1 of the World Series shouldn’t have started any better. With…

  7. It’s still only one loss for Cardinals

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:43 PM EST

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    To put it simply, the Cardinals were never in Game 1 of the World Series. Terribly sloppy defensively, they were down 3-0 after one and 5-0 after two. They mounted little rallies in the fourth and fifth innings, but nothing came of them. At no point did Boston’s lead seem surmountable. None of that matters…

  8. Dana DeMuth gets bailed out by his buds

    Oct 23, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    It took less than an inning for a horrible umpiring decision in what stands to be the final World Series before expanded instant replay is introduced. Enter Dana DeMuth (GIF from @BuzzfeedSports) DeMuth, the second base ump, said Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma lost the ball on the exchange, giving the Cardinals an out on a…

  9. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  10. Giants re-sign Tim Lincecum to two-year, $35 million contract

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants went above and beyond to keep another star on Tuesday, re-signing Tim Lincecum to a two-year, $35 million contract that will result in him forgoing free agency. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Alex Pavlovic was the first to confirm the dollars. It’s still a paycut for Lincecum, who made $18 million in 2012 and…

  11. If only Jim Leyland hadn’t been so hands on

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:32 AM EST

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland spent the first four months of this season with two reliable relievers: left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Obviously, that’s less than ideal. But it did give him fewer chances to mess things up. And mess things up he did in the ALCS. With Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque at…

  12. Report: Carlos Peguero’s wife ripped off Felix Hernandez’s wife

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:23 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners

    Maria Peguero, wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, is facing federal wire-fraud charges for making nearly $180,000 worth of online purchases on a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez, wife of Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Times is reporting. The article, which really should be read in whole, tells of court documents showing Maria…

  13. Despite finish, Clayton Kershaw should come first for Dodgers this winter

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:00 AM EST

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After 36 starts and 255 stellar innings, Clayton Kershaw finally let the Dodgers down on Friday, giving up seven runs in three-plus innings in Game 6 loss to the Cardinals. The defense played a role, but Kershaw was the first to admit afterwards that he just wasn’t his usual self. Maybe it was a bad…

  14. Dodgers win epic Scott Van Slyke-Joe Kelly standoff prior to Game 6

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    Taking the grandstanding to a whole new level, neither Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly nor Dodgers reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke chose to return to the dugout after the national anthem prior to Friday’s Game 6. What followed was a 12-minute staring contest across the field that was only finally broken up when the home-plate…

  15. Has John Farrell learned his lesson now?

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:17 AM EST

    John Farrell

    Red Sox manager John Farrell allowed Clay Buchholz to give up five runs to the Tigers in Sunday’s ALCS Game 2, only to be bailed out by one swing from David Ortiz‘s bat. On Wednesday, there was no such rescue after Jake Peavy was allowed to surrender seven runs in three-plus innings in what turned…

  16. Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford providing the pop for Dodgers

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:53 PM EST

    NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Adrian Gonzalez has averaged a homer every 25.1 at-bats in his year and a quarter with the Dodgers.  In Wednesday’s Game 5 victory, he hit his second and third in 35 postseason at-bats. Carl Crawford hit a total of six homers in 435 at-bats in his first year with the Dodgers. On Wednesday, he hit…

  17. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EST

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  18. Overmatched Miguel Cabrera sees record on-base streak end

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:16 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Junichi Tazawa

    Miguel Cabrera‘s record streak of having reached base in 31 straight postseason games was snapped Tuesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. Obviously, there’s no shame in that. Even Cabrera mixes in an 0-for every once in a while. But the fashion in which it happened…

  19. Cal Ripken Jr.’s mom is victim of holdup in parking lot

    Oct 15, 2013, 6:28 PM EST

    violet ripken

    Violet “Vi” Ripken, who was kidnapped and later returned last year, was assaulted in a bank parking lot on Aberdeen, Maryland on Tuesday, WBAL news reports. The report states that Vi Ripken, 75, was unhurt in the incident and that an arrest has been made. Vi Ripken is the widow of former major league manager…

  20. The improbable continues in NLCS

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    Game 1: Zack Greinke versus Joe Kelly. Cardinals win. Game 2: Clayton Kershaw versus Michael Wacha. Cardinals win. Game 3: Adam Wainwright versus Hyun_jin Ryu. Dodgers win. The Cardinals led the National League in runs scored both for the season as a whole and in the second half. The Dodgers started slowly, but they were…

  21. Umpire Wally Bell dies at age 48

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:54 PM EST

    Wally Bell

    Sad news coming out of Ohio on Monday night: Wally Bell, who just finished working the Cardinals-Pirates NLDS series last week, has passed away of an apparent heart attack, according to the Youngtown Vindicator. “One on my dearest friends,” fellow umpire John Hirschbeck told Youngstown’s WFMJ. “We worked together for 11 years. He was like…

  22. David Ortiz adds to postseason legend

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    With a laser beam of a grand slam in the eighth inning on Sunday night, David Ortiz essentially saved the Red Sox’s World Series hopes and further his cause as the greatest clutch hitter of his generation. But no matter how you feel about “clutch,” there’s no denying the numbers. The homer was Ortiz’s 15th…

  23. Tigers lose the momentum, but still have an edge

    Oct 14, 2013, 12:32 AM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    It’s not going to be the joyous plane ride home the Tigers were looking forward to, but achieving a split in Fenway, with Justin Verlander about to pitch in Game 3, is a great place for Jim Leyland’s team to be with up to five games remaining in the ALCS. There’s something to be said…

  24. Red Sox make no adjustments in ugly loss

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:40 AM EST

    Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three

    How is the best way to deal with an inconsistent, pitcher-friendly strike zone? Apparently, it’s to keep the bat on one’s shoulder or maybe just swing halfway and hope for the best. The Red Sox succeeded in running up Anibal Sanchez‘s pitch count in Saturday’s 1-0 loss, but that was their only victory of the…

  25. Down 2-0 in NLCS, Dodgers appear doomed

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:22 PM EST

    Carl Crawford

    Not even 24 hours into a seven-game series, the Dodgers’ World Series hopes are already on life support. By failing to secure either of the first two games with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the mound, they’ve become huge long shots to defeat the Cardinals in the NLCS. If there’s any reason for the…

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