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Matthew Pouliot

  1. First-quarter awards: AL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Same drill as the NL award. Let’s begin with VORP. 1. Justin Morneau – 28.8 2. Kevin Youkilis – 22.4 3. Robinson Cano – 21.8 4. Doug Fister – 21.7 5. Miguel Cabrera – 21.1 6. Evan Longoria – 20.7 7. Shaun Marcum – 20.3 8. Vernon Wells – 20.2 9. David Price – 19.7…

  2. First-quarter awards: NL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Through one-fifth of the season, I imagine everyone would have said Andre Ethier was the National League MVP. However, he is losing ground while on the DL because of a fractured finger. Let’s look at how a couple of systems rank the NL’s top 20 players. VORP 1. Ubaldo Jimenez – 32.3 2. Roy Halladay…

  3. First-quarter awards: AL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    No Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander or Jon Lester here. We’ll turn to VORP again here to give us a top 10 list: 1. Doug Fister – 21.4 – 3-2, 1.96 ERA, 25/10 K/BB in 55 IP 2. Shaun Marcum – 20.0 – 3-1, 2.61 ERA, 45/14 K/BB in 62 IP 3.…

  4. First-quarter awards: NL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Here are the top 10 NL starters according to VORP, along with some relevant statistics. 1. Roy Halladay – 28.1 – 6-2, 1.64 ERA, 58/10 K/BB in 71 1/3 IP 2. Ubaldo Jimenez – 27.8 – 7-1, 1.12 ERA, 54/21 K/BB in 56 1/3 IP 3. Tim Lincecum – 23.7 – 5-0, 1.76 ERA, 69/15…

  5. First-quarter awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The NL rookie class is leaps and bounds better than the AL group so far, with the Senior Circuit boasting the game’s top three first-year players. The American League class is largely pitching dominated. Only two AL rookies have served as regulars throughout the entire first quarter of the season and one of those, Lou…

  6. Fake trade: Tigers get Ted Lilly from Cubs

    May 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tigers acquire LHP Ted Lilly and cash from the Cubs for RHP Joel Zumaya. Why it works for the Tigers: The early signs point to the AL Central playing out much like it did last year, with Minnesota and Detroit going down to the wire and no wild card available for either. The Tigers, though,…

  7. First-quarter awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    A one-man race, right? Jason Heyward was practically handed the award a couple of weeks into the season, and though he’s hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week, he’s still batting an exceptional .274/.399/.540 with 28 RBI. That’s definitely Rookie of the Year material. But what no one expected was that…

  8. Marlins should keep Hanley, fire Fredi

    May 18, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Well, not today. Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle and subsequent rant about his manager’s qualifications shouldn’t be rewarded. Manager Fredi Gonzalez undoubtedly made the right call in benching Ramirez after Monday’s incident, and further punishing the shortstop by sitting him down for a game or two seems like the right call. Let’s face it, though:…

  9. Utilityman Ryan Freel opts for retirement

    May 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    34-year-old Ryan Freel has chosen to retire after playing in nine games in the independent Atlantic League, according to Mike Ashmore of the Hunterdon County Democrat. After the Reds dumped his contract following the 2008 season, Freel washed out in the Orioles, Cubs and Royals organizations last year, hitting .193/.290/.216 in 88 at-bats. While he…

  10. Eyeing Grady Sizemore's brutal start

    May 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    The bruised knee that knocked Grady Sizemore out of Sunday’s game and is sidelining him again Monday might have been the best thing that could have happened to the 27-year-old center fielder. He may not want to, but he definitely needs to sit back and watch a couple of games. There were reasons to be…

  11. Fake trade: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman to Mets for Ike Davis

    May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mets acquire RHP Roy Oswalt, 1B Lance Berkman and cash from the Astros for 1B Ike Davis, LHP Oliver Perez and SS Ruben Tejada. Why it works for the Mets: First, let’s get this out of the way: there’s no way the Mets would trade Davis straight-up for Berkman. Even ignoring salaries, I can imagine…

  12. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones have five-hit games for Pirates

    May 14, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones, hitting third and fourth respectively in the Pirates order, both had five hits Friday as part of a 10-6 win over the Cubs. Both also homered, with Jones delivering a tie-breaking three-run shot in the eighth and McCutchen adding a solo blast in the ninth. Jones ended up driving in…

  13. Rockies' Melvin Mora, Phillies' Carlos Ruiz injured on same play

    May 12, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    There was no collision involved, but Melvin Mora and Carlos Ruiz were both forced from the Phillies-Rockies game Wednesday after getting hurt on the same play in the seventh inning. Mora, who was playing second, was injured stretching from the base to receive a throw from third on a potential triple-play ball from Ruiz. He…

  14. MLB's new wins leader: Tyler Clippard

    May 12, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    The season is one-fifth over, yet a reliever leads the majors in victories. More than that, it’s a Nationals reliever. Tyler Clippard improved to 7-1 after pitching a perfect eighth in a tie game against the Mets on Wednesday. The Nationals scored twice in the top of the ninth and won 6-4, giving Clippard the…

  15. Rockies closer Franklin Morales goes on DL with weak shoulder

    May 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The Rockies revealed after Monday’s game that Franklin Morales was unavailable due to a sore shoulder, and though the initial report made it sound like a minor problem, Morales landed on the DL on Tuesday with shoulder weakness. “We don’t want to push the envelope and risk a serious injury,” manager Jim Tracy told the…

  16. Josh Beckett scratched from start with back spasms

    May 11, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett won’t start Friday after all. Boston’s struggling Opening Day starter sufferred back spasms while taking batting practice Monday in anticipation for games in National League parks later this month. Beckett, who has a 7.46 ERA after getting lit up by the Yankees last weekend, was originally pushed back from Wednesday to Friday so…

  17. Dallas Braden's unexpected path to fame

    May 10, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    A Mark Mulder or Barry Zito he wasn’t. Dallas Braden was drafted by the A’s out of Texas Tech in the 24th round in 2004. A polished left-hander with an underwhelming fastball but one very unusual weapon, he went 15-5 with a 3.52 ERA between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland in his first full pro…

  18. Troy Tulowitzki a DL possibility with quad strain

    May 10, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI Monday for a strained right quad suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. Tulowitzki has indicated that the current injury isn’t not nearly as serious as the one that cost him two months in 2008. He was scheduled to be reexamined this afternoon before a decision was made whether to…

  19. Calling up Starlin Castro a good gamble for Cubs

    May 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Another team would have waited three weeks. That’s about when a club can call up a top prospect without any service time and not have to worry about him becoming super-two eligible after his second full year in the majors. The Cubs, though, had reasons not to procrastinate. Sure, those three weeks may seem like…

  20. Juan Uribe now a regular for Giants

    May 6, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Juan Uribe will stay in the lineup as an everyday player after Freddy Sanchez returns from shoulder surgery, something that could happen in about two weeks. Bochy didn’t say Uribe would own second base for himself, but that’s really the only place for him. Moving Pablo Sandoval to…

  21. White Sox, Mariners shopping for offense

    May 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox and Mariners have been active in early trade talks, with both teams looking for offense. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise in either case. The White Sox have gotten lucky with Andruw Jones, but Juan Pierre has struggled in the leadoff spot and Mark Kotsay,…

  22. First-month minor league review – Pacific Coast League

    May 5, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    OPS leaders 1. Jay Gibbons (Dodgers) – .400/.405/.757 – 1163 2. John Lindsey (Dodgers) – .410/.465/.654 – 1119 3. Joe Borchard (Giants) – .366/.464/.646 – 1110 4. Kila Ka’aihue (Royals) – .304/.466/.620 – 1086 5. Chris Lubanski (Blue Jays) – .307/.357/.693 – 1050 6. Brandon Boggs (Rangers) – .333/.437/.600 – 1037 7. Mike Baxter (Padres)…

  23. Catcher J.R. Towles the fall guy for Astros' abysmal start

    May 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Towles had to know his margin for error was pretty slim at the start of the year. That he beat out 2008 first-round pick Jason Castro for a starting job was partly a financial decision — the Astros had quite a bit to gain there by sending Castro down for another two months —…

  24. First-month minor league review – International League

    May 4, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    OPS Leaders 1. Steve Pearce (Pirates) – .349/.452/.605 – 1057 2. Dan Johnson (Rays) – .304/.375/.674 – 1049 3. Chris Carter (Mets) – .348/.408/.607 – 1015 4. Carlos Santana (Indians) – .300/.446/.550 – 996 5. Mike Hessman (Mets) – .297/.353/.637 – 990 6. Chase Lambin (Nationals) – .333/.385/.583 – 968 7. Dustin Martin (Twins) –…

  25. Ailing Rafael Furcal lands on disabled list for Dodgers

    May 4, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal, who hasn’t played since April 27 because of strained left hamstring, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and replaced by Nick Green on the Dodgers’ roster. The Dodgers gave Furcal a week to see if he could recover without a DL stint, but the 32-year-old shortstop has never been known as a…

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