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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Blundering Reds fire pitching coach, retain rest of staff

    Oct 2, 2009, 6:06 PM EDT

    Blame the pitching coach. That’s what the Reds did Friday when they announced that Dick Pole was being terminated while the rest of the coaching staff would return in 2010. So, why Pole? The Reds have boasted above average pitching this year, with an ERA+ of 105. They rank seventh in the NL in ERA…

  2. Giants GM Sabean has busy winter ahead

    Oct 2, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean will have a shiny new contract extension thanks to the Giants’ turnaround this season, but as discussed Thursday, he’s going to have to rework his team’s offense if he expects to take it to the next level. The opportunity will certainly be there. The Giants would seem to have just two locks for…

  3. Giants prepare extensions for Sabean, Bochy

    Oct 1, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Giants will re-sign both GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy to contract extensions. Both are being rewarded for the Giants’ turnaround from a 72-90 team in 2008 to one that remained in contention until the final week of 2009. It’s a definite case of good timing…

  4. Twins stay alive by trouncing Tigers

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT

    It wasn’t what they needed, but the Twins still have some life after winning two out of four games in Detroit.  Thursday’s game turned into a rout in the eighth as Minnesota ended up winning 8-3.  That leaves the Twins two games back with three to play.   What’s left may favor the Twins a…

  5. Healthy Hudson shouldn't come cheap

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT

    I couldn’t help but have a different take on Dave O’Brien’s Tim Hudson piece than Craig did this morning. My take being that O’Brien should stick to writing about the Braves and give up trying to predict the free agent market. From O’Brien: There’s no doubt in my mind (Hudson would) take quite a bit…

  6. Rays done with Pat the Bust?

    Sep 30, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    It certainly looked like one of the better signing of the offseason: after missing out on Milton Bradley, the Rays inked Pat Burrell to a two-year, $16 million contract to take over as their DH.  He was coming off four straight seasons with OPSs around 890 and he had averaged 153 games during those seasons. …

  7. Stat of the day: 2009 relief ERA leaders

    Sep 30, 2009, 4:18 PM EDT

    Minimum 50 innings. Listed along with each pitcher’s ERA are saves+holds and blown saves. 1. George Sherrill – 1.75 – 32 – 5 2. Trevor Hoffman – 1.76 – 36 – 3 3. Mariano Rivera – 1.82 – 44 – 2 4. Jeremy Affeldt – 1.84 – 33 – 0 5. Kiko Calero – 1.86…

  8. Brewers' Weeks shoots down outfield move

    Sep 29, 2009, 5:36 PM EDT

    While the subject had died down during the last couple of years, the idea of putting Rickie Weeks in the outfield is again being kicked around in Milwaukee, this time because of Felipe Lopez’s stellar performance since arriving in a July trade. Not surprisingly, Weeks is still completely against a possible move to center field.…

  9. Stat of the day: Infield hits & bunt hits

    Sep 29, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT

    Here are the infield hit leaders, listed along with their number of bunt hits. Numbers taken from Fangraphs.com 1. Ichiro Suzuki – 49 – 6 2. Michael Bourn – 29 – 17 3. Carl Crawford – 27 – 0 3. Shane Victorino – 27 – 0 5. Cristian Guzman – 26 – 1 6. Ryan…

  10. Zach Duke is no Jack Morris

    Sep 28, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    Not that Jack Morris was really Jack Morris anyway. The myth that Morris racked up his big win totals by pitching to the score is mostly just that, a myth. Zach Duke, though, will never be accused of pitching to the score, at least not in 2009. The 26-year-old left-hander has turned his career around…

  11. Home run, RBI stat leaders still to be decided

    Sep 28, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    With one week, the AL and NL batting titles and OPS crowns are no longer in doubt. Still, there are plenty of league leaders left to be decided. AL Home Runs 1. Carlos Pena – 39 2. Mark Teixeira – 38 3. Jason Bay – 36 Pena has been done since Sept. 7, but he…

  12. Andy LaRoche's ridiculous day

    Sep 28, 2009, 3:42 PM EDT

    If only he could always play against his old team, LaRoche really would be the star many thought he’d become. The 26-year-old third baseman went 5-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI in Monday’s rout of the Dodgers. That made him 14-for-29 against the Dodgers this season. His slash line is .483/.516/.931, compared…

  13. MLB declares Cuban defector Chapman a free agent

    Sep 25, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT

    In a move that was widely expected to come either this month or in early October, Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman was declared a free agent on Friday. Chapman made it through the red tape in record time, in large part because he managed to escape Cuba with his passport. The 21-year-old defected in July while…

  14. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 10-1

    Sep 25, 2009, 6:14 PM EDT

    This concludes a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 Nos. 35-21 Nos. 20-11 10. Ben Sheets (31) –…

  15. Stat of the Day – Fastball velocity against

    Sep 24, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT

    OK, so this is pretty obscure and the results are so bunched together that one can’t take a whole lot from the data, but I wanted to check something and I though it was pretty interesting to see this work out mostly the way one would expect. Here is a list of which hitters have…

  16. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 20-11

    Sep 24, 2009, 4:18 PM EDT

    This is part six in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 Nos. 35-21 20. Orlando Hudson (32)…

  17. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 35-21

    Sep 23, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    This is part five in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 35. Miguel Tejada (35) – Prev.…

  18. Braves' Cox to return for final season in 2010

    Sep 23, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    The Braves announced Wednesday that Bobby Cox will manage the team for one more season in 2010 and then retire after what will be his 25th year running the team. The 68-year-old Cox, who will return with his entire coaching staff, is currently in his 28th year as a major league manager. He has 2,408…

  19. Cardinals void Mateo's $3.1 million deal

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    Three months after signing the 16-year-old outfielder to a record $3.1 million pact, the Cardinals on Tuesday voided Wagner Mateo’s contract, saying he failed his physical based on “pre-existing injuries and physical defects.” Mateo’s deal was the second-largest ever given to a Latin American teenager and the largest given to a position player. Dominican right-hander…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-36

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    This is part four in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 50. Noel Arguelles (20) – Prev. NR –…

  21. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Sep 21, 2009, 5:32 PM EDT

    This is part three in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 70. Jason Varitek* (37) – Prev. #66 – He’s struggled…

  22. Cooper dismissal is oddly-timed, overdue

    Sep 21, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

    Why Sept. 21? Cecil Cooper is no worse of a manager now than he was on June 21 or last Oct. 21. It’s hard to imagine that he was any less popular with the players, given that, according to pretty much every report out of Houston, he lost the team months ago. Still, the Astros…

  23. Reimold's ROY bid shut down by Achilles' tendon injury

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:59 PM EDT

    Rookie of the Year candidate Nolan Reimold was shut down by the Orioles on Friday, with the simultaneous announcement that he’d undergo surgery for an Achilles’ tendon injury next Wednesday.  He’s expected to need 3-4 months to recover, giving him plenty of time to get ready for spring training.   Reimold was the most productive…

  24. Top 111 Free agents: Nos. 90-71

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT

    This is part two in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agent class. I’m listing each player along with his age, as of next April 1, and his place in the previous edition of these rankings from May. Nos 111-91 90. Chad Tracy (29) – Prev. #72 – Tracy, who posted a…

  25. Peeved umps file complaint against Angels coaches

    Sep 17, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

    It’s not just the Angels that have issue with the umps after last night’s game with the Red Sox. The umps have decided to fight back and file a complaint with MLB. According to the Boston Herald, Rick Reed, the home plate umpire from last night’s game, said that he and the rest of the…

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