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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Stat of the Day – Fastball velocity against

    Sep 24, 2009, 6:01 PM EST

    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…

  2. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 20-11

    Sep 24, 2009, 4:18 PM EST

    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)…

  3. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 35-21

    Sep 23, 2009, 5:19 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Sep 23, 2009, 4:32 PM EST

    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…

  5. Cardinals void Mateo's $3.1 million deal

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:29 PM EST

    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…

  6. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-36

    Sep 22, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    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 –…

  7. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Sep 21, 2009, 5:32 PM EST

    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…

  8. Cooper dismissal is oddly-timed, overdue

    Sep 21, 2009, 4:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:59 PM EST

    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…

  10. Top 111 Free agents: Nos. 90-71

    Sep 18, 2009, 4:08 PM EST

    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…

  11. Peeved umps file complaint against Angels coaches

    Sep 17, 2009, 6:35 PM EST

    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…

  12. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Sep 17, 2009, 4:27 PM EST

    Welcome to a revised and slightly expanded edition of the Top 100 Free Agents. Now it’s 111 free agents-to-be. With four months more to go on, there have been a lot of changes that this article was first published in May. Along with each player’s age, as of April 1, 2010, I’ll be noting where…

  13. Stat of the day: Eastern League OPS & ERA leaders

    Sep 16, 2009, 5:16 PM EST

    Top 10 OPS 1. Carlos Santana (Indians) – 943 2. Neil Sellers (Phillies) – 869 3. Brock Bond (Giants) – 838 4. Brian Stavisky (Phillies) – 831 5. Brett Pill (Giants) – 828 6. Brennan Boesch (Tigers) – 828 7. Brian Dinkelman (Twins) – 824 8. Deik Scram (Tigers) – 819 9. Josh Thole (Mets)…

  14. Report: Instigator Posada gets four-game ban

    Sep 16, 2009, 4:37 PM EST

    According to the New York Daily News, both Jorge Posada and Blue Jays reliever Jesse Carlson have received four-game suspensions for their actions that started a brawl Tuesday. Posada’s penalty is clearly the harsher of the two, even if the time off is the same. Position players, starting pitchers and relievers are all treated differently…

  15. What we're watching: Giants aim for critical sweep

    Sep 16, 2009, 4:22 PM EST

    - Last night’s brawl will probably go down as an isolated incident, but there is the chance that some bad blood will spill over when the Blue Jays and Yankees face off again tonight. The pitching change makes it a little more likely. This was supposed to be a matchup of lefties Brian Tallet and…

  16. Astros' Hampton to miss all of 2010 after surgery

    Sep 15, 2009, 6:07 PM EST

    The news couldn’t have been much worse for Mike Hampton on Tuesday, as the free-agent-to-be was diagnosed with a completely torn rotator cuff during surgery. He also needed work done on his labrum, and he’s expected to miss all of 2010. Before going down in mid-August, Hampton had made 21 starts this year, his highest…

  17. Stat of the day: Triple-A ERA leaders

    Sep 15, 2009, 4:56 PM EST

    International League top 10 1. Carlos Torres (White Sox) – 2.39 2. Matt Maloney (Reds) – 3.08 3. Michael Bowden (Red Sox) – 3.13 4. Justin Lehr (Reds) – 3.31 5. Kyle Kendrick (Phillies) – 3.34 6. Drew Carpenter (Phillies) – 3.35 7. Wade Davis (Rays) – 3.40 8. Daniel McCutchen (Pirates) – 3.46 9.…

  18. What we're watching: Dice-K returns vs. Halos

    Sep 15, 2009, 4:25 PM EST

    - Now up five games over the Rangers in the loss column, the Red Sox have some margin for error in the wild-card chase. However, making tonight’s game particularly important is that Daisuke Matsuzaka will be rejoining the rotation and facing likely ALDS opponent Los Angeles. Matsuzaka last pitched in the majors on June 19,…

  19. Stat of the Day: Triple-A OPS leaders

    Sep 14, 2009, 5:10 PM EST

    PCL Top 10 1. John Bowker (Giants) – 1047 2. Sean Rodriguez (Angels) – 1017 3. Mitch Jones (Dodgers) – 1015 4. Randy Ruiz (Blue Jays) – 976 5. Allen Craig (Cardinals) – 921 6. Brandon Wood (Angels) – 910 7. Chris Shelton (Mariners) – 905 8. Dee Brown (Dodgers) – 905 9. Adam Heether…

  20. What we're watching: Halos, Bombers collide

    Sep 14, 2009, 4:28 PM EST

    - The teams with the two best records in baseball are set to play tonight, as the Angels travel to Yankee Stadium for a makeup game. Jered Weaver, who is 15-5 with 3.76 ERA, will be opposed by three-inning starter Joba Chamberlain. The Angels currently trail the Yankees by five games as the two vie…

  21. Where are they now: Jake Fox

    Sep 11, 2009, 6:01 PM EST

    It seemed like a safe enough assumption; Jake Fox had made 10 starts in left field this season and he’d hit .286/.332/.526 in his 175 at-bats for the Cubs. Of course he was going to see additional playing time with Alfonso Soriano being shut down with a knee injury. It was a given. But now…

  22. Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

    Sep 11, 2009, 4:57 PM EST

    As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from Fangraphs.com 1. Willy Taveras -26.3 2. Alex Gonzalez -21.2 3. Dioner Navarro -20.5 4. Yuniesky Betancourt -19.9 5. Emilio Bonifacio -19.9 6. Edgar Renteria -17.3 7. Aaron Miles -16.6 8. Kaz Matsui -16.5 9. Jason Kendall -16.5 10. Ronny Cedeno -15.9 Rather than go by OPS…

  23. What we're watching: Rays vs. Red Sox

    Sep 11, 2009, 4:22 PM EST

    - Seattle‘s Brandon Morrow will make his first major league appearance since July 10 when he starts against the Rangers.  The 25-year-old was being used carefully in Triple-A Tacoma, though he did throw a nine-inning shutout on Aug. 14.  In four starts since, he had pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs.  He…

  24. The buck stops… well, over there somewhere

    Sep 10, 2009, 4:17 PM EST

    Mark Whicker told Poynter Online that it’s the “speed and the enormity of the Internet” that forced him to apologize for a column noting sports topics that developed during the 18 years in which Jaycee Dugard was being held captive and raped. While the piece truly wasn’t intended to harm, Whicker’s misguided effort landed him…

  25. Bloggers shed light on Valverde age controversy

    Sep 9, 2009, 4:52 PM EST

    Sparked by some nice work from MLB Trade Rumors and MVN’s Lisa Gray, the Astros have revealed that an error was made in recent media guides, giving Jose Valverde a birthdate of June 24, 1979, rather than his actual DOB of March 24, 1978. This obviously wasn’t just an Astros mistake, as Valverde has been…

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