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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Stick a fork in 'em – The 2009 Diamondbacks

    Jul 2, 2009, 5:35 PM EDT

    While they have a slightly better record than the Indians, the Diamondbacks are the second team we’re declaring dead for 2009. Wednesday’s loss dropped them 18 1/2 games back in the NL West. Even the lowly Nationals, the recipient of the first fork of the year, are a mere 17 1/2 games in the NL…

  2. Wednesday's Quick Hits – Get ready for two more All-Stars

    Jul 1, 2009, 5:23 PM EDT

    - MLB announced Wednesday that it has expanded All-Star rosters to add 13th pitcher. Because who could reasonably be expected to get by with 12? From now on each All-Star team will have 33 players, including 13 pitchers. Obviously, the decision is a response to what happened last year, when George Sherrill was asked to…

  3. Home runs, steals still up through three months

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    With June in the books, I wanted to again check out the league-wide scoring trends. All stats courtesy of the wonderful Baseball Reference, of course. It seems like even the dimmest announcers are coming to grips with the fact that home runs aren’t truly down this year, but the spike we saw in April does…

  4. What we're watching – Cain goes for 10th victory

    Jul 1, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    - The Yankees will go for a seventh straight win against a pitcher they tried to acquire in the second half of last year, Jarrod Washburn. They beat the Mariners 8-5 on Tuesday to improve to 22-14 at new Yankee Stadium. Washburn, who had an impressive 2.82 ERA in six starts against the Bombers at…

  5. Tuesday's quick hits

    Jun 30, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    - The Red Sox have decided to place Mike Lowell on the disabled list to give him additional time to recover after having his hip drained and receiving an injection Monday. Lowell’s play had fallen off over the last month, and it might be for the best that he rests through the All-Star break. The…

  6. Projecting the AL All-Star roster – Take 2

    Jun 30, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    With All-Star balloting set to wrap up this week, I’m going to try projecting the AL All-Star roster one more time. Here’s what I went with four weeks ago (starters in bold): C – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez1B – Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira2B – Ian Kinsler, Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia3B – Evan Longoria,…

  7. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    - Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

  8. What we're watching – June 30

    Jun 30, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    - Tim Lincecum dominated Albert Pujols and the rest of the Cardinals with a two-hit shutout on Monday. Now St. Louis will try to even up the series with Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter has lost two of his last three starts with the Cardinals’ offense struggling, but he still hasn’t allowed more than…

  9. Projecting the AL All-Star roster – Take 2

    Jun 30, 2009, 3:25 PM EDT

    With All-Star balloting set to wrap up this week, I’m going to try projecting the AL All-Star roster one more time. Here’s what I went with four weeks ago (starters in bold): C – Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez1B – Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira2B – Ian Kinsler, Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia3B – Evan Longoria,…

  10. Projecting the NL All-Star roster, Take 2

    Jun 29, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    Four weeks ago, I projected the following roster for the NL All-Star team (starters in bold): C – Yadier Molina, Brian McCann, Bengie Molina1B – Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez2B – Chase Utley, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez3B – David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Chipper JonesSS – Jimmy Rollins, Hanley RamirezOF – Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Alfonso Soriano,…

  11. What we're watching – June 29

    Jun 29, 2009, 4:27 PM EDT

    - Roy Halladay returns from the disabled list to face the Rays for the first time this season. He’s won seven in a row since his only loss of the year on April 21, but the Rays have often challenged him. He went just 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA against Tampa Bay last year, leaving…

  12. Joe Morgan, Jerry Manuel and no-brainers

    Jun 29, 2009, 4:14 AM EDT

    No, I’m not just being redundant. Certainly according to Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips, it was the easiest decision of all-time: walk Derek Jeter to get to Mariano Rivera. Men on first and second, two outs, one of the game’s most clutchtastic players at the plate or bases loaded and Rivera batting for the third…

  13. Royals' Moore lacks vision, should lack job

    Jun 26, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT

    Disastrous. It’s the word I used to describe the Royals’ offseason at the time that they made their one positive move. It is likely that getting Zack Greinke signed to a four-year deal likely will benefit the Royals’ long-term future more than the rest of the moves combined will take away from it. Still, it…

  14. What we're watching – June 26

    Jun 26, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    - Boston’s Josh Beckett will make his second straight start against the Braves after hurling his first shutout as a member of the Red Sox on Sunday. He’s gone four of his last six starts without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA from 5.85 to 3.74 in the process. The Braves will turn to…

  15. Thursdays quick hits – Big Hurt update

    Jun 25, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    - Frank Thomas told ESPN radio Thursday that he’s still open to playing again, but that he getting closer to announcing his retirement. Thomas isn’t expecting anyone to come knocking on his door now that we’re three months into the season. “That percent right now is probably about five percent, since we’re so deep into…

  16. Soto admits to positive marijuana test

    Jun 25, 2009, 4:02 PM EDT

    Sometime around 3½ months after the fact, it was revealed Thursday that Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Of course, it was a one-time thing, nothing he had ever tried before. “While I full acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and…

  17. What we're watching – June 24

    Jun 24, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT

    - With the Giants already 4-1 against the A’s this season, 301-game winning Randy Johnson will face one-game winner Gio Gonzalez in Oakland. Gonzalez, who is filling in for Josh Outman, will be making his first start of 2009 after pitching in relief twice last month. He’s 1-4 with a 7.59 ERA in seven starts…

  18. Wednesday's quick hits – Indians make deals

    Jun 24, 2009, 5:56 PM EDT

    - After Matt Lindstrom’s second straight ugly outing Tuesday, it was determined Wednesday that he had a sprained elbow ligament and would miss at least six weeks. Lindstrom, who injured his shoulder in the WBC, has likely been pitching hurt all season. The results certainly suggest it, not that they stopped the Marlins from having…

  19. 10 most likely to be traded – Infielders

    Jun 24, 2009, 5:22 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa (Indians) – With Grady Sizemore back, the Indians aren’t likely to sell just yet. Still, at least as big of a problem as being 10 games behind is that they have four teams ahead of them in the AL Central. DeRosa has been talked about as trade bait for close to two months…

  20. A look at the Forecasters Challenge

    Jun 23, 2009, 8:36 PM EDT

    This is as much for my benefit as anyone else’s, but I wanted to check in on how my players in the Forecasters Challenge are doing now that the season is almost half over. We’re not getting status updates, so it’s all guesswork at this point. For those not following along, Tom Tango’s Forecasters Challenge…

  21. 10 most likely to be traded – Relievers

    Jun 23, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT

    Huston Street (Rockies) – Street appeared to be a lock to go a few weeks ago, and it seemed likely that the Rockies wouldn’t even wait until the deadline before making a move. However, their recent surge, combined with the loss of former closer Manny Corpas, is going to make trading him much more difficult.…

  22. What we're watching – Phi-TB rematch

    Jun 23, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    - 46-year-old Jamie Moyer and 23-year-old David Price will be the starts as the Phillies and Rays play in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Fortunately, the Phillies are back on the road now after losing six straight at home to the Blue Jays and Orioles. They’re just 3-9 in interleague play, but they’re…

  23. Eye on the prize

    Jun 22, 2009, 6:05 PM EDT

    So much and so little has changed. It was 10 years and three weeks ago that I discovered Rotoworld.com, clicked on the contact button and suggested to anyone who was listening that I was the perfect candidate to write some columns for the site. Not that this college dropout had any sort of resume. Besides…

  24. Mets lose Beltran to DL, bring back Fernando

    Jun 22, 2009, 5:17 PM EDT

    Already down their third- and fourth-best position players, the Mets just lost No. 1 when it was decided that Carlos Beltran would need a couple of weeks off to rest his troublesome right knee. It appears as though Beltran has been making the calls here. Though he kept playing through the pain over the weekend,…

  25. 10 most likely to be traded – Outfielders

    Jun 22, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday (Athletics) – The early-month surge hasn’t held up, as the A’s have gone 3-6 since interleague play resumed. While Oakland is still just seven games back, there’s nothing to suggest the team will ever get healthy enough to make a real run. Holliday, who has been an above average regular since the end…

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