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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Friday's Quick Hits

    Jun 19, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    - Fernando Martinez was sent back down to Triple-A by the Mets after hitting .194/.286/.274 in 62 at-bats over 18 games. Once it was determined that Gary Sheffield’s knees were good enough to allow him to return to left field, it was expected that Martinez would be sent down, though the thinking was that the…

  2. What we're watching – Freeway Series

    Jun 19, 2009, 5:01 PM EDT

    - The first of two series between the Braves and Red Sox kicks off with a battle of Japanese starters, as Kenshin Kawakami and Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound at Fenway tonight. Kawakami is 3-5 with a 4.54 ERA, but he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of this last eight…

  3. Projections and Paces – Cardinals

    Jun 19, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Albert Pujols 2008: .357/.462/.653, 37 HR, 100 R, 116 RBI, 7 SB in 524 ABProj..: .328/.440/.624, 40 HR, 108 R, 118 RBI, 6 SB in 543 ABPace: .320/.444/.689, 56 HR,…

  4. Thursday's thoughts: Hanigan seals his fate

    Jun 18, 2009, 11:47 PM EDT

    - You know Dusty Baker didn’t want to do it, but with Ramon Hernandez getting a day off, Ryan Hanigan was moved up to the fifth spot against the Braves. It was the first time this season that Hanigan, who entered with a .395 OBP, hit higher than seventh. Most of his starts had come…

  5. Projections and Paces – Blue Jays

    Jun 18, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Alex Rios 2008: .291/.337/.461, 15 HR, 91 R, 79 RBI, 32 SB in 635 ABProj..: .299/.355/.502, 25 HR, 96 R, 89 RBI, 21 SB in 613 ABPace: .278/.336/.454, 22 HR,…

  6. Former major leaguers in Japan – Hitters

    Jun 18, 2009, 5:37 PM EDT

    I’ll go over the pitchers tomorrow, but for now, here’s a look at how former major and minor leaguers are currently performing in Japan. Tuffy Rhodes – .327/.413/.655, 11 HR in 110 AB Rhodes earlier this year became the 12th player in history and first American to hit 450 homers in Japan. He’d be leading…

  7. Former major leaguers in Japan – Pitchers

    Jun 18, 2009, 5:23 PM EDT

    In case you missed it, I ran down the hitters on Wednesday. D.J. Houlton – 5-3, 2.13 ERA, 62/21 K/BB in 76 IP Houlton ranks third in the Pacific League in ERA behind Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish. The 29-year-old was a swingman last year in his first season in Japan. He had a 4.18…

  8. What we're watching – Cards look to sweep

    Jun 18, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT

    - Ricky Nolasco has pitched well in two starts since returning from the minors, but he has a tough assignment ahead of him in Boston tonight. Jon Lester, who has fanned 34 and allowed three runs in his last three starts, will get the ball as the Red Sox try to complete a home sweep…

  9. Projections and Paces – Brewers

    Jun 18, 2009, 4:24 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Prince Fielder 2008: .276/.372/.507, 34 HR, 86 R, 102 RBI, 3 SB in 588 ABProj..: .289/.401/.552, 38 HR, 93 R, 116 RBI, 3 SB in 567 ABPace: .302/.430/.595, 39 HR,…

  10. Wednesday's thoughts – Wieters goes deep Wieters

    Jun 17, 2009, 11:49 PM EDT

    - The latest evidence that Trey Hillman is a joke as a major league manager: Kyle Farnsworth, who had allowed one run in eight weeks, wasn’t the reliever of choice with the Royals down 6-2 tonight. Nor was he the reliever of choice with the team down 7-2. No, Hillman waited until it was 11-2…

  11. Projections and Paces – Athletics

    Jun 17, 2009, 9:37 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Matt Holliday 2008: .321/.409/.538, 25 HR, 107 R, 88 RBI, 28 SB in 539 ABProj..: .294/.386/.518, 28 HR, 99 R, 109 RBI, 13 SB in 585 ABPace: .275/.376/.437, 21 HR,…

  12. Halladay, Downs added to crowded Jays' DL

    Jun 17, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    On the same day that their trainer was awarded a trip to the All-Star Game, the Jays placed three more pitchers on the disabled list: Roy Halladay (groin), Casey Janssen (shoulder) and Scott Downs (toe). Those three join fellow pitchers Jesse Litsch, Shaun Marcum, Dustin McGowan and Robert Ray on the shelf for Toronto. The…

  13. What we're watching – Wang & Greinke

    Jun 17, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    - Chien-Ming Wang bids to stay in the Yankee rotation when he and 14.34 ERA take the mound against the Nationals. In two starts since replacing Phil Hughes, Wang has allowed nine runs over 7 1/3 innings, though that’s actually lowered his ERA. The league is hitting an impossible .446 off him this year. The…

  14. Projections and Paces – Braves

    Jun 17, 2009, 4:24 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Chipper Jones 2008: .364/.470/.574, 22 HR, 82 R, 75 RBI, 4 SB in 439 ABProj..: .318/.425/.548, 23 HR, 84 R, 81 RBI, 3 SB in 434 ABPace: .308/.422/.514, 21 HR,…

  15. Tuesday's thoughts: Wedge's wacky lineups

    Jun 17, 2009, 1:48 AM EDT

    - I’ve believed all along that Ramon Castro was the most effective catcher on the Mets’ roster. The scary thing is that he also might have been the organization’s best option at first base after Carlos Delgado went down. After another hitless game Tuesday, Daniel Murphy is down to .234/.318/.347 for the season. Castro has…

  16. Projections and Paces – Astros

    Jun 16, 2009, 8:01 PM EDT

    The article below is meant to provide a quick look at how my preseason projections match up with the paces of select major league hitters. Lance Berkman 2008: .312/.420/.567, 29 HR, 114 R, 106 RBI, 18 SB in 554 ABProj : .291/.405/.537, 31 HR, 105 R, 103 RBI, 9 SB in 546 ABPace: .256/.387/.507, 35…

  17. Report: Sosa tested positive in 2003

    Jun 16, 2009, 5:32 PM EDT

    The New York Times is reporting that Sammy Sosa is one of the 104 players on the list of those who tested positive for performance-enhancing substances in 2003. Sosa joins Alex Rodriguez as the only players to have their names leaked from the list. According to the Times, the lawyers who had knowledge of Sosa’s…

  18. Projections and Paces – Angels

    Jun 16, 2009, 5:13 PM EDT

    This is the first of a series of blogs just taking a quick glance at how my preseason projections are shaping up. This isn’t a serious review — that will come after the season — so I’m just looking at a few hitters from each team and ignoring pitchers and injured players for now. Mike…

  19. What we're watching – June 16

    Jun 16, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    - Baseball’s hottest pitcher, Justin Verlander, will make his first interleague start of the year against the Cardinals, who will counter with Adam Wainwright. Verlander is 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA in his last nine starts, and he’s 8-0 with a 2.30 ERA lifetime during interleague play. The Cardinals’ lost their series against the Tigers…

  20. Baseball's tightest race

    Jun 15, 2009, 5:57 PM EDT

    With the Brewers, Cardinals and Reds all losing seven of their last 10 games, the six NL Central teams are currently separated by just four games. Milwaukee – 34-29St. Louis – 34-30Chicago – 30-30Cincinnati – 31-30Pittsburgh – 30-33Houston – 29-32 It’s not just the records that are similar either. The NL Central is the only…

  21. Stick a fork in 'em – the 2009 Nationals

    Jun 15, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    It could have been done before the end of April, but I didn’t have the idea for the segment back then. So let’s officially declare the Nationals dead for 2009 and look ahead to 2010. The 2010 depth chart Catcher: Jesus Flores (Arb.), Wil Nieves (Arb.), Josh Bard (Arb.), Luke Montz Flores, who hit .311/.382/.522…

  22. Let's just take the player's word for it

    Jun 12, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

    Wellemeyer loses about 5 mph on fastball is the headline to article penned by Joe Strauss in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The headline is culled entirely from the following quote by Wellemeyer: “Last year I was throwing 94-96 (mph), this year I’m topping out at 90-91,” he said. “I don’t know what it is but…

  23. Blundering Bradley brings out the boo birds

    Jun 12, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    As if things weren’t already going badly enough, Milton Bradley misplaced his brain on the way to the ballpark Friday. – In the sixth inning, with Bradley on second and Mike Fontenot on third, Derrek Lee hit a routine grounder to third. The Twins were conceding the run, but Bradley took off for third on…

  24. What we're watching – June 12

    Jun 12, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    - Tommy Hanson’s second big-league outing will come against the Orioles in Baltimore. He started off in fine fashion against the Brewers five days ago, only to end up allowing three homers and seven runs in six innings. This could be a tougher assignment, as the Orioles lead baseball with a .294 average at home…

  25. Escobar's shoulder forces move to bullpen

    Jun 11, 2009, 8:25 PM EDT

    One start. Five innings. That’s how long Kelvim Escobar’s return to the rotation lasted after he missed 1 1/3 seasons due to shoulder problems. Since the struggled to bounce back following an encouraging first start Saturday against the Tigers, the Angels announced that he would be unavailable for the rest of this week and would…

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