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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Projections and Paces – Indians

    Jun 19, 2009, 9:22 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. Victor Martinez 2008: .278/.337/.365, 2 HR, 30 R, 35 RBI, 0 SB in 266 ABProj..: .296/.368/.459, 19 HR, 71 R, 92 RBI, 0 SB in 538 ABPace: .345/.424/.550, 26 HR,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…

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