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Sunday Morning Rockpile:

We talk about Tulo's ability to come through in high leverage situtations, but let's also take a look at Kaz Matsui's recent work in that area.

First, we have the Orioles take on Kaz from last night:

The Orioles begrudgingly recognized Matsui's achievement. It was understandable on a night they inched closer to the middle of nowhere.

"He didn't hit it hard," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He's flicking it out there and sometimes that's what happens."

That's what you'd expect from the losing team. Now we have one of Matsui's teammates on Kaz:

"The guys here have a lot of confidence in Kaz," Rockies slugger Matt Holliday said. "He seems to do really well in (the clutch)."

So let's look at some of his greatest hits since his return on May 21 (all info from FanGraphs):

June 3 vs. Reds, LI: 4.59: Bases are loaded in the bottom of the 8th. Matsui hits a bases-clearing triple to tie the game at 8-8. Rockies win 10-9 in 10 innings.

May 25 vs. Giants, LI: 4.43: It's the top of the 9th and Steve Finley's on third. Kaz singles to give the the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies win 5-3.

June 9 vs. Orioles, LI: 3.69: In the top of the 10th, tied 2-2, Chris Iannetta scores from second on Kaz-Mat's double to left field. Rockies win 3-2.

May 21 vs. D'Backs, LI: 3.17: Kaz steps to the plate in the top of the 7th with men on first and second. With the Rockies down 4-3, Kaz hits a double off Brandon Webb to put the Rockies ahead 5-4. Rockies eventually lose 6-5.

The Rockies are 12-6 since Matsui's return.


Drew Stubbs was the 8th overall pick last year and he signed with the Reds after receiving a $2M bonus. The League Office wants teams to lower bonuses 20% from last year's signings. I can't wait to see some of the contracts that are signed. Porcello's not going to accept a contract that is normally given to the 27th pick and Brackman and the Yankees are certainly going to exceed slot money.

Weathers doesn't have much leverage as a senior and contract negotiations have already started. If something isn't hammered out by the end of the week, I'd be surprised.

Weathers won't be going to either of the short season leagues since "The player development department is thinking Single-A Asheville or higher," according to Irv Moss' article. The lower the league, the lower the chance he sees the majors this year.


Anyone read about Tony La Russa's new rule suggestion concerning hitting batters in the head (middle of the article)? He doesn't care if it's intentional or not, the player is suspended without question. It's a three-strikes rule, but it'll do more harm than good. One pitch that slips out of a hurler's hand and that could ruin a team's season.