Don't ever pitch to Adrian Gonzalez

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Adrian Gonzalez has walked a league-leading 57 times so far in 2009. He’s on pace to receive 108 free passes over the course of this season.

That’s not nearly enough.

Let’s look at the line for the Padres’ slugger: .274/.415/.606. That’s 24 home runs in 69 games, and a 1.021 OPS.

In the Padres lineup, Scott Hairston (.951 OPS) has presented a
consistent threat, but is just coming off the DL. Otherwise Gonzalez is
surrounded by the likes of David Eckstein (.680 OPS), Kevin Kouzmanoff
(.678) and Chase Headley (.674).

So when is it OK to pitch to Gonzalez? When you’re up 10-0 and you
like your bullpen. Otherwise, never. OK I’m exaggerating, but it really
is amazing pitchers aren’t smarter about this. Just put your ego aside
and put him on. Or hope he gets impatient and chases something on the
edges.

The Mariners, for example, were leading 1-0 in the fourth inning
Tuesday night. Garrett Olson had a man on first with nobody out.
Instead of walking Gonzalez and having two on with nobody out, he
grooved a pitch to the big lefty that hasn’t landed yet. Watch it! Padres 2, Mariners 1. It’s just stupid.

And while we’re handing out advice, the same rule applies to Albert Pujols.
The Cardinals star has a 1.159 OPS. The players around him? Skip
Schumaker (.754), Chris Duncan (.746), Ryan Ludwick (.744), and Rick
Ankiel (.705).

Just makes sense.

Drew Pomeranz: “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs).”

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 5:  Drew Pomeranz #31 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 5, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.

The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.

Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.

Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for use of a stimulant

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero follows through on an RBI-double in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.

If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The minor league season is over, of course, so he’ll serve that suspension next season. Assuming the Jays keep him in the fold.