Musial, Pujols have nothing on Cardinals rookie David Freese


freese swinging.jpgWith a three-run homer off Jair Jurrjens and a three-run double off reliever Jesse Chavez, David Freese on Tuesday became the first Cardinals rookie since 1925 to drive in six runs in a game.
Freese finished 3-for-3 with a walk as St. Louis beat Atlanta 10-4 to complete a four-game sweep. The 26-year-old rookie entered the game with just two extra-base hits in 61 at-bats, but he managed to top anything Stan Musial or Albert Pujols did in their rookie seasons with his performance today.
Pujols had two five-RBI games during a 2001 season in which he won Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in the NL MVP balloting. They actually came in a four-day span in September. He also had a pair of two-homer games, but they both resulted in three-RBI days.

CC Sabathia’s bad weekend in Baltimore made him choose rehab

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It was inevitable that someone would report on what, specifically, was going on with CC Sabathia in the run up to his decision to go into rehab yesterday. And today we have that story, at least in the broad strokes, from the New York Post.

Speaking to an anonymous source close to Sabathia, the Post reports that the Yankees’ starter more or less went on a bender from Thursday into Friday and continued on to Saturday, which resulted in his Sunday afternoon phone call to Brian Cashman in which he said he needed help.

Notable detail: Sabathia is referred to as “not a big drinker” in the story. Which is something worth thinking about when you think of others who have trouble with alcohol. It’s not always about massive or constant consumption. It’s about the person’s relationship with substances that is the real problem. Many who drink a good deal are totally fine. Many who don’t drink much do so in problematic ways and patterns. For this reason, and many others, it’s useful to avoid engaging in cliches and stereotypes of addicts.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria may push to trade Marcell Ozuna

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First the Marlins demoted promising 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A in July, then they kept him there far longer than warranted because of presumed service time considerations, and now they may be looking to trade him.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “is down on him and will consider trading him” despite several members of the front office wanting to keep Ozuna because … well, he has a lot of long-term upside.

Ozuna described being stuck at Triple-A as “like a jail” before finally being promoted back to the majors after hitting .317 with a .937 OPS in 33 games for New Orleans. His plate discipline needs work, but Ozuna has 25-homer power and the range to play center field. If the Marlins make him available via trade a bunch of teams will be calling.