This isn't going well
Dontrelle Willis, LHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)
Sunday's stats: 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 8 BB, 0 K
In case you're wondering, Willis will be paid a total of $10 million this year, and 12 big ones in 2010. This coming offseason is going to be huge for him, as at this point the 2009 season looks more and more like a lost cause. On Sunday, Willis threw 99 pitches, of which only 44 went for strikes, as he walked four of the first five batters he faced. There's no obvious fix here, no road map to a solution, just a few months of hoping something works out.
Baseball's version of the triple-double
Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham)
Sunday's stats: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K
Strict pitch counts make double-digit strikeout games a rarity in the minors, but Hellickson has suddenly reeled off three straight, with his best outing of the year Sunday. He has struck out 61 in 50 1/3 innings while limiting the International League to a .162 batting average, the scouting reports match the stuff, and he just might be a surprise contributor come September.
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