And now, reality check time. This is what the rest of the Padres rotation looks like. It’s only the second game of the season, and I’m trying to maintain optimism, especially in light of Monday evening’s Opening Day victory, but I still can’t think of anything good to say about Shawn Estes. If he can return to 2000-01 form, when he was a league-average pitcher, I’ll be thrilled.
Jose Vizcaino (.444/.474/.667 in 18 AB), Mike Matheny (.438/.500/.500 in 16 AB), and Moises Alou (.316/.381/.579 in 19 AB) all have had success against Estes. Current Giants hitters have a collective .321/.392/.470 line against him in 134 at-bats.
On the other side, current Padres have hit .294/.343/.468 against Morris in 201 at-bats. Brian Giles (.417/.481/.750 in 24 AB) leads the charge, with Mike Piazza (.385/.407/.462 in 26 AB) right behind him. Unfortunately, two of the Padres’ most productive hitters against Morris — Mike Cameron (.500/.538/.917 in 12 AB) and Ryan Klesko (.360/.407/.560 in 25 AB) — are on the disabled list and won’t get a chance to add to those numbers.
Talk it up, folks. Let’s make it two in a row!