first pitch: 4:05 p.m. PT
television: Channel 4SD
matchup: Chris Young (3-2, 3.34 ERA) vs Chuck James (3-2, 4.83 ERA)
preview: Padres.com | SI.com
If you dig deep enough, you can almost always find a statistical split that casts your favorite team/player into a more positive light. Here’s a fun one for the Padres so far this season:
|Stats courtesy of ESPN.|
Just another way of looking at something we’ve already seen. Still, it’s always nice to have the view confirmed from multiple angles, especially when it looks so freakin’ good…
The Dodgers are making quick work of Florida, they’re up 6-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
For most teams, a player needs to stay above the “Mendoza Line” to keep his spot in the lineup. The Padres have another set of rules:
The “Kouzmanoff Line”= .100
How long can Blum and the aforementioned Kouz keep there heads above water?
Bell is simply lights out right now. Another Kevin Towers gem. This trade is looking really great. Ring will contribute this year as well, while Ben Johnson and John Adkins may not get a whiff of the Mets roster.
Kouzmanoff is simpy not a major league hitter right now.
102: From my observations of Kouzmanoff, it looks like he’s starting to heat up. He hit two balls hard tonight, and it hasn’t seemed like he’s struck out as much. Blum, well, Blum’s never been any good, so it’s not really that surprising.
What’s up with Padre hitters swinging weakly at balls while ahead in the count?
Free Craig Stansberry!
Another single! Big deal.
What’s up with OG’s so-called slugging percentage?
It appears Kouz, Cammy, and Blum have deflected any criticism of Brian Giles weak swings.
I suppose there has to be a chain of criticism.
108: It is fairly weak that OG doesn’t contribute as much offensively anymore, although it’s not much of a surprise.
I wanted to cry when the Braves announcers detailed his declining slugging percentage.
Khalil is making some nice picks tonite.
Quick inning from Linebrink. Should have been even quicker but we’ll take it.
If you were Bud Black, who would be your three starting outfielders?
Man Adrian has a beautiful swing. He made that look easy.
111: If I had to pick a starting OF from our guys, I’d probably go with:
LF: Sledge CF: Cruz RF: McAnulty
Is it a compliment or a critique to compare Adrian Gonzalez’ swing to Will Clark’s?
Compliment. Clark had a career 138 OPS+ and .303 batting average.
115: Sledge and Cruz give you some speed. McAnulty has more pop than Giles at this point, and probably gets on base at a similar clip.
I’m hating that we’re leaving guys stranded tonite. We can’t do this and expect to win the series against Atlanta.
113: A big problem with that outfield is the defense, though. Cruz would be an average to below average center fielder, and both Sledge and McAnulty have looked pretty bad at the corners.