IGD: Padres @ Giants (26 Jun 07)

Game #76
time: 7:15 p.m. PT
tv: 4SD
sp: David Wells (3-5, 4.71) vs Barry Zito (6-8, 4.83)
pre: Padres.com, SI.com

I’m starting to wonder if maybe Dex is onto something with his fire sale idea. I’ll take it a step further and recommend that the Padres position the PCL for an immediate transfer to the Triple-A level. I have no doubt that they would completely dominate the competition and bring a championship home to San Diego.

Meanwhile, back on this planet, the Padres and Giants hook up for the second of three at PhoneCo on Tuesday night. Those looking for reasons to be hopeful may wish to recall that David Wells‘ contract isn’t guaranteed through 2013:

David Wells vs Barry Zito
  IP/GS H/9 HR/9 BB/9 K/9 ERA+ OPS vs LHB
Stats are through games of June 25, 2007, and are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
Wells 5.76 11.16 1.00 2.01 5.02 85 916
Zito 5.84 8.62 0.93 4.21 5.54 88 923

The question isn’t which pitcher has performed better, it’s how can they even be close?

Go Padres!

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  1. “There is one, and only one, legitimate explanation for those one-run records, and that explanation is blind luck. I know many of you believe that one-run records are determined largely by bullpens and/or “chemistry,” but there simply isn’t any evidence that either of those plays a significant factor in one-run games.” – Rob Neyer

    Bullpen quality is the only factor that has a statistically significant impact and it ain’t that big of an impact.

  2. Haha. What a weird, fitting ending. It’s a good thing that the Yankees didn’t have Michael Barrett catching in 2004. Black looks like a genius for switching in Barrett fresh for this inning.

  3. 202: Good one.

  4. And we’re back in first place.

  5. We really haven’t had that many catchers with this kind of talent as of late, save for Mike Piazza and Carlos Hernandez. I really like the Barrett aquisition.

  6. 171 … thanks for the link, GY … shows the Padres bully with a far-and-away-MLB-leading ERA of 2.44 … Boston next at 2.93 …

    It also shows an MLB-leading 15 L’s … guess that’s more attributable to the lack of offense … ie. most/many runs they give up will result in an L … tonight being an exception … but 15 L’s seems like a lot, don’t it?

    Also, with a bully ERA of 2.44, and Linebrink’s now at 2.60, he now qualifies as a “below-average” member of the bull-pen, right?

  7. #204: I think we are still a half game back from the Dogs. Right?

  8. 207: Son of a- You’re right.