IGD: Padres vs Phillies (22 Jul 07)

Game #97
time: 1:05 p.m. PT
tv: 4SD
sp: Jake Peavy (9-4, 2.30) vs J.D. Durbin (1-2, 9.00)
pre: Padres.com | SI.com

Words that rhyme with “Durbin”:

  • bourbon
  • turban
  • urban

Now you know. Go Padres!

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22 Responses »

  1. Sorry, Geoff, I think I might have messed up the intent of the poll by adding Grady Sizemore. But he is the guy I want to see in center next year. 8)

  2. So I was watching the Beavers/Sidewinders game last night on FNS Northwest, and I guess they want to change the name of the Beavers. For those that don’t know the Portland Beavers have a deep and long history in the Pacific Coast League – one that I personally doesn’t need to be tinkered with. They’re even saying that the Portland Beavers are being confused with Oregon State, which I find stupid.

    Anyways, go here http://www.portlandbeavers.com/survey/ and vote against changing the name of the Beavers and PGE Park (which has also been a PCL tradition for decades.)

  3. Looks like we are well on our way to making another 6.00+ ERA pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate. Ugh, might as well go back to work.

  4. Geoff Blum is on fire – 429/520/476 in July, not including today (when he’s 1-2).

    Considering the rest of the anemic offense, one would have to say he’s carrying the team.

  5. Yeah….and our beloved Peavy is faultering again. He is not pitching well of late. Maybe if every Padre batter stopped swinging a the first pitch and grounding into double plays we’d have a chance.

  6. We are getting the short end of the stick today frum the (ch)umps. I guess it wouldn’t matter if we could hit. It’s all about saving lives.

  7. 2 … *thanks* for the pointer, RD … I’ve cast my vote … in support of the “Beavers”!!!

    BTW, if any of you reading this are going to Cooperstown *next weekend* and haven’t yet check’d-in over here …


    … please do so!

  8. I avoided checking in on this game all day. Peavy + day game in Petco = bad result. I’ve brought this up many times on this blog, and always been shot down, but seriously, why can’t Black come up with a creative solution to avoid pitching Peavy in day games, or at least minimize it. There are enough off-days to at least consider the idea, right?

    Everybody’s complaint seems to be “well, you don’t skip a starting pitcher.” I’m not talking about skipping him – I’m talking about moving him back a day, or rearranging the rotation, using off-days, to avoid the day game.

    When Randy Johnson was in his prime, managers sat their lefties against him – even their best ones. The most successful managers in baseball put their players in positions to succeed. It’s why Branyan doesn’t bat against lefties, and why Adrian Gonzalez doesn’t play third base. It’s why Ryan Howarsd isn’t asked to bunt. It’s why rookies hit at the bottom of the order. When a player demonstrates, over and over again, that he can’t do a specific thing – i.e. pitch well during the day – I don’t understand why you keep asking that player to do that thing.

  9. 8: David-

    I guess that my complaint with the suggestion is that Peavy actually pitches better this year during the day. Check out the splits on ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/splits?playerId=5019

    Oddly enough this year Peavy’s ERA at home is 3.16 and his ERA on the road is 0.94.

    Over the last couple of years you’re right, Peavy’s been better at night, but this year he’s overcome it.

  10. Outscored 28-8 at home in a four-game series. That should bring down the run differential and expected won-loss record. We’re lucky we didn’t get swept.


  11. KG at BP ranked 1B-men in the minors, and had this to say about Kyle Blanks, whom he ranked #8 …

    8. Kyle Blanks, Padres
    Age: 20.9
    Hitting: .310/.387/.568 at High-A

    Among the biggest players you’ll ever seen in a uniform, Blanks had an injury-plagued full-season debut in 2006, but has been healthy and productive this year at Lake Elsinore. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Blanks was over 300 last year, which angered the organization; his battle with the bulge will be as much a part of his development as his battles with the breaking pitch, which he still struggles with. Blanks is a remarkable athlete for his size, having already stolen eight bases, and he’s a fine defender as well. When he first signed, the Padres envisioned him as a possible Dave Parker-like talent if he could get down to about 260 pounds, but with that looking pretty unlikely, the bat will have to carry him at first.

  12. If you’re a Tony Gwynn fan (and who here isn’t? :-) ), then I think this will be one of the better pre-HOF articles you read …


    … lots of good tidbits of info that I’ve not heard/read before!

  13. And Dex at gaslampball found this article on Tony from a writer in Baltimore …


    … very nice!

  14. #9
    Peavy’s last 3 day starts have been atrocious. Small sample size so far(half a season), although I am surprised by the home/road splits.
    By the end of the season I bet his night stats are better. It’s a problem (pitching during day games) a lot of power pitchers have, and one which Bill James identified 20 years ago.

  15. An interesting look at the status of the trade market …


  16. And a good night in San Antonio …


    … Headley with HR #16 … Leblanc pitched well … Venable with 3 hits and 3 RBI … Antonelli still hitting .439 in AA …

  17. I’m more interested in player performance than team W’s and L’s for the minor league clubs … but getting W’s is still important and valuable … so it’s good to note that the STORM have won 12 in row going into tonight’s game … here’s a story about #12 yesterday …


  18. #7: No problemo LM. I just find it ludicrous that the management A) Wants to basically mess with history and B) think that the team is getting confused with the Oregon State Beavers.

  19. #1: No worries, Ben; I’d love to see Sizemore out there, too. Might as well dream big… 8)