Dan has posted 2008 ZiPS projections for the Padres (hat tip to Ben B. in the comments). Some key names:
The projection for Hairston is low — possibly by a lot, but the rest of these look reasonable to me. Center fielder remains a problem that I’m still studying.
If Young is healthy, he’ll beat this. Hoffman? Well, his ERA stood at 2.53 after 162 games this year.
- Saguaros 3, Phoenix 2 (box score). Antonelli went 2-for-3 batting seventh; he’s been way down in the order so far. Will Venable, batting fifth and DHing again, doubled and drove in a run. Nick Hundley, batting ninth, went 0-for-2 with a walk; he also caught the speedy Nyger Morgan trying to steal. Jonathan Ellis worked a scoreless sixth (still had trouble finding the plate — only 9 of 18 pitches were strikes). Neil Jamison closed for his second save. The lone blemish was a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen, whom Jamison promptly picked off first.
Finally, I’ve gotten a request from the folks at Holliday Never Touched the Plate. They are looking for “a copy of the play and replays from the original telecast”; if anyone here in San Diego can lend them a DVD, let me know and I’ll get y’all in touch with one another. (Also, remember that we’ve got gear for your Holliday needs.)