Wait, didn’t we already do a link post this week? Marketing spin: Two for the price of one. Yeah, that’s it…
- Padres build top bullpen through smart shopping (SI.com, via Brett in the comments). Tom Verducci has noticed what we’ve long known: that Kevin Towers has a gift for acquiring cheap arms. It’s weird that Verducci doesn’t dismiss the phenomenon as a function of Petco Park. Isn’t that pretty much a requirement these days?
- Speaking of potential cheap arms, here are a few minor-league free agents with interesting statistical profiles (don’t know anything about their repertoire, etc.): Lee Gronkiewicz, Dan Giese, Scott Patterson, Charlie Manning, Felix Romero, Travis Hughes. Maybe there’s nothing to these guys, but they sure did okay in the minors last year.
- Will frugal Padres shell out bucks? (San Diego Union-Tribune, via Steve C in the comments). Ah, the irony. Now that the Padres finally have payroll flexibility, the free-agent market stinks.
- Barry Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction charges (ESPN). Hey, here’s a guy who should come real cheap. Sigh. What a freakin’ moron. Not to get on a moral high horse, but it bothers me that the all-time leader in hits and the all-time leader in home runs are known cheaters. Baseball deserves better. Then again, everyone looked the other way when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were hitting all those homers in ’98, so maybe it doesn’t.
- Web based PITCHf/x tool (Hardball Times). In decidedly happier news, Josh Kalk has developed a tool that just rocks. Really, go play with it.
- Padres making pitch for Clement (MLB.com, via Anthony in the comments). Not a horrible back-end option. Just remember that this is not the Matt Clement we last saw in San Diego. The current version is 33 years old, hasn’t pitched since 2006, and hasn’t been good since 2004. Still, he’s better than Shawn Estes. Right?
- Padres talk extension with Peavy as Cy awaits (San Diego Union-Tribune, via Peter Friberg in the comments). I’ll believe it when I see it, but I sure hope the Padres and Jake Peavy are able to get something done.
Speaking of Peavy, didn’t he win an award or something?
- No doubt, it’s Peavy (San Diego Union-Tribune). My favorite part of Tom Krasovic’s article is a quote from Peavy: “You’ve got my word. I’m going to come back as hungry as ever and try to repeat this performance.” Really? You think? Because if there’s one thing that concerns me about Peavy, it’s his lack of intensity.
- Sun Rises in East; Peavy Wins Cy Young Award (Baseball Prospectus, via Richard in the comments). Joe Sheehan weighs in with his thoughts.
- Now, pay me (San Diego Union-Tribune). This article is mostly fluff but check out the photo of Randy Jones in full ‘fro. Sweet!
- San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy wins NL Cy Young Award in unanimous vote (Yahoo!). AP coverage.
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And I’ve been playing around with a Wiki site for Ducksnorts. Feel free to play around with it if you’re so inclined.
Why do we need all this stuff? Look, I don’t know; I just work here, okay? Hey, it might be fun…
Wednesday, November 14
- Surprise 6, Saguaros 5 (box | recap). Will Venable, batting eighth and starting in right field, singled and struck out in four at-bats.
- Estrellas 4, Escogido 2 (box). Vince Sinisi singled in four at-bats for Escogido. Incidentally, there’s a minor-league free agent pitcher on this team who fascinates me. His name is Warner Madrigal, and I know nothing about him beyond the fact that he’s a former outfielder who struck out more than 11 batters per 9 innings in his first full season as a pitcher. Granted, it was the Midwest League, but this caught my eye.
- Navojoa 6, Culiacan 2 (box). Oscar Robles singled, walked, and struck out in five trips to the plate. Luis Cruz started in center field and finished at third base, going 2-for-4 in the process.
- Obregon 4, Mazatlan 3 (box). Brian Myrow, batting cleanup, doubled and walked in four plate appearances.
Thursday, November 15
- Mesa 6, Saguaros 5 (box). Venable, batting sixth, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Nick Hundley and Matt Antonelli also went 0-for-3, with Antonelli drawing a walk. John Hudgins (2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) had another rough outing, although he threw a season-high 59 pitches. Will Startup worked a perfect eighth.
- Navojoa 6, Culiacan 5 (box). Robles went 0-for-3 with two walks. Cruz knocked three singles and a double in five trips to the plate.
Mazatlan 12, Obregon 0 (box). Myrow went 1-for-2 with three walks.
- Magallenes 9, Caracas 8 (box). Paul Abraham worked a perfect ninth in a losing cause. Ex-Padre Eric Cyr started for Caracas.
Yes? Yes? Yes, I do believe that covers it.