IGD: Padres @ Mariners (18 May 08)

Padres (16-28) @ Mariners (17-27)
Shawn Estes vs Felix Hernandez
1:10 p.m. PT
Channel 4SD
AM 1090, FM 105.7, XM 181

Seven useless facts about Estes:

  1. His first name is Aaron.
  2. He shares a birthday with Jerry Morales, a member of the 1969 Padres.
  3. The Mariners selected him with the 11th pick overall in 1991, three picks after the Padres took Joey Hamilton and two before the Cleveland Indians nabbed Manny Ramirez.
  4. Deion Sanders was the center fielder behind him in his first big-league start.
  5. He wore #36 on first arriving in the big leagues, but soon switched to #55, which he has donned since 1996.
  6. He once was traded for ex-Padre Desi Relaford.
  7. He later was traded for ex-Padre Brady Clark.

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76 Responses »

  1. It’s annoying to lose a game where you outplay the other team.

  2. I’m pretty sure that I could strike out KG. I couldn’t strike out Barrett in highschool in about 15-20 at bats, but he didn’t have such a clear problem with low and outside sliders. Geesh.

  3. I’ve had enough of the P-Mac/Huber experiment. I don’t care if Headley is ready, something has to be done to help our LF situation. We run one inept guy after the other out there every night. I say give Ambres a shot just to see someone different out there.

  4. #53@Masticore317: Chase is tearing it up in AAA, and they don’t seem to want him around. Maybe they should trade Chase to a team that isn’t so stacked with hitters.

  5. #53@Masticore317:


    One of the 3 best major league hitters in history is currently unemployed, and he happens to be a LF.

    I wouldn’t promote Chase now, either. The focus should be on being better next year. Another 100 at-bats in Triple A can only help.

  6. Not a completely wasted day thanks to Masticore and Shawn(T Ball) Estes.

  7. #53@Masticore317: PMAC & Huber > painful to watch I know. But remember and also keep repeating to yourself as we hit the long, hot summer and they continue to flail…”but their minor league stats were good so you never know ,but their minor league stats were good so you never know,but their minor league stats were good so you never know, but their minor league stats were good so you never know…..

  8. #55@Tom Waits: All three of the three best hitters ever are unemployed.

  9. #57@JP: McAnulty has struggled recently, but he’s still outhitting Hairston, Bard, Kouzmanoff, Green, Clark, Wonder Boy Luke Carlin, and is virtually tied with Iguchi. But yeah, he’s the big problem.

  10. #58@Kevin: Yeah, but one’s dead and one is 74 years old. There’s a live one who could have added a 450 OBP and tons of power to this lineup.

  11. #57@JP: On further thought, the other two are both dead, Ruth and Williams. Aaron was my initial #2, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Hank.

  12. #59@Tom Waits: PMac can only win your ball club games if he hits because he offers no value defensively or on the basepaths. To base his value solely on his “OPS” in an abysmal lineup hardly tells the whole picture.

  13. #60@Tom Waits: He who walks behind the rows, is not going to play for the Padres and in all likelyhood anyone else. I am assuming there is a reason, that no one in baseball wants him their clubhouse.

  14. Farm Report Preview …

    – Chase with HR #7

    – Cedric with HR #1 … http://tinyurl.com/4xj2on

  15. Just postulating – the Padres have had about 10 losses in games where if they had any offense at all they could have won half of them. They lead the majors in quality starts yet they are on pace to lose 100 games. This makes no sense.

  16. 6 of the 9 starts from the dreaded 5th spot in the rotation have been decent to good.

  17. #64@LynchMob: Even Luis Durango gets HR #1 today …


    Starting pitcher for Ft Wayne today was Mat Latos … who gave up 3 HR in 5.2 IP (5 Ks, 0 BBs) …

  18. I’m liking Lemond Pope’s blog entries in the Ft Wayne Journal Gazette …


    … short and to the point … good points.

  19. #62@JP: Defense and speed matter, but not enough to close the gap between McAnulty and most of the players I listed. And it’s not like Headley is going to play great LF defense or motor around the bases. Most LF aren’t good defensively, that’s why they’re out there. What’s the harm in McAnulty getting a solid month of at-bats to see what happens?

    #63@Field39: Sure there are reasons that Bonds doesn’t have a job. And I really doubt the Padres would benefit from it now, when they’ve already dug such a hole. But if Bonds had been plugged into LF on Opening Day, we’d have scored A LOT more runs.

  20. #69@Tom Waits: There’s no harm. Another month or two to find out. I have my doubts but it wouldn’t hurt to see him get another 50-100 at bats, but the same goes for a lot of guys in the system. I think that your comparison (PMAC) to Bubba Trammell was a good one and Bubba in his first 200 at bats in the majors (at the same age as PMAC) looked about the same. At the end, Bubba Trammell had three worthy years in the majors.

  21. Oh cmon we lost 2 of 3 to the Mariners????

    That’s all……

    Tomorrow is a new day.

    More of the same?

  22. Oh yeah….just checked. Previous post….take back….sorry for clogging the blog with old news.

  23. Another tough game to swallow…I hope they win 2 of 3 at home vs the Cards.

  24. Boy, we’re looking for any change to improve our luck:

    Manager Bud Black believes the Padres will regain some momentum by playing 20 of their next 23 games at home after playing 16 of 19 on the road.


    First, it was the upcoming road trip. Then, it was May. Now it’s the homestand. Next it will be June, then July, then 2009.

    If the Diamondbacks play .500 ball the rest of the season, we’ll need to go 71-48 (.607) just to tie them. Remember we’re playing .356 so far.

    On the bright side, we have at least 53 meaningful games left.

    As much as I’d like to “keep the faith”, this is not the 1996 Padres that deserved some support after a brutal June (in part, due to the loss of Joyner for five weeks).

    This isn’t even the 1989 version that nearly caught the Giants after being 12 games down in late July.

    (Yes, I voted for “quitting” in that I’m admitting that we won’t make the post season this year.)

  25. I just realized that if the Padres win the next 13 games, we’ll be a .500 team.
    Wow. OK, I think that should be a goal – a .500 team by end of June.