IGD: Padres @ Indians (13 Jun 08)

Padres (30-38) vs Indians (31-36)
Josh Banks vs Jeremy Sowers
4:05 p.m. PT
Channel 4SD
AM 1090, FM 105.7, XM 178

Hello, Cleveland!

Talk about two teams that aren’t where they expected to be come mid-June… The Indians are without several key players, including Fausto Carmona, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, and Jake Westbrook. Former Padres second baseman Josh Barfield, who hasn’t been a factor in three games for Cleveland this year, also is on the DL courtesy of a left middle finger sprain.

Jody Gerut returns to the site of his greatest big-league success. He hit .279/.336/.494 for the Tribe as a rookie back in 2003. Gerut and injured Padres catcher Josh Bard were traded by the Rockies to Cleveland for Jacob Cruz in June 2001.

Jacob Cruz? Sometimes the best trades really are the ones you don’t make. Go Padres!

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66 Responses »

  1. Not sure that you want to throw a meatball right down the middle to a left-handed batter when the wind is howling out to right….

  2. They may be lucky to get this game in tonight with the weather threatening.

  3. Darn weather in non-San Diego stinks.

  4. How long are the projecting the delay to be?

  5. While we have the time, here’s some notes on some of the Padres (and others) draft picks.

    Baseball America named Padres 3rd round draft pick Sawyer Carroll First Team All-American. Here’s his note: Carroll made a smooth transition from first base to the outfield and led the SEC in batting, while also ranking in the nation’s top five in RBIs, slugging and total bases.

    3rd round pick Blake Tekotte of Miami was 2nd Team All-American and 4th round pick Jason Kipnis of Arizona State was 3rd Team. 2006 unsigned draft pick Grant Green of USC was also 3rd Team.

  6. And more from baseballanalysts.com with college splits (FRI is splits on Friday night when teams usually face the oppositions best starter):

    Allan Dykstra | 1B | Wake Forest | San Diego Padres | #23

    TOT .323 .519 .645
    RHP .310 .515 .578
    LHP .343 .526 .757
    HOME .359 .541 .769
    ROAD .310 .496 .575
    FRI .182 .413 .364

    Excluding Brett Wallace from the mix, the Padres made Allan Dykstra the fifth first baseman selected in last week’s draft. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound lefthanded hitter combines raw power with the ability to take a walk. He slugged 16 HR and ranked second in the country with 62 BB in only 56 games. Dykstra struggled on Friday nights (although in a much smaller sample size than normal), going 6-for-33 with 2 HR. He was named as an All-Star in the Cape Cod League last summer, hitting .308/.444/.481 while ranking third in OBP. Dykstra was a teammate at Wake Forest with second baseman Matt Antonelli, who was SD’s first-round pick (17th overall) in 2006.

    Logan Forsythe | 3B | Arkansas | San Diego Padres | #46

    TOT .353 .479 .533
    RHP .374 .509 .504
    LHP .305 .394 .593
    HOME .350 .442 .530
    ROAD .356 .515 .548
    FRI .432 .561 .750

    Drafted by the Padres, Logan Forsythe was the last player selected in the supplemental round. A third baseman, he can also help out at second, short, and outfield if need be. Forsythe played for Team USA last summer on a broken foot and hit .309/.463/.404, ranking second in walks and striking out fewer times than any other starter. He underwent surgery in November, then suffered a hamstring pull in the spring, and the injury affected his stroke during non-conference play, leading to a 12-for-49 mark with 2 XBH, 0 HR, 6 BB, and 11 SO on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Forsythe has signed with San Diego.