IGD: Padres @ Mets (7 Aug 08)

Padres @ Mets
9:10 a.m. PT
DIRECTV 722 (Mets feed)
AM 1090, FM 105.7, XM 187

Morning baseball. Huzzah.

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Meanwhile, my latest article is up at Hardball Times: Remembering the 1983 Lynchburg Mets. Relevance? Well, the Padres are playing the Mets. Also, a few of the guys on that team have San Diego ties: right-hander Calvin Schiraldi spent some time with the Friars, outfielder Darryl Denby attended Lincoln High, and first baseman Randy Milligan attended Mesa College.

So there.

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  1. What the heck was going on with the lineup debacle?
    I see no reason to not have Edgar at 2B. Anybody knows?

  2. #40@JMAR: 5 IP is certainly not what your looking for, but it sure seems like with modern bullpen usage a 6 inning starter is pretty much the norm once you’ve moved beyond your 1 and 2. Haven’t really looked at data, but that’s my off the cuff take. What do you think?

  3. #42@Didi: Did you see the 2nd pitch in the sequence that Joe Smith delivered to Kouz in that at bat. It was a foot and a half outside the strike zone and Kouz of course swung at it.

    Ted Williams once said “in every at bat you get one good pitch to swing at”. In Kouzmanoff’s mind, you get 4.

  4. Whoa, Scott Hairston is playing second base. And of course the first two balls are hit to him.

  5. Apparently Buddy can’t even fill out a lineup card for the umpire.:)

  6. #51@Didi: I speculated yesterday he’s been slumping and Iguchi could possibly, albeit remote, bring someone in trade. Combining those two leads me to conclude we’ll see more of Iguchi and less of Edgar for at least the rest of the month. My .02 anyway.

  7. #55@Surfin’ Bird: We have no idea what really happened yet.

  8. Re: 51
    Apparently Buddy and the rookie home plate umpire had a little miscommunication. Once the ump wrote down whatever he wrote down, he couldn’t change. It was writ in stone. So, Giles had to stay in, even though it appears he was traded to the Red Sox, and Corey remained in the pitcher’s spot.

    I think.

  9. Jody Gerrut is The MAN!!!

  10. #51@Didi: Oh, I didn’t realize what you were asking when I wrote my response in #56. Sounds like Surfin’ Bird has it answered in #58 though.

  11. We can’t forget that in that 8th inning in which the Padres wasted yet another scoring opportunity, Hairston (stationed on second base) slid into 3rd base on a Gonzalez base hit to left.

    Only 35 at bats or so, but anyone notice what Jody Gerut has done to left handers this year ? Somebody must have put something in Gerut’s cereal, the guy has been amazing in this series.

  12. 3 HRs in 3 games. 2 in the 9th inning. Gerut CRUSHED that one. We better resign this guy. he has been great on both sides of the ball all year.

  13. How many solo HRs has the Padres hit?
    It seems to be a bunch the last week or so.

    58: What? That just seems to be dumb on the umpire’s part. Why can’t he changed it after making a mistake?

  14. 61: Ah, I get it now. Still you made a good point about Iguchi.
    This 13 pitchers thing is really killing me…I just have to type that. GRRRRRRR….

  15. Re: 64
    The announcer on SNY compared it, albeit tongue in cheek, to an officer writing a speeding ticket. “You can’t stop the process.

    There must be something in the rule book that explains it better than I can.

  16. Ah, crap. Another lost this time the first base umpire got the wrong call.

    Still, if Kouz would just hit the ball to the OF or not do a Khalil. Frustrating.

  17. Bell’s ERA just keeps going up..

    I’ll say it again.. why do I watch this team that constantly stabs me in the heart?

  18. #54@Ben B.: Hairston played 2B??? Wow. It would be interesting to give him some time there. I’m sure we’d quickly understand why he was moved to the outfield. BUT, if he’s at least average, he’d more than offset that with his offense. Longshot, but at this point, why not?

    #52@Pat: 6 inning is the norm for starters these days but having two guys that can consistently pitch into the 7th and 8th is so important, especially when the bullpen sucks as bad as the Padres’ pen. And the Padres haven’t had two starters in the rotation capable of pitching into the 7th inning in years.

  19. aw yeah….I guess that’s old news. Not official yet……

  20. #70@JMAR: It’s intriguing is it not ? Hairston played 2b today for the same reason that Fernando Valenzuela once played RF , the Pads were forced to do so because they had no one else. Yet, if Hairston could somehow get the opportunity to play 2b again and do a decent job, then it could allow the Pads to get a much needed bat in the lineup on a more regular basis.

  21. #72@Oside Jon: I’m sure Giles will nop approve the move, he wouldn’t start in boston unless Ortiz is hurt.

  22. Giles for Lugo. Done and done.

  23. #75@Stephen: are you serious or just hoping it will heppen?

  24. #70@JMAR: Yeah, it would be great to have 2 guys like that, and a 3rd guy would be optimal. Jake is pretty good at it, but CY is not one of those guys although I like him quite a bit when he’s healthy.

  25. #76@Steve C:

    My worst fear.

  26. #75@Stephen: I’m sure the Padres are dying to get a shortstop with no power and a .945 fielding percentage and makes $8 million per year. At least Khalil can play defense and hit some HR’s, despite his inability to hit a breaking ball.

  27. #78@Stephen: LoL I was going to say Lugo + $27 mil maybe

  28. #74@Steve C: Well this might be letting the world know that Ortiz IS hurt, the Red Sox just haven’t revealed it yet.

    Regardless, I can’t see anything happening. The Red Sox have proved unwilling to part with any of their prospects, and I can’t see the Padres doing this for anything less than one or two pretty good prospects.

  29. #81@BigWorm: I think at this point the Pads are just looking to unload the 3 mil left on this years contract, the 3 mil option and hoping that they will be able to re-sign him next year for the remaing $6 mil that he would have got if they picked yp his option.

  30. its really not a bad move to save themselves 6 mil if they can talk giles into playing for boston for the next 2+ months.

  31. Why are there two posts saying Giles is gone?

    He is not and probably won’t be.

    It is not uncommon to put players through waivers with no intention of trading them. Right?

    The Red Sox did that with Manny a few years ago when he was still hitting like Manny.

  32. #84@Kevin:


    You are right.

    Mine was a joke, if that’s one of the two you were referring to.

  33. OG is not going anywhere. That’s just a move to block by the Red Sox.
    I don’t believe any deal is going to be done. Boston doesn’t strike me to need OG services.

  34. From Miller at CBS: a couple of sobering facts.

    • These 14 teams would be in first place this week if they played in the NL West: Philadelphia, Florida, the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Arizona (of course), Tampa Bay, Boston, the Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Angels and Texas.

    before Hairston SB:
    • Either the Padres are really, really slow, or Greg Maddux is an exceptional speedster: Over their past 38 games through midweek, San Diego had stolen only one base. And that was by Maddux.

  35. #88@Didi:

    Yeah, but it was from Miller. It’s for people who don’t think too hard.

  36. Oh, brother. Man, I used to look forward to Ringolsby’s columns as a kid. I think the LAT’s old San Diego edition ran them on Sundays. Or maybe the Blade Tribune did.

    HOFer Tracy Ringolsby wrote of Giles: He’s hit a lot of leadoff for Padres, but that’s a reach. He’s never stolen 15 bases in a season.

    Some commenter wrote: As a padres fan, i would love to see pierre take the place of giles in our lineup. it would be nice to see a guy who can steal a base for a change. giles was done when roid testing started.