Stupid Padre Tricks: Edward Mujica Is Tateriffic, but He’s No Josh Geer

Edward Mujica is good at giving up homers. In honor of his latest, a walkoff job to the Mets’ Ike Davis on Tuesday that knocked the Padres out of first place in the National League West for the first time since — wait for it — April 19, here are the 10 most homerlicious Padres pitchers ever (minimum 100 IP):

Player              Years    IP HR/9 ERA+
Josh Geer       2008-2009 129.2 2.01  71
Stan Spencer    1998-2000 118.2 1.74  76
Brian Meadows        2000 124.2 1.73  80
Bobby Jones     2001-2002 303.0 1.69  75
Ismael Valdez        2004 114.0 1.66  71
Edward Mujica   2009-2010 122.2 1.61  97
Kevin Jarvis    2001-2003 320.1 1.60  79
Oliver Perez    2002-2003 193.2 1.53  86
Carlos Almanzar 1999-2000 107.0 1.51  78
Josh Banks      2008-2009 108.0 1.50  72

Mujica’s got the best ERA+ of the group, so there’s that. And he still shouldn’t be allowed to pitch away from Petco Park:

      G  PA   BA  OBP  SLG PA/HR
Home 49 277 .237 .272 .366  39.6
Road 41 225 .285 .311 .556  15.0

That’s basically the difference between John Shelby and Sammy Sosa… sort of, but not really (Sosa had a better OBP, but you get the idea).

So… anyone know some good jokes?

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7 Responses »

  1. Interesting that these are all gopher givers are of recent vintage (post 1998). Those are, of course, the home run years in baseball, but many of these guys pitched in the Petco era.

  2. Isn’t Geer still in our system? Any chance he’ll come back up?

  3. A guy walks into a bar and asks for ten shots of the finest single malt scotch. The bartender sets him up with ten shot glasses in a line on the bar, and pours. The guy takes the first shot in the row and pours it on the floor. He then takes the last one and does the same. The bartender asks him, “Why did you do that?” And the guy replies, “Well the first shot always tastes like crap, and the last one always makes me sick!”

  4. I proclaim it to be “pile on Josh Geer night” … he’s given up 10 HRs this season in 61 AAA IPs …

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=446207

    … but he’s 1-6 with a 6.57 ERA … so it’s not all about the HRs, I s’pose.

  5. What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
    “Make me one with everything.”

  6. @Digestive tee-hee: 1) Yes. 2) I hope not.

    @Didi: Nice.

    @LynchMob: I love that joke.

  7. Hey, at least Josh Geer doesn’t give up many walks. I see him as a Jon Garland type – he pitches to contact. He just hasn’t gotten the hang of it yet. Maybe he should pitch more slowly?