As weekend plans go, I can think of better ones than getting swept at home by the Phillies. One that immediately leaps to mind is not getting swept at home by the Phillies.
I wish they hadn’t gotten so thoroughly trounced by the Astros before coming to San Diego. I can live with an opponent having talent or motivation, but both is too much.
On the bright side, the Padres lost only one game in the standings thanks to the Giants dropping two out of three at home to Arizona. More troublesome is the fact that the Rockies, as they will do, are still lingering.
Sure, they’re eight games back with 32 to go, but as we learned in 2007, they don’t need much room to operate. The Rockies were 6 1/2 back with 13 to go that year and it didn’t present a problem for them.
This is a different team, of course, and a different year. Still, with Carlos Gonzalez hitting everything in sight, Troy Tulowitzki healthy, and even old guys like Todd Helton and Melvin Mora making contributions, the Rockies concern me. But I remind myself that they are 19-22 since the All-Star break and it helps… until I remind myself that past performance is no guarantee of future results.
I’m not comfortable with these other teams lingering. They should go away already.
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On another note, how are the Padres winning despite getting nothing from their leadoff hitters this year? They rank dead last in MLB in OPS out of the #1 spot and are hitting .220/.295/.293. That’s like a whole lot of… well, there aren’t any contemporary names. I guess Roger Metzger would be the closest fit, although he’s been retired for 30 years.
Rabbit Warstler? Okay, the Padres are getting Rabbit-like production out of the leadoff spot. I wouldn’t mind rabbit-like production, but Rabbit-like production isn’t working for me.
The Padres had this problem last year as well. Their leadoff hitters hit .238/.318/.357 in 2009, worse than every other team in MLB except the Cincinnati Reds. The last time the Padres got good production out of the #1 spot was 2008, when they hit .290/.358/.499. That team lost 99 games, so who knows?
Here are the five worst performances (by OPS) from the leadoff spot since 2000:
Year Team OPS W-L 2001 Bal 587 63-98 2002 KC 588 62-100 2001 Pit 606 62-100 2003 Det 607 43-119 2001 KC 613 65-97 2008 Oak 613 75-86
I don’t know about you, but that’s not the most inspiring table I’ve seen this morning.
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My comments for this week’s ESPN Power Rankings may shock and amaze you: “Chris Denorfia is hitting .315/.389/.604 and has as many home runs (seven) as Matt Holliday and Alex Rodriguez since the All-Star break.” They shocked and amazed me, but I probably have lower standards than you.
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Well, that wasn’t much of a pick-me-up. I should have bought flowers, eh?