What am I doing here on a Saturday? Pennant fever, baby.
It’s like 2007 all over again, but without all the stress. If the Padres win, great; if not, it’ll be disappointing but not devastating. They were supposed to suck this year, so it’s all bonus time. At best, the Padres embarrass a lot of experts and teams with much greater resources; at worst, they scare the bejeezus out of everyone. I’m good either way.
A few quick thoughts on Friday night’s 4-3 victory over the Reds:
- I didn’t get home in time to see Chris Young pitch, but five innings out of him is huge. I’m surprised (and thrilled) he’s contributing to the cause.
- Ryan Webb is really something. Upper-90s with that kind of movement? Not fair. He gave up two unearned runs thanks to two ground ball singles and the worst defensive play you will ever see Adrian Gonzalez make, but what an arm. He’s like some freakish love child of Kevin Brown and Cla Meredith. Sorry for the image, but that’s the best way I can think to describe Webb.
- Got my first look at Cincinnati rookie left-hander Aroldis Chapman. According to Channel 4SD, Chapman threw 25 pitches, all fastballs in the 100-105 mph range. Uh, what? I shudder to think what might happen if he ever learns a second pitch.
- Ryan Ludwick almost took Chapman yard… hit one to the warning track in dead center. I don’t get fooled often at Petco, but I thought Ludwick had it.
- Miguel Tejada continues to amaze. He came up with two huge hits, including the game winner, a bases-loaded single on a 3-2 count with two out in the seventh that plated two. Tejada’s reaction after the hit was a thing of beauty. I don’t know that I’ve seen that kind of fire from a Padres player since Milton Bradley left town. Fun stuff.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the relevant universe…
Results, Odds, Matchups
- Was 8, Atl 3 – Tim Hudson picked a great time to have arguably his worst start of the year. He’s got a 6.10 ERA in September. You think Mat Latos is gassed? Hudson worked 42 1/3 innings in 2009; he’s at 215 2/3 now this year.
- SF 2, Col 1 – The Rockies are terrible on the road; if they can’t win at home, they have no chance.
Here are the current playoff odds:
Here’s a look at movement over the course of the past several days:
BPro 9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 SF 58.0 49.3 63.6 76.0 SD 49.0 68.0 56.7 66.8 Atl 78.2 73.0 74.8 55.7 Col 14.9 9.7 4.9 1.4 Cool 9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 SF 57.4 56.3 70.0 79.2 Atl 78.7 74.9 77.4 60.1 SD 44.6 61.9 49.2 59.6 Col 10.0 6.8 3.4 1.1
Unless you’re a fan of the Braves or Rockies, things are looking pretty good right about now.
And finally, Saturday’s matchups:
- Atl @ Was, Derek Lowe vs Yunesky Maya, 10:05 a.m. PT
- Cin @ SD, Travis Wood vs Jon Garland, 1:10 p.m. PT
- SF @ Col, Barry Zito vs Jason Hammel, 5:10 p.m. PT
Go Padres, go Nationals, go Rockies!