I’ve run out of words to describe the ineptitude of the Padres offense. Well, words that I care to use in decent company.
Here’s how they fared while being swept at Petco Park by the Phillies:
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG 4 145 133 3 22 3 1 0 3 11 39 .165 .229 .203
Brad Hawpe? I can’t even pick on the guy anymore; it’s like making fun of someone with a speech impediment. He is hitting .098/.145/.118, has struck out in 40% of his plate appearances, and is testing the cliche that anyone with a bat in his hands is dangerous.
He makes me miss Jim Edmonds. Heck, he makes me miss Donaldo Mendez.
We made it to Saturday night’s offensive explosion. The Padres started strong, but after scoring a run in the first (and receiving a sarcastic standing ovation for not getting shut out like they had the previous two games), they put runners at second and third with one out and left them there.
Another USD alum, first base umpire Mike DiMuro, played a pivotal role in the outcome. In the sixth, with the Padres clinging to a 2-1 lead, DiMuro initially ruled that a ball hit by Philadelphia’s Pete Orr was foul but then reversed his decision, resulting in a double for Orr. He later scored the tying run on a Jimmy Rollins single… Then other stuff happened and the Phillies won.
To be perfectly clear, DiMuro had nothing to do with the Padres’ inability to hit. A call like that, whether right or wrong (couldn’t tell from my seat), shouldn’t make a difference when you’re getting the kind of pitching the Padres have been getting.
On Sunday, in what David Schoenfield rightly called a mismatch, the Padres scored a run against Roy Halladay in the ninth. As I wondered on Twitter, “Does Halladay get fined for allowing a run to the Padres?” It was mostly facetious, but a part of me thinks that maybe he should…
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- MLB Umpire Injured by Foul Ball Awarded $775K in Suit Against Wilson Sporting Goods Company (Box Score News). Speaking of the men in blue… [h/t BBTF]
- 525,600 Minutes: How Do You Measure a Player in a Year? (FanGraphs). An oldie but goodie…
- Lowest RBI per HR ratios in history (Baseball-Reference). Hey, I can see the holes in Ruben Rivera’s swing from here. Meanwhile, in this corner we have a Dan Walters reference.
- Amazing run-scoring leap may be baseball play of the year (Prep Rally). Isn’t this how Kendry Morales broke his leg? [h/t BBTF]
- Channel 4 ‘probably’ out of Padres’ TV picture (U-T). Good times… More here.
- An Alternative to Baseball’s 10-Team Playoff Plan (FanGraphs). Simple. Any team that doesn’t finish last in its division goes to the dance. What, you don’t like a 24-team playoff? Just make everything a best-of-47 series and eliminate spring training… everyone can play through the winter. The union will totally go for that.
- Baseball, Boyhood, and Bullpen Carts (Baseball Prospectus). Josh Wilker, of Cardboard Gods fame, makes a guest appearance.
- The Significance of Minor League K-Rates (Minor League Ball). From the article: “It appears as though the success rates for prospect development drop sharply when strikeout rates hit about 22%.” [h/t BBTF]
- Silver anniversary of one of baseball’s most incredible homers (4/25/11) (Hardball Times). Chris Jaffe reminds us of the time Craig Lefferts hit a walk-off homer.