While we wait for actual games to resume, here are some links you might enjoy…
- Evaluating catchers: Framing pitches – part 3 (Hardball Times). More fascinating stuff from Max Marchi…
- The Real Realignment Solution (Baseball Prospectus). Kevin Baker takes a stab. He isn’t the only one.
- Trade market snapshot (Inside the Padres). Tom Krasovic notes that this year’s market is a bit slow, which is unfortunate for the Padres.
- What made Dick Williams great (Hardball Times). Bruce Markusen remembers the former Padres manager. Christina Kahrl does the same. So does Chris Jaffe.
- SD-LA: “There goes the no-hitter, the shutout, and the ballgame” (Baseball-Reference). John Autin examines last week’s debacle (well, one of them anyway) at Chavez Ravine.
- Darnell’s turn as DH in Futures a step to bigs (Padres.com). Sweet, I can’t wait until our “DH” arrives in San Diego.
- Rizzo’s struggles haven’t hurt his confidence (NC Times). Quoth Anthony Rizzo: “When I get going, it’s going to be scary.” Quoth me: “Everyone relax, the kid will be just fine.”
- FanGraphs Power Rankings – 7/11/11 (FanGraphs). I never tire of seeing how valuable Cameron Maybin has been this season relative to the fungible flingers he fetched from Florida. [h/t reader Didi]
- Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1 (Baseball Prospectus). Case in point, if Maybin continues on his current pace, he will have a career total of 5.6 WARP by year’s end. From the article:
…of the 17 outfielders selected to this year’s All-Star game, only five — Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Carlos Beltran, and Ryan Braun — had more than five WARP before the end of their age-24 seasons.
I’m good with that.
- Padres Broken At The Break (619 Sports). Unfortunately, the rest of the team stinks.
- Adrian Gonzalez from rags to riches (Gaslamp Ball). The Red Sox are so far removed from my experience that I sometimes forget Adrian still plays baseball.
- NY Yankees America’s Favorite Baseball Team for Ninth Year in a Row (Sacramento Bee). Harris Interactive has been running this poll every year since 1999, when the Padres reached an all-time high of 17th on the heels of a friggin’ World Series appearance. It’s good to have one’s general feeling of disenfranchisement validated by some poll. [h/t Gaslamp Ball]
- Ducks On The Pond (Joe Blogs). Joe Posnanski notes of the Padres that “in general this is a pretty depressing offense to watch play.” We all look up, nod our heads, then return to knitting.