I’ve been noticing some new names in the comments, which is fantastic. Glad you found us, and welcome. Today’s mailbag features questions from two first-time commenters. First up, Elliott P. writes: I would love it if you could shed some light on Adrian’s seeming lack of production. It seems as though his power, RBIs and [...]
Jonathan Sanchez: “San Diego has been winning series all year. But we’re going to play San Diego now, and we’re going to beat them three times.” San Diego Padres: “No. No, you’re not.” As conversations go, this had all the subtlety of a spatula to the forehead. Still, there is something to be said for [...]
That was a fun way to start the four-game series in LA. If I believed in statement games, I might be tempted to call this one. But I don’t, so I won’t. Each individual game is more like a word. The statement doesn’t reveal itself until after the season is over and you know what [...]
Too bad nothing happened over the weekend, eh? This time of the year is so boring. Well, except for the Padres acquiring Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick for three minor-league pitchers of minimal concern… and playing meaningful games against the Marlins in front of packed houses at Petco Park. Funny, I don’t remember any of [...]
Yesterday I joked about traveling through time. Today I’m wishing it were no joke, as the Padres have acquired third baseman Miguel Tejada and cash from the Baltimore Orioles for right-hander Wynn Pelzer. What? No Adrian Gonzalez to Boston for some wicked good chowdah? Eh, maybe another year. I’ve pointed out that Tejada, once a [...]
The weekend sweep in Pittsburgh sure was nice. On the heels of a series loss in Atlanta, and with the Giants kicking around the Arizona Rollovers, the Padres needed those wins. Mat Latos, fully recovered from his sneeze, worked six strong innings in Saturday’s 9-2 victory. His fastball came in at its usual 92-95 mph, [...]
Just some stuff that’s been on my mind of late… stats are through July 22. Nick Hundley, Ron Karkovice, Jason LaRue, Mike Macfarlane In the Ducksnorts 2009 Baseball Annual, I compared Hundley to a couple of defense-first, swing-for-the-fences catchers. In the interest of accountability, I thought I’d see how these guys stack up at the [...]
As you probably know, Padres skipper Bud Black has had his contract extended through 2013, with club options for 2014 and 2015. I should say a few words about that. Okay: I like it. Hmmm, maybe that was too few words. Let me elaborate.