I finally made it to a SABR convention, and was it ever worth the wait. This year’s convention took place in Long Beach, which meant that I could attend with relative ease (having to catch a plane is usually a deal-breaker for me, but a two-hour drive is no problem).
My latest at Baseball Prospectus (free!) focuses on the efforts of former Padres GM Kevin Towers on behalf of his new team. The Arizona Diamondbacks, much as his old team did in 2010, are surprising everyone this season with their strong play. Although much of the groundwork was laid by his predecessors, Towers has added [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) examines Matt Kemp’s dominance, Tim Lincecum’s slump, and other goings-on in the National League West. The Padres section, not surprisingly, focuses on Anthony Rizzo. It also touches on the question of what to do with Brad Hawpe, and when: The trouble with Hawpe (now back in right field thanks [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) examines Arizona’s stellar month, Colorado’s not-so-stellar month, and various other shenanigans (including one Dodgers fan who dropped his child while attempting to catch a foul ball… don’t worry; he also dropped the ball). The Padres went 14-14 in May, although it was a bipolar month for the offense: Dates [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) focuses on Arizona’s recent hot streak, the Padres’ recent (well, since April anyway) cold streak, the Rockies’ even colder streak, Kenley Jansen’s freakishly high ERA and strikeout rate, and Buster Posey’s season-ending ankle injury. From the article: Speaking of last year’s surprise team, the Padres appear to be on [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) examines the Cameron Maybin/Mike Cameron comparison (their age 24 campaigns are looking pretty similar so far), Troy Tulowitzki’s extended slump, Jamie McCourt’s bout with sanity, the Giants’ recent surge and ridiculous record in one-run games, and Sean Burroughs’ return to baseball as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
My latest at Baseball Prospectus (free!) touches on the Rockies’ disastrous end-game performance this year (they’ve been outscored, 17-1, in the ninth inning or later so far), Hong-Chih Kuo’s bout with anxiety disorder, and the rest of what’s happening in the National League West… including the sudden emergence of one Brad Hawpe.
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) touches on the Padres’ struggles at Petco Park (I’m working on a follow-up to yesterday’s piece), as well as Andre Ethier’s recent 30-game hitting streak, Kelly Johnson’s early season struggles in Arizona, and the efficiency of Rockies pitchers… Oh yeah, and a certain ex-Padre who has been even worse [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) examines the differences between the first month of this season and last in the NL West. For example, take Brad Hawpe, please: Year PA BA OBP SLG BB SO 2010 50 .357 .460 .714 8 8 2011 72 .149 .194 .194 4 23 Also, here’s something I threw in [...]
My latest at Baseball Prospectus ($) touches on the Dodgers ownership mess, Ryan Roberts’ hot start in Arizona, and a bevy of struggling left-handed hitters in the NL West (James Loney, Brandon Belt, Brad Hawpe, Ian Stewart). It also includes references to Greg Laswell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Makepeace Thackeray, Ayn Rand, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge… [...]