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It’s all about expectations. If you’d told me before the season that the Padres would have 76 wins on September 1, I’d have been thrilled. If you’d told me the same on August 25, when they won their 76th game, not so much. Bad time for a six-game losing streak. Then again, is there ever [...]

Tuesday Links (31 Aug 10)

So, yeah… Keeping Score: The Number Beyond M.V.P. Numbers (New York Times). Sean Forman likes Adrian Gonzalez in the National League. Stephen Strasburg Has ‘Significant Tear’ in Elbow Ligament, Will Need Surgery (FanHouse). Human body 1, Rob Dibble 0. Here’s hoping Strasburg can make a full recovery (history would seem to be on his side) [...]

Tuesday Links (24 Aug 10)

Yadda, yadda, yadda… Community College Baseball Player Has The Heart Of A Champion (BBTF). I really thought this was a joke, but nope… he exists. Aggregate Defensive Evaluations – 2009 LF (FanGraphs). Several methods agree: Chase Headley was not a good left fielder. PGE Park, and the Portland Beavers – I hardly knew you, but [...]

Me, Elsewhere: Dog Days and Showcases

I’ve got a couple items to share with the class today. One benefit of Ducksnorts’ inclusion in the SweetSpot network is that occasionally I am asked to contribute content to ESPN. Currently they are running a series called “The Dog Days of August” that examines “various teams in the hunt for a playoff spot to [...]

Friday Links (13 Aug 10)

It’s the most wonderful time of the week… Fangraphs Live: The Numbers Puppets Take Manhattan (OCD Chick). While SABR40 was going on in Atlanta, FanGraphs Live took place in another part of the east coast. Amanda Rykoff offers a nice recap of the proceedings. [h/t Hardball Times] Why Latos is good (it’s not just his [...]

Tuesday Links (10 Aug 10)

Snappy intro? We don’t need no stinkin’ snappy intro… A pennant race crystal ball (Yahoo!). Tim Brown likes the Padres’ chances: “The starting rotation is good, the back end of the bullpen is great, and the offense has shown some life in July and August.” Moneyball Before Moneyball Was Cool (Payoff Pitch). Gene Tenace and [...]

What Happened in Phoenix, Stays in Phoenix

Dropping two out of three to the Diamondbacks in Arizona over the weekend wasn’t part of the plan. On the bright side, the Giants did the same in Atlanta (and but for the left side of the Braves infield forgetting how to play defense in the ninth inning on Friday, the Giants would have been [...]

Really, Aren’t They All Statement Games?

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 [...]

Friday Links (30 Jul 10)

Before we get to the links, I should say a couple things. First, I’ve been informed by more than one person that hating on David Eckstein haters is about as novel and interesting as hating on Eckstein himself. So I won’t do it anymore, at least not out loud. I will find original ways to [...]

Once Upon My Mind: Fire Sales and Other Things That Didn’t Quite Happen

No time for original content, so grab a companion and hop in the Tardis as we travel back through time… Did Somebody Report a Fire Sale? (July 25, 1999) The bottom line is this: The 1999 Padres aren’t as good as the 1998 club (which was better than it “should” have been), but it’s doubtful [...]