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Thursday, September 29, 2005

2005 NL West Champs

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It was never really in doubt, but it's still nice to have officially clinched. If nothing else, I probably won't have to read any more Padre fans saying things like this:
you think trading nevin for park is going to take the padres to the playoffs this year?

I certainly dont, in fact I feel this trade has sealed a non playoff spot for this team this year.

Posted by hank at July 30, 2005 09:27 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ramon's Slam Reduces Magic Number to 2

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The positives from last night's game have no doubt been covered to death. There are, however, a couple of negatives. Adam Eaton looked much like he has for the majority of the season. People are now calling for Hernandez to be re-signed.

I'll have more on both by tomorrow.

Non-Baseball Related

Kelly McBride, a teacher of ethics at the Poynter Institute, said:
You get so hung up as a reporter on what the big picture is that you use generalizations that become untrue.
That's a tremendous statement. Let's see if I understand... Reporters are easily overwhelmed by news and are inclined to make things up that only become untrue later. How did she get hired?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Some Thoughts

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  • Last night's loss was utter crap.
  • Jake had thrown a lot of pitches, but I was upset when he was removed. We're talking over a week before his next start if we had won last night.
  • Trevor Hoffman should not be our pitcher of choice in a high leverage situation.
  • Also worth pointing out is that Dave Roberts would not have had a better shot at catching the ball Giles dropped. Roberts has been atrocious in the field. He's been pretty good at the plate, but if this were the AL, you'd have to consider using him at DH because he's been just that good defensively.
  • Back to Trevor not being our high leverage reliever: he's not our best reliever and that should be a good enough reason. Our best pitchers (by DERA) are (in order) Linebrink, Hensley, Seanez, Peavy, Astacio, Breslow, Hoffman, Hammond and Otsuka (list ends because those are our "above team average pitchers").
  • Yes, I really would have preferred seeing Hensley in the ninth over Hoffman.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Future Friar Statistical Standouts

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

That Didn't Go So Well

After tonight's 20-1 drubbing at the hands of the Rockies, a bit of perspective is required.

Granted, this debacle ensures that our Padres will finish with a sub-.500 Pythagorean record. It does little to impact the real-life standings, however.

The standings that determine who keeps playing in October.

Enjoy the team's continued march toward the fourth NL West title in franchise history.

And be thankful that there will be no postseason games at Coors Field.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Magic Number Dwindling...

With the Giants' defeat at the hands of the Cubs, our Padres' magic number has shriveled to a mere 15.

Regardless of assertions that the NL West is "the worst division ever," we are surging toward only the fifth postseason appearance in franchise history. And I'm ecstatic about that.

I've suffered the Enzo Hernandez's, Billy Almon's, and the the managerial cluelessness of John MacNamera. I've seen the team sign the likes of John Curtis and Rick Wise to lucrative free agent pacts in the futile hope that a difference might be made.

After all that, and then some, I'm grateful to be above .500, and forever grateful to have our sights set on a division crown.

I'm also grateful that many of my New Orleans friends will apparently return home soon with their houses largely intact. One particularly special pal, Linnzi Zaorski, has likely lost everything, but she is now headed to SoCal to resume her budding music career. I look forward to greeting her at my doorstep.

Please continue to help the victims of Katrina as much as you're able, and continue to enjoy the Padres' fifth(Ed. note: Of course the Padres have been to the postseason a mere three times, making this their FOURTH trip to the playoffs. I am stupid.) trip to the playoffs.

If memories of the '84 and '98 postseasons serve, the playoffs can be full of joyous surprises.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

20 / 15

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I just got laser eye surgery done last night and I'm now glasses-free. Woo!