Sorry to mess with your WPA+ and Rtot ratings, and whatever else you hold dear to your little sabermetric hearts this week, but the
That's right, the hard-to-watch Padres, the almost forgotten team from way down Southern California.
Then on Monday they signed right-hander
Like the Dodgers the past two years? You should love the new Padres. Hit for power, don't worry too much about playing to their ballpark, don't exactly overthink the defense and catchers' framing.
Compared to what's been going on with the Boys in Blue under their new front office, the Padres have almost become the anti-Dodgers. Or at least the old Dodgers. Maybe we could just trade the Geek Squad for new Padres General Manager A.J. Preller and have him bring back Logan White. Party hats all around!
The astonishingly aggressive Padres signed Shields for four years and $75 million. Not bad for a workhorse, even if he’s 33. Their rotation now looks like this: Shields,
Their projected daily lineup: Yangervis Solarte (3B),
Oh, yeah, and the only starter who’s 30 years old is Kemp, my favorite player on your new favorite team. They can rake, they can pitch and
What in the name of the Swinging Friar is going on down there?
Rest assured, adding Myers, Kemp and Upton to the middle of the lineup had already stirred a somewhat laconic fan base. Now they’ve added Shields to the rotation and they’re starting to think the unthinkable: The new Padres can overcome the World Series champion
That would be a crazy turnaround for a team that was last in runs scored and finished 17 games back of the Dodgers last season, but you know me, I love the numbers.
Spring is for believing, and they’re believing and excited in San Diego. Meanwhile, the Dodgers' big off-season moves were to add 36-year-old