I was so busy researching stuff this week that I forgot to read things, so you’re getting facts today instead of links. It’s the same, only different.
Justin Upton Has Forgotten How to Hit Lefties
Upton is having a strange season. Beyond the fact that his home/road splits are all wrong (951 OPS, 15 homers at home; 626 OPS, five homers on the road), he’s getting destroyed by southpaws. This hasn’t happened to him in the past:
Small sample or not, those are numbers that would make Clint Barmes and Will Middlebrooks blush. Then again, the team as a whole isn’t hitting lefties, which makes earlier complaints about a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters seem quaint now.
Will Venable Ranks Among the All-Time Padres Greats
If you want to know about the Padres as a franchise, consider Venable’s place in team history. He appears in the top 10 in several offensive categories:
- Strikeouts, 3rd
- Triples, 3rd (tied)
- Games, 6th
- Stolen bases, 8th
- Hit by pitch, 9th
Yep, only five men have played more games in a Padres uniform. Venable needs just 25 more to pass Gene Richards.
Shawn Kelley and Craig Kimbrel Have Dominated Since Mid-May
Maybe you’ve forgotten how terrible Kelley and Kimbrel were earlier this year. If we arbitrarily restart their seasons after May 15, here’s what it looks like:
|Apr 6 – May 15||22.1||28||19||18||5||10||28||7.25|
|May 16 – Aug 12||63.1||37||9||8||3||15||78||1.14|
That’s awesome. It would be more awesome on a contending team, but you can’t have everything.
The Padres Are Terrible in Shutouts
The Padres have been blanked 15 times in 2015. They’ve blanked the opposition twice. Here’s a not-so-fun way to look at this:
When both teams score at least one run, the Padres do okay. Hooray for okay.
Yangervis Solarte Does a Mean Chase Headley Impression
On offense it’s hard to tell the difference between Solarte and Headley. Since being traded for each other in July 2014, their lines are eerily similar:
Defensive metrics favor Headley, as do paychecks, but otherwise they’re pretty darned close.
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Those are your five facts. Enjoy, and use them well.