Five Facts: August 14, 2015

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:

Year PA BA OBP SLG HR BB K
2013 164 .268 .427 .567 10 36 36
2014 139 .286 .384 .597 11 19 42
2015 85 .177 .226 .266 2 5 28

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:

Dates IP H R ER HR BB K ERA
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:

W L RS RA
Shutouts 2 15 5 75
Other 52 46 447 436

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:

Player PA BA OBP SLG OPS+ HR
Solarte 634 .268 .328 .390 106 11
Headley 671 .268 .343 .390 107 15

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.

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