There isn’t much bad to say about Tyson Ross’ 2014 season. He didn’t control the running game. Sure, but neither did Greg Maddux, and that worked out okay. He pitched better at home than on the road. Fine, but he didn’t build Petco Park. He faded toward the end. Okay, but he’d never been asked to work nearly that many innings in his life.

Ross was a stud last year, with few weaknesses, most of which are easily explained. One area where he struggled, which isn’t so easily explained, was in high-leverage situations (you might want to read this lengthy discussion on leverage before proceeding). Here, courtesy of Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, are his splits for 2014:

Leverage PA BA OBP SLG HR
High 132 .308 .339 .564 7
Medium 343 .205 .287 .275 3
Low 336 .226 .315 .286 3

Ross allowed more than half of his home runs in the most critical situations, despite those accounting for just 16 percent of his plate appearances. Batters went from slugging like Paul Janish in medium- and low-leverage situations to Miguel Cabrera in high-leverage situations.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an afternoon in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (51-60) defeated the Atlanta Braves (58-54) in ten innings by a score of 4-3 yesterday, thanks to a walk-off single by Everth Cabrera.  The Friars got out to an early lead with a RBI single from Tyson Ross in the second inning and a Cabrera sacrifice fly in the fourth.  Starting pitcher Ross shut the Braves out for six innings, but gave up two earned runs with none out in the seventh to tie up the game.

Tommy Medica hit a go-ahead solo home run to left field in the eighth inning off of Anthony Varvaro, but the Braves once again tied the game up at three after Joaquin Benoit blew the save in the ninth inning.

After a perfect 1-2-3 tenth inning from Tim Stauffer, Cabrera’s two-out single to right scored Alexi Amarista to win the game.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Minneapolis for a two-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field starting on Tuesday at 5:10 pm PDT.

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