Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an Independence Day at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (35-48) scored more runs than the Cleveland Indians (44-38) last night at Progressive Field, 1-0, in the first of three games.
Trevor Cahill (3-2, 2.96) returned from the disabled list and shutout the Indians for four and a third innings on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jose Torres, Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand, and Brandon Maurer combined to allow just one hit and one walk over the last four and two-thirds innings of the shutout.
Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.85) gave up one run on five hits and a walk with ten strikeouts over eight innings. Cory Spangenberg beat out a double play attempt, driving in Hector Sanchez in the fifth inning. Wil Myers struck out four times in four at-bats and Hunter Renfroe struck out three times in four at-bats.
Luis Perdomo (3-4, 4.71) starts this evening’s second game against Trevor Bauer (7-6, 5.24) beginning at 4:10pm PDT.
At the trade deadline in 2010, the Padres found themselves in an unexpected position: first place in the National League West, 60-42, 1.5 games up on the Giants and at least seven games up on the rest of the division. Take away the powerhouse AL East and the Padres had the best record in baseball, and it wasn’t all smoke and mirrors. San Diego’s plus-90 run differential was best in the NL, fourth-best in the majors.
That Padres team was coming off two straight losing seasons and featured a generally uninspiring roster. Sure, there was Adrian Gonzalez, a promising 22-year-old pitcher named Mat Latos, and the usual solid bullpen, but the outfield’s greatest asset might have been Chris Denorfia and a soft-tossing quartet of Clayton Richard, Jon Garland, Kevin Correia, and Wade LeBlanc flanked Latos in an all-around lackluster rotation. That the Padres were probably a year or two ahead of then-general manager Jed Hoyer’s five-year plan didn’t negate the reality of an upcoming late-season playoff charge.
On July 31st, Hoyer decided to pull off a Completely Obvious Trade, dealing minor league pitching depth in the form of Corey Kluber and Nick Greenwood to Cleveland and St. Louis, respectively, in exchange for Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick as part of a three-team deadline swap. Ludwick, in theory, would boost a Padres outfield group that had a propensity to hit like a glove-first shortstop. Kluber and Greenwood, in theory, would continue to toil in the minor leagues on their way to forgettable professional careers. Reality had different plans.
Back in February, in the inaugural month of Padres Public, my third post to the site since our launch was a comparison piece about the offseasons of the Padres and the Cleveland Indians called A Tale Of Two Offseasons. Being a Cleveland area resident, I noted the similarities in the franchises, from market size to revenue to the inability of sports teams to win championships for the two cities as a whole.
I then described the completely different paths the two baseball franchises had taken in preparing their teams for the 2013 season. The Padres had made a few minor moves, but nothing major, the biggest being the addition of Tyson Ross via trade from Oakland. The Indians had made so many moves that in the end I missed some of the more important ones in my post. Read More…