It’s the All-Star break and the Padres don’t play again until tomorrow, when they take on the New York Mets at Petco Park. Without baseball games to keep me focused, my thoughts are all over the place again. And you know what that means…..it’s time for To and Fro!
By: Lonnie Brownell
Corey Brock, esteemed Padres beat writer and epic beer maven has issued the official report on the new fences and their effect on home run production. After mine came out. Coincidence? Maybe. Anyway, Corey’s done the kind of thorough examination of the numbers that we expect from him.
Except his number of New Fence HRs (NFHRs) is different than mine.
By: Lonnie Brownell
The 2013 season is over for the Padres and Petco, even if some other teams insist on continuing in something they call “The Post Season”. Earlier in the year I wrote about the effects of the new fences vis a vis home run production up to that point. Now that it’s over, let’s take a look at the first full year of The Jack Deck Era.
It’s all about the win, of which the Padres got 76. According to my highly suspect “stat”, New Fence Wins (NFWs), wherein I subtract the runs driven in by each new fence home run (NFHR) and see if that would’ve changed the game outcome, the Padres would’ve won one less game this year if the old fences had been in place. So we can say the new fences have a lbWAR (lb — that’s me) of 1.0 for the Padres. Not earth shattering, but above replacement level. Way to go, new fences!
Did you notice all the baseballs flying out of Petco Park during the opening homestand? Except for the fact that most of them were hit against Padres pitchers, it was awesome.
It’s also unprecedented. Here’s how batters on both teams have fared during the first six games of each season so far at Petco Park: Read More…
Hey there, how are you? It’s been a while.
The last time I blogged about the Padres, Alberto González started at first base. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts that Friday evening in September 2011. Ted Lilly and the Dodgers blanked the home team in front of 32,658 fans who would have been disappointed if not for the fact that most were rooting for the squad from Los Angeles.
Jason Bartlett batted second. Orlando Hudson batted fifth. Wade LeBlanc started and took the loss despite fanning a career-high 10. In the seventh inning, LeBlanc surrendered a monstrous 428-foot homer to Matt Kemp. The ball went to right-center, where it will be easier to hit home runs this year thanks to the fences being moved in 11 feet. Read More…