Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an ’80s hair band led by a former KISS guitarist named, as fate would have it, Vinnie Vincent. I’ve mentioned this before, but I once saw them open for Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena. Pink amplifiers everywhere.

I’m still traumatized, thanks for asking.

Nick Vincent, on the other hand, is a reliever for the Padres. He traumatizes right-handed batters.

We’ll save the how and why for some other day. For now, let’s all revel in the glory that is Vincent. Here are pitchers with the lowest opponent OPS by right-handed hitters over 2013-2014, minimum 200 plate appearances (thanks, as always, to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index):

Player PA BA OBP SLG BB K
Craig Kimbrel 237 .125 .226 .188 24 87
Nick Vincent 231 .162 .199 .227 8 78
Greg Holland 217 .164 .218 .224 14 95
Jeurys Familia 203 .155 .251 .207 22 60
José Fernández 419 .163 .212 .258 22 135

First off, Fernández is a freak, or at least was before his injury. For baseball’s sake, here’s hoping he gets well soon.

Second, Vincent is sandwiched between two elite closers. It sort of makes you wonder if he might also be closer material. I mean, really, what’s the difference between Kimbrel, Vincent, and Holland?

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It’s July 1st and the Padres are potentially buyers as we move towards the July 31st trade deadline. It’s a minor surprise, at least, and once again, after failing to do so in the offseason, the Padres are looking to upgrade their pitching staff. Lead owner Ron Fowler said so himself, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin.

Why does Fowler keep talking before acting when he so famously said the ownership group would “under promise and over deliver”? Why is he giving interviews to the LA Times in the first place? Shouldn’t he take a cue from Tom Garfinkel and stop talking for awhile? I’m not going to pick apart the Shaikin article. I’m much more interested in potential trade deadline moves the Padres could make in the next 30 days. Read More…