Last night, Andrew Cashner pitched a complete game, 9-inning shutout while facing the minimum 27 batters. Cashner is the first pitcher in Padres history to complete the feat, which immediately put Padres fans and media on notice. Was this the greatest start in Padres history? That’s a question surely to get a lot of subjective response, but there is a statistical measure that can also help guide us. We’re going to take a look at the numbers, throw in some subjective analysis, and take a get a glimpse into the greatest starts in Padres history.
The Edinson Volquez era finally ended on Tuesday, when the Padres released the erratic right-hander three days after designating him for assignment. A lot went wrong during his nearly two seasons in San Diego after coming over from the Reds as part of the package for Mat Latos. Pitching coach Darren Balsley noted that Volquez overthrew in games, which “led to mechanical breakdowns,” which led to disastrous results.
He had his moments, such as the near no-hitter in 2012 and, well, that’s about it. Bryant investigated Volquez’s “quest for control” back in March and called the pitcher an “infuriating combination of top-level talent with lackluster results.” As Padres Trail more recently put it, “So long and thanks for all the walks.”
Volquez tied for the MLB lead in walks in his first season with the Padres. This year he cut his walk rate from 5.2 to 4.4 and compensated by increasing his hit rate from 7.9 to 10.6. Oh, he found the plate all right. He led MLB in runs allowed at the time of his release, which is no small achievement given his home venue. Read More…
Friday night the Ted Williams (San Diego) Chapter of SABR hosted the Padres Memorable Moments event at the Scripps Ranch Library. As you may remember from reading about it here and here, Bob Chandler was to call the memorable moments in the old-style of sound effects and ticker tape.
In the library auditorium a stage was set up. On the left was a desk with all the special effects Chandler would use – a pillow, bat, and wood block, an a microphone to broadcast the action. To the right, three sofa chairs were set up, where Chandler conducted interviews with participants in each event chronicled. Before the game started, Joe Rathburn warmed the crowd up with a medley of baseball songs, culminating with Centerfield (which happens to be a personal favorite).
Then the National Anthem was sung, and we were off.
Bob reprised nine events in Padres history (pictures and video):
We mentioned previously the Re-Creation night that our local SABR Chapter is putting on, sponsored by the Aramco Group. Several more details have been released today.
First, the fine folks at Chubby’s Food Truck will be in the Scripps Ranch Library (10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego 92131) parking lot for those wanting to eat at the event. Chubby’s serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican food, and other fare for your culinary pleasure. Their full menu can be found on their website.
Kurt Bevacqua and Steve Arlin will attend the event and are just two of the former Padres Bob Chandler will interview during the re-creation. Bevacqua, in parts of six seasons with the Padres (1979-80, 1982-85), hit .245/.331/.331 with 7 HR and 128 RBI, and played multiple positions including first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field. He is perhaps best known for his hitting during the 1984 World Series, when he went .412/.444/.882 with 2 home runs, including the 3-run shot in Game 2 that secured the only World Series Game win in Padres history.
Arlin also spent six seasons with the Padres (1969-1974), during which he went 32-62 for the club with a 4.33 ERA. Arlin came closer than any other Padres pitcher to throwing a no-hitter, when his bid on 18 July 1972 against the Phillies was broken up with two out in the ninth inning. He is the grandson of Harold Arlin, who called the first ever baseball game broadcast on radio.
Other Padre alumni scheduled to attend include: