July 22, 2015
Friend Requests - San Diego Padres Analysis
I'm doing something new on the blog - I want to create a label for "friend requests". In the past some of you have asked for stats, input to set a lineup for a future game, etc. I love that - hearing back from the internet void about an obscure baseball simulation game is good incentive to stay on top of the blog. So, if you ever want more info on how I'm playing the game, or you want to pick a batting order for your favorite team, I'm down for trying it! Just leave a comment in a post and I'll try my best.
Joey recently asked for me to share how one of his favorite all-time teams, the '84 Padres, are doing this season. Despite Garvey's thumbs up here, I haven't had a lot of success with them. Over 32 games they're just 12-20. And if I'm being honest, they're one of the least interesting teams to manage. Outside of benching Graig Nettles against lefties (where you at Luis Salazar fans!?!?), the lineup almost never changes. Here's how the offense is doing:
C Terry Kennedy 1HR, 9RBI .250/.299/.320/.619
1B Steve Garvey 2HR, 13RBI .220/.267/.293/.559
2B Alan Wiggins 3HR, 22SB .285/.343/.423/.766
3B Graig Nettles 6HR, 14RBI .260/.348/.494/.842
SS Gary Templeton 0HR, 7RBI .237/.294/.263/.557
LF Camelo Martinez 3HR, 19RBI .276/.364/.448/.812
CF Kevin McReynolds 2HR, 13RBI .310/.333/.419/.752
RF Tony Gwynn 2HR, 12RBI .353/.395/.419/.814
32 games is still a small sample size, but Steve Garvey is stone cold right now on offense. Kennedy and Templeton are hardly better. Nettles and Wiggins are over their heads and due to come back down to earth, though Wiggins' speed is playing great.
Here's the pitching:
Ed Whitson 3-4 3.97 20k
Eric Show 1-4 6.45 23k
Mark Thurmond 3-2 4.37 13k
Andy Hawkins 1-3 4.29 28k
Tim Lollar 1-2 5.29 28k
Goose Gossage 1-2 3.38 2sv
Craig Lefferts 0-0 0.57 4sv
Dave Dravecky 0-1 3.57 11k
The starting pitching has not lived up to their true talent level. If the Padres are to turn around and finish first in the NL West like they did in the real 1984 they'll have to be better. I think that will happen. But the Astros are going to be hard to catch - they have excellent pitching and a more dynamic offense. Time will tell!