Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Eck effect

David Eckstein means a lot to the Padres. He's the glue to their middle infield. Against even the best pitchers, he will put the ball into play. He is a smart baserunner. He got off to a terrific start this year. However, it's not like his departure should cause the team to crumble. The Padres are 13-8 when Eckstein doesn't start and 41-30 when he does. As a pinch-hitter, he is 1-for-6. He had a .278 on-base percentage in his last 39 games. The greater concern is whether Eckstein will come all the way back from the calf strain that put him on the disabled list today. It can be a pesky injury, and the 35-year-old Eckstein can ill afford to lose any footspeed.

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