Monday, September 12, 2011

Zzzzz


Padres fans must be getting good sleep this year and not only the impudent punks who nod off the moment they hear Dick Enberg.

Against all of their rivals, the Padres turn in dull at-bat after weak at-bat after foggy at-bat.

Zzzzz.

"They're very easy to pitch to," a Padres rival told me in May.


It's September now, proof of that coming Sunday when San Diegans filled a ballpark to watch football; Padres hitters, meantime, remain a powerful sleep aid, more so against the teams that know them best.

It's not just that the Padres see a lot of good pitching within the National League West.

Their meager hitting in the 60 games isn't close to what those four staffs allow on the average, as measured by on-base and slugging percentages combined.

Let's also include the Mariners, who train with the Padres and play them far more than anyone else in spring training. The Padres batted .162 against them in the six games, and their OPS was 300 points below Seattle's season average.

As good as the Diamondbacks are this year, their ballpark usually excites Padres hitters, but even with Sunday's outburst, the Padres batted .226 in the 15 games there this year. They reached base only 29 percent of the time, worse even than their .318 mark in Phoenix 10 years ago against a staff that would lead Arizona past the Yankees in the World Series.

The Padres are batting .207 against the Dodgers after 15 games. Their OPS against the Rockies is 85 points below Colorado's average against.

Tonight's opponent, the Giants, has held them to a .212 batting average and an OPS (.603) that's 44 points below its norm.

To know these Padres is to love these Padres, if you're a pitcher.

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