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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

 

Revisitation

Okay, in the spirit of the postseason, I jumped out ahead in looking at the Padres starters for the next two games in the series. In a lazy move, I'm reposting the info here. It's Pedro Astacio tomorrow and Adam Eaton in game 3, to be played a time to be determined in the spacious confines of Petco Park. Will Fox and MLB and the Trilateral Comission start the game at 8 a.m. so it will be a nooner on the East Coast? Stay tuned. In related news, visit the Post Dispatch Cardinals Page and politely request that their Cards blog be renamed. It is currently called the Birdwatch, the same name as one of our favorite Cardinal blogs that appeared long before. Leave a comment there AND send an email with your request. Well, Yahoo! was wrong, it's Astacio (PAstacio per CardNilly). Since coming to the Padres his ERA went from 6.04 to 3.17, not too bad, some credit should probably be given to spacious Petco Park. Here are some more interesting stats though: from TEX to SD his ground ball/fly ball ratio went from 0.99 to 1.11. He walks more batters pitching for his new team as well. His K/BB ratio fell from 3.75 in TEX to 1.14 in SD. His BB/9 went from 1.48 to 3.92. While that also says something about the different approaches by the TEX and SD coaching staffs and the difference in venues, the fact remains that PAstacio is putting more men on base, never a good thing when the opposing team's 2-5 hitters can put one out of the park, even in Petco, with one fell swoop. Who hits PAstacio well? Pujols: 4-11, 3 HR, .364/.333/1.182 Walker: 13-26, 2HR, .500/.533/.846 Edmonds: 4-12, 2 2B, .333/.467/.500 Sanders: 13-49, 3HR, .265/.315/.490 Starting game 3 for the Padres is RHP Adam Eaton. Eaton's a good pitcher at home, and gets good results there even after pitching poorly upon his return from injury. Last season, he never lived up to his potential. This year, he started out on fire, a large part of why the Padres jumped out to an early lead in the NL West. I suspect the Cards remain focused, not taking his performace through the end of summer too lightly. Is this the clincher? I hope so, since I've been fighting off this "terrible sinus infection" for the NLCS, with a possible relapse later in the month. More tidbits of interest re: Adam Eaton. - Career vs. St. Louis: 5GS, 1-2, 5.04 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, .290 BAA - at Home this year, 11GS, 8-1, 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .257 BAA - Upon returning to the Padres rotation on August 26 thru the end of the season, he went 2-3, with a 5.20 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.20 HR/9, 2.18 K/BB. - at home since returning from injury 8/26, 5GS, 2-1, 5.06 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 1.01 HR/9, 3.00 K/BB- Struckout 11 Dodgers in his last start; it was the Dodgers. - There is an excellent song by The Jam called "Eaton Rifles" Larry Walker vs. Eaton, 2005: 1-3, HR; career vs. Eaton: 11-32, 4 2B, 5 HR, 5BB, 4K .344/.436/.938 Pujols vs. Eaton, 2005: 2-3, HR; career vs. Eaton: 2-7, HR, 2BB, 0K .286/.500/.714 Edmonds vs. Eaton, 2005: 1-2, 2B; career vs. Eaton: 3-11, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3K .273/.385/.636
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