insidethepadres: Eckstein talks Cardinals
"The Cardinals attack hitters in a different way from every other club," Eckstein told me in March. "They pitch to the hitter's weaknesses more than anybody does. A lot of clubs tell their pitchers to pitch to their own strengths. Not the Cardinals. They figure out what a hitter's weakness is. And they keep attacking it."
PADRES: Eckstein clears air with Cardinals' GM
"I got what I needed and I think it turned out great," Eckstein said. "It could have been whenever, but that kind of conversation needed to be face-to-face and I was happy with the way it went. "After I left it, everything was perfect."
Youngsters and Salary Dumps
I included Tony Gwynn Jr. here so you can see what "regressing to the mean" looks like. It took a while because of his hot start, but Gwynn’s OPS+ for the season has fallen below 100.
Kevin Kouzmanoff Should Not Win a Gold Glove This Season :: Friar Forecast
Kouzmanoff has been solid with the glove, but to even consider him for the gold glove is ludicrous considering how good Zimmerman has been.
Even big leaguers love Little League
"Maybe it was just a premature slip," Adrian said. "You see the way some of those kids swing the bat. Who knows, one of those kids could wind up in Cooperstown."
A 'mad' Bell can't deliver KO blow
"I completely let this team down today," Bell said yesterday evening after blowing just his second save opportunity of the season. "I'm really ticked off. I'm pretty mad. You don't understand how it feels to be in my shoes right now. These guys worked so hard for so long and I couldn't do my job."
Eckstein still embracing life as a Padre
"I really want to be a part of what's happening here," said Eckstein. "I like the direction this team is going. I want to contribute."
Padres soaked after walk-off homer | padres.com: News
Colby Rasmus hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning after two rain delays Sunday off Heath Bell for a 7-5 Cardinals victory over the Padres at Busch Stadium.
Ready sees immediate results in box | padres.com: News
In the 15 games since Randy Read replaced Jim Lefebvre as hitting coach on July 31, the Padres are hitting .305 as a team and are scoring a shade over five runs a game.
Padres confident they'll ink top pick Tate | padres.com: News
The Padres remain confident that they will get a deal done with their first-round pick, high school outfielder Donavan Tate, though it likely won't happen until sometime shortly before Monday's 9 p.m. PT deadline.
Padres prepare for tough homestand | padres.com: News
When the Padres open a seven-game homestand on Monday against the Cubs, it will mark the first of 13 games in 14 days against teams with a combined winning percentage of .536 -- the Cubs, Cardinals, Braves and Marlins.
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