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'Round the Bases - August Week 1

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7/3-7/9 - A roundup of the best of the Padres. This week had the tail end of a series against the Braves, a quick two-game series against the Twins, and finished the week in Pittsburgh.

Hello, my baby. Hello, my honey. Hello my ragtime gaaaaaaal.
Hello, my baby. Hello, my honey. Hello my ragtime gaaaaaaal.
Denis Poroy

Today marks the start of the first weekly collection of the best of our Friars for the week. It'll be mostly video highlights of impressive, quirky, and uniquely Padres things from Sunday to Saturday, with a decent reflection on top stat performers. If you feel anything special was overlooked, feel free to share!

Most Exemplary Display of Ninja Prowess

Amaristacatch
Friar: Alexi Amarista
Game: @ Minnesota

Just look at that scoreboard. Tie game, bottom of the ninth, two on two out. The Little Ninja had to cover a mile of ground. Nobody's going to usurp Amarista in the ninja category.

Least Likely to Make it to Second Base

Medicatrip

Friar: Tommy Medica
Game: @ Minnesota

Getting a little excited from a flyout, Medica admits defeat after attempting a headfirst slide to second extremely early. Some say his face is imprinted in that exact spot to this very day.

Least Accurate Sip of Gatorade®

Venablegatorade

Friar(s): Will Venable, Everth Cabrera
Game: vs Atlanta

Vill Wenable's 12th inning walkoff single earned him some celebratory gatorade. Everth Cabrera tried giving Venable a quick swig of refreshing Gatorade®, but Will was facing the completely wrong direction.

Most Nailbiting Moment

Alonsonails

Friar(s): Yonder Alonso, Odrisamer Despaigne
Game: @ Minnesota

"Mijo!" Odrisamer tries helping Yonder cut his icky habit. Alonso had been chomping and chewing his nails all inning and Despaigne had enough.

Best Worst Relay Throw

Jefffalling

Friar: Jeff Francoeur
Game: @ Pittsburgh

Nobody said Frenchy was ever graceful. But one thing about the very gullible outfielder is that he will not sacrifice a run for style points. No matter how terrible that throw looked.

How to Fall With Style

Everthslip

Friar: Everth Cabrera
Game: @ Pittsburgh

Leading the team in stolen bases is never an easy task. There's a lot to worry about. Here we see him almost eat dirt in an attempt to avoid being thrown out. Take notes, Medica.

Weekly Leaders

Yonder Alonso: Hits (8), AVG. (.533), OPS (1.463), wOBA (.734), wRC+ (393)

Eric Stults: ERA (1.42), BB/9 (0), LOB (85.7%), FIP (1.24)

  • Yonder Alonso also hit the longest home run this week in Target Field, blasting a moonshot 419ft. I think I remember hearing a Twins fan cry.
  • Despite striking out the most, Jedd Gyorko had the best plate discipline this week. He rarely swung at pitches outside the strikezone (15%) and almost always swung at pitches that were in (54.3%). Where he struggled was making contact, missing 11% of everything he swung at, and watching strikes go right by him(63.6%)
  • Tyson Ross had the highest ERA this week at 3.00, a bit above his average. But he also lead the rotation in strikeouts, with 10.5 K/9 innings. His xFIP was also of course lower, sitting at 2.43 below Stults' 3.02.
  • Seth Smith and Tommy Medica were the most clutch players of the week, both with a .17 clutch rating way above that of their teammates, they did the best job when we really needed them to.
  • The Padres went 3-2 for the week. We both scored and allowed 13 runs, and didn't win a single game by more than one run. The team collected 3 home runs, 6 stolen bases, and hit for a collective .241 AVG with a .316 OBP. Our strikeout percentage was 19.7%, with a slugging percentage of .337.