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Series Preview: San Diego Padres @ Seattle Mariners

Seattle: 35-34
San Diego: 30-38


-52.8 (29th)
-32.3 (25th) SDN
18.1 (6th)
-11.7 (23rd) SEA
12.5 (10th) -8.7 (19th) SEA
-8.2 (23rd) 1.7 (14th) SDN
-30.4 -51.0 Seattle

Our defensive numbers took a huge upswing this weekend, following a week of playing Ken Griffey in left field. Adrian Beltre is on pace for about a 3-win season despite sporting a .293 wOBA. Man our defense is great. Or rather, was great. Endy Chavez was a big part of that outstanding defense and subbing his innings for Balentien is certainly going to knock us down a few pegs. At least falling down from 6th best in the league still leaves us as good.

The offense gained about eight runs over average in the sweep over Arizona, which is a nice step in at least a passable direction. Seriously, this offense has been horrid but if Beltre (.395 wOBA) and Griffey (.364 wOBA) can continue their hot Junes and Johjima returns, the 1-7 for this lineup, everyone not named Yuni or Lopez, actually make up a slightly above average unit. And even Lopez is showing some signs of at least being a power threat again.



Game 1: Garrett Olson* vs. Chad Gaudin
Game 2: Brandon Morrow vs. Josh Geer
Game 3: Jarrod Washburn* vs. Wade LeBlanc*

We faced both Gaudin and Geer last week, so I am not going to bother covering them again. Wade LeBlanc has had just a smattering of Major League experience to date, but the 24-year-old has shown some moderate promise in Triple-A. The issue for him is translating his 11+% swinging strike rate in Portland to San Diego. So far it hasn't in the slightest with ~400 pitches in the big leagues resulting in a missed bat rate around 6.8%. Unsurprisingly, that has damaged his ability to generate strikeouts and his walks have suffered as well. Frankly, since LeBlanc's fastball is clocked at an average of around 85-86 mph, I have an extremely hard time believing that he's ever going to miss bats at that level up here.


Midas Touch Golden Elixir
Dogfish Head Brewery. Milton, DE

"Midas Touch Golden Elixir is a beverage based on the residue found on the drinking vessels in King Midas' tomb. Our recipe highlights the known ingredients of barley, white Muscat grapes, honey and saffron. Somewhere between a beer, wine and mead, this smooth, dry ale will please with Chardonnay or I.P.A. drinker alike."

Although it holds a somewhat muted aroma, the flavor is really smooth and matches the description of a sort of meadish beer.