San Diego Padres
@ Cincinnati Reds
Monday, Jul 27, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
Josh Geer vs Homer Bailey
Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
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Only one team in the National League is worse than the Reds at all 3 "slash stats" (AVG/OBP/SLG). That team is the San Diego Padres, who are averaging a pathetic 3.63 runs per game this season, nearly a half run worse than the Reds. Then again, they play in a cavernous pitcher's park, so they have a bit of an excuse.
Of course, they also have the 2nd worst pitching staff in the NL, surrendering 5.09 R/G on the season, 0.3 runs worse than the Reds. This is why they are 7 games behind the Reds this season, even with the Reds playing as poorly as they have been playing.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Homer Bailey made it look like he was a solid cog of the future? I want that back.
Remember a couple of months ago, when the Reds were swept by the Padres in San Diego? I want payback.
Remember how tasty ribs dripping in barbecue sauce are? I want baby back.