NL West Report: Hispanic Nicknames

Earlier this season Giants, who played with a uniform featuring "Gigantes" across the front for Hispanic Heritage Night.  The Diamonbacks utilized a similar tactic this weekend, taking the field with "Los D-Backs" emblazened across the front of their alternate black uniforms.

Unfortunately for Arizona, the Hispanic mojo didn't help them on the field, as they appear more like Los Lonely Boys in the NL West cellar after two terrible weeks.  Or, as Jim McLennan from the Pit notes, the uniforms would be more apt had a "t" been added after the "Los."

The use of Spanish on uniforms got me thinking...what if the Rockies put on their uniforms and follow the lead of their divisional foes?  There may be less of a Hispanic population in Colorado than Arizona or California, but it is certainly a noteworthy presence all the same.  In addition, the Rockies payroll is increasing dramatically in the Hispanic sector.  Tell me what you think in the poll.


 

NL West Report

 

Arizona (62-82, t5th, L3, 23 GB)

Last Week: 1-5. 1-2 vs Dodgers. 0-3 vs Brewers.  Arizona was swept for the second straight weekend, sending them to three games below fourth-place San Diego after going 2-11 the last two weeks.  The loss yesterday guaranteed the Diamondbacks of a losing season, quite the disappointment after being a popular 1st or 2nd place team in preseason predictions.

Pace: 70-92 (-2 from last week)

Divisional Change: Lost 3.0 games on LAD.

This Week: 3 game road series @ Padres, 3 game home series vs Rockies.  The schedule doesn't get any easier for Arizona, who has to go to Petco to play a team riding a 6-series win streak before hosting all the awesomeness that is the Colorado Rockies.  

News: Inside the D-backs: Decision on coaching staff to come later

Ken Rosenthal suggests Arizona third base coach Chip Hale or former manager Bob Melvin as a fit for the Nationals managerial position next year, though interim manager Jim Riggelman has a legitimate shot to retain his post.  

Top prospect Jarrod Parker will begin a throwing program tomorrow.  Arizona's 2007 first-round pick was shut down in July after feeling discomfort in his elbow.  After reassessing him in coming weeks, the Diamondbacks will decide whether he requires surgery or not.  Says Josh Byrnes:  

"Anytime an injury doesn't respond, I think you have to consider surgery...But again there's reason to believe the conservative course will get him back to where he was." - Steve Gilbert, MLB.com

Jarrod Parker

#77 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-1

180

R

R

Nov 24, 1988

Kevin Mulvey, a waiver trade pickup from Minnesota, made his first career start Saturday.  He struggled mightily in a 9-2 loss to the Brewers.

Transactions: Recalled OF Trent Oeltjen and C Luke Carlin.

Injuries:  Activated LHP Scott Schoeneweis (depression) from the 15-day DL.  Nothing new was found in recent bloodwork for Conor Jackson, but he's likely to miss the rest of the season, making it difficult for last year's cleanup man to earn his roster spot back for 2010.

Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Snyder lower-back 08/23/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chad Qualls knee 08/31/2009
Conor Jackson pneumonia 05/12/2009
Brandon Webb shoulder 04/07/2009

 

Los Angeles (85-59, 1st, L1)

Last Week: 4-2. 2-1 @ Diamondbacks. 2-1 @ Giants.  Los Angeles failed to complete the sweep in both series after winning the first two games both times.  It was a strong turnaround after failing to win either series the previous week agains the division's worst teams.

Pace: 97-65. (+2)

Divisional Change: Lost 0.5 game lead on COL.

This Week: 3 game home series vs Pirates, 3 game home series vs Giants.  While the Rockies try to win a game at AT&T Park, the Dodgers can force the Rockies to be focusing on the wild card by sweeping the Pirates.  It is the first time the Dodgers and Pirates have played this season.

News:   Ronnie Belliard is providing an excuse for the Dodgers not to pay Orlando Hudson.  In starting in place of Hudson 5 of the last 13 games, Belliard is robbing Hudson of the $10K/PA the starting second-sacker is due to receive per his contract.

Orlando Hudson

#13 / Second Base / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-0

190

B

R

Dec 12, 1977

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Orlando Hudson 135 514 70 147 31 4 9 58 53 92 8 1 .286 .354 .414

Say what you will about a collapse - holding a divisional lead for practically the entirety of a season is something to be commended, and only a team with several strong contributors are capable of such a feat.  So who is the MVP of the team?  The answer from a few players may surprise you.

Brad Penny and Larry Bowa made amends in a private meeting this past weekend. The two were at ugly odds over several issues after Penny's departure from Los Angeles.

Ken Rosenthal also suggests the Dodgers may be interested in Dan Uggla.

Transactions: Called up IFs Chin-Lung Hu and Blake DeWitt.

Injuries:  Activated RHP Hiroki Kuroda from the 15-day DL.  Clayton Kershaw missed his Friday start with a bruised shoulder.  He won't be on the DL and should return soon.  Jim Thome is day-to-day with a right heel issue, and Randy Wolf is day-to-day with left elbow stiffness.  He is scheduled to make his start tomorrow against Pittsburgh.  Will Ohman is still attempting to return to the Dodgers this month after being on the DL since May 28 with a left shoulder injury.

Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Randy Wolf elbow 09/13/2009

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clayton Kershaw shoulder 09/13/2009

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Will Ohman shoulder 05/28/2009
Guillermo Mota other-excused 08/30/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Xavier Paul ankle 05/21/2009
Jason Schmidt shoulder 08/06/2009

Star-divide

San Diego (60-78, 5th, L2, 22.5 GB)

Last Week: 4-2.  2-1 @ Giants, 2-1 vs Rockies.  The Padres have become the ultimate spoilers.  They have now won six straight series, five against the top seven playoff contending teams.  Despite winning the series against Colorado, however, the Rockies mathematically eliminated San Diego from the division title Friday.

Pace: 70-94 (+1).

Divisonal change: No change.

This Week: 3 game home series vs Diamondbacks, First 3 games of a 4 game road series @ Pirates. Will there be a letdown now that they will be playing two of the three teams that are more than a game worse than them?

News:  The Padres are out to thwart contending teams, and that is no joke.  The only consolation for playoff teams is that they have been a thorn in every team's side, defeating every playoff contender they have faced in the last seven series two games to one.

Nick Hundley drove in a run in walk-off fashion, in his first career pinch-hit AB. And he didn't even have to make contact.

An AL Scout says Kevin Towers fleeced Billy Beane with the Scott Hairston deal, the trade in which he recieved RHPs Sean Gallagher, Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano.  That's hard to argue against when Hairston has a worse OBP than any Rockie position player, including Omar Quintanilla.

Scott Hairston

#12 / Left Field / Oakland Athletics

6-0

195

R

R

May 25, 1980

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Scott Hairston 52 205 21 49 10 1 7 32 8 32 3 2 .239 .269 .400

Ken Rosenthal says the Padres' payroll could be as low as being in the neighborhood of $25million next year.  For that to happen, Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell would have to be moved, along with Brian Giles leaving the payroll.  Those three moves have a decent chance of happening.

Baltimore is averse to trading their top prospects, so they are out of the running for A-Gone, not that I saw much of a fit there to begin with.

Transactions: Recalled RHP Sean Gallagher and LHPs Aaron Poreda and Cesar Ramos from AAA Portland.

Injuries:  Rookie OF Kyle Blanks will likely miss the rest of the season with a partial tear in his right plantar fascia (part of the foot).  Kevin Kouzmanoff is still day to day with a strained calf.

San Diego Padres Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brian Giles knee 06/19/2009
Kyle Blanks foot 08/29/2009
Mike Adams shoulder 08/22/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mark Worrell elbow 03/27/2009
Cha Seung Baek forearm 03/30/2009
Shawn Hill elbow 04/26/2009
Chris Young shoulder 06/15/2009

Star-divide

San Francisco (77-66, 3rd, W1, 7.5 GB in Div, 4.5 GB in WC)

Last Week: 2-4.  1-2 vs Padres. 1-2 vs Dodgers.  I would consider it a failure of a week to lose two games in the wild card standings in which you lose a home series against the Padres then fail to capitalize when the Padres swiped a series from Colorado.  

Pace:  87-75 (-2).

Divisional Change:  Lost 2.0 games in NL West (LAD), lost 2 games in WC (COL).

This Week: 3 game home series vs Rockies, 3 game road series @ Dodgers.  If the Giants don't take advantage of their mound triumverate and at least win the series against Colorado, it will be hard to continue considering them in contention for the wild card, as they would be 5.5 games back at best with 16 games left.  

News:  Timcecum missed his last start but should be back tonight.  He'll face Jason Hammel, who quite literally is the best fifth starter in MLB.

Several Giants are nearing career numbers, not greatly surprising given their youth.  However, one player worth highlighing is Jeremy Affeldt, who raised eyebrows by signing a quick lucrative deal in the offseason.  He has already shown why he deserved that contract.  He leads the league in holds, for what you will make of that.

Jeremy Affeldt

#41 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants

6-4

225

L

L

Jun 06, 1979

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Jeremy Affeldt 1-2 65 0 0 0 0 0 53.0 40 13 11 2 28 45 1.87 1.28

I hate to point this out - I really do - but after beating the Dodgers last night, Brad Penny is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts since joining the Giants' rotation.  That's good for a 0.4 WAR, giving him a strong shot to pass Randy Johnson's three month body of work (0.5 WAR) in just a month.  It is worth noting he won the Giants' only game against the Padres as well as defeating two strong offenses and two of the best teams in the National League.

Top prospect  Madison Bumgarner made his MLB debut Tuesday.  The promotion was a surprise but oddly mirrors the Rockies move to try out Esmil Rogers against the Padres in an effort to delay their hobbled ace for the Rockies series.  Bumgarner San earned a no-decision, allowing two runs in 5.1 IP including five hits, two of them home runs.

Transactions:   Called up LHPs Madison Bumgarner and Alex Hinshaw, RHP Joe Martinez and 2b Kevin Frandsen.  Outrighted RHP Ryan Sadowski to AAA Fresno and DFA'd RHP Osiris Matos.  The Washington Nationals claimed P Jesse English from the Giants on waivers.  

Injuries:  Activated Freddy Sanchez from the 15-day DL, finally.  Tim Lincecum missed his last start with back spasms but is expected to take the mound tonight against Jason Hammel and the Rockies.  Randy Johnson has seen no setbacks of yet in his attempt to return to action with the Giants in their bullpen.

San Francisco Giants Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tim Lincecum lower-back 09/12/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Randy Johnson trapezius 07/06/2009
Noah Lowry ribs 03/27/2009
Kelvin Pichardo shoulder 06/28/2009
Emmanuel Burriss foot 09/01/2009
Henry Sosa shoulder 08/05/2009
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