With word that Jed Hoyer will be joining Theo Epstein in Chicago, the Padres have a familiar face sliding into the GM chair.
The 2006 draft has served as a major talent influx for the top forces in the NL West.
Aaron Cook’s inability to strike out batters hasn’t kept him from a long big-league career, nor kept one writer from having fun with Wikipedia.
Saturday’s Padres-Diamondbacks matchup personified both clubs’ 2011 seasons.
While the Giants flounder further from contention, the Diamondbacks continue to rise, largely thanks to their record against losing teams.
Sure, the Dodgers aren’t having a great year, but when you reframe their situation in the context of history, things start to look cheerier.
Though it looks like a two-horse race in the NL West, even those players on losing clubs have something to play for.
Though the Rockies aren’t going to contend this year, their curious decision to sign Kevin Millwood sends signals about player evaluation.
With the Giants in the midst of a tailspin, a visit from the Pirates may be what they need to right the ship. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have a chance to seize control by beating the punchless Astros.