What’s “Left” to say about San Diego?

The Padres have many problems.  Entering Monday night, they are an NL-worst 9-20, and sit 9.5 games back of the Dodgers.  Their closer Huston Street is on the DL.  A starting pitcher, Cory Luebke could be headed for Tommy John surgery,  They’ve already played 20 home games against only nine on the road.

And they seem to have a problem versus left-handed starters . . . they’re 1-10 against southpaws, scoring a mere 2.2 runs per game with a .191/.282/.258 slash line.  They are potentially headed for one of the worst won-loss records versus lefties in the 162-game season era.  The 1963 Mets went 12-43 (.218) against LHPs to set the mark.

EACH SEASON’S WORST RECORD VS. LH STARTERS – 1961-2011

YEAR TEAM W L PCT
2011 SEA 13 28 .317
2010 SEA 14 36 .280
2009 WSN 10 23 .303
2008 PIT 14 28 .333
2008 BAL 16 32 .333
2007 CHW 16 28 .364
2006 PIT 13 36 .265
2006 KCR 13 36 .265
2005 KCR 17 38 .309
2004 ARI 13 41 .241
2003 DET 12 39 .235
2002 TBD 8 21 .276
2001 KCR 14 34 .292
2000 MIN 11 29 .275
1999 TBD 8 23 .258
1998 FLA 11 25 .306
1997 PHI 12 28 .300
1996 SFG 10 23 .303
1995 MIL 13 29 .310
1994 FLA 11 30 .268
1993 SDP 13 37 .260
1992 CAL 13 22 .371
1991 CLE 14 30 .318
1990 BAL 24 32 .429
1989 PHI 19 36 .345
1988 BAL 20 39 .339
1987 CLE 17 31 .354
1986 SEA 14 29 .326
1985 PIT 12 32 .273
1984 CIN 19 35 .352
1983 SEA 26 41 .388
1982 CIN 17 29 .370
1981 TOR 14 30 .318
1980 TOR 20 36 .357
1979 OAK 19 39 .328
1978 SEA 15 37 .288
1977 SEA 13 32 .289
1976 ATL 15 38 .283
1975 HOU 15 28 .349
1974 SDP 18 36 .333
1973 CHW 19 33 .365
1972 PHI 11 30 .268
1971 CLE 17 34 .333
1970 KCR 14 38 .269
1969 CLE 13 36 .265
1968 CHW 16 28 .364
1967 NYM 17 42 .288
1966 CHC 12 28 .300
1965 KCA 21 40 .344
1964 WSA 15 31 .326
1963 NYM 12 43 .218
1962 HOU 13 28 .317
1961 CHC 19 37 .339

At their current pace, the Padres would play 61 games against lefties, and would need to win 14 of them to better the Mets winning percentage (in other words, go 13-38 the rest of 2012).

Update: They eked out win #2 against a lefty starter last night, besting Drew Pomeranz and the Rockies, 3-2.

One thought on “What’s “Left” to say about San Diego?

  1. that’s the least of the worries. they just have to win more games against RHPs, which is a difficult thing to do for this team.

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