Ex-Phils roundup, West Coast edition

No one at Chavez Ravine last night saw Juan Castro and his 15th-worst-in-the-majors (out of 882 total) -9.1 VORP, as he’s currently an Albuquerque Isotope, where his teammates include Ivan “no relation” de Jesus, Jr (meaning no relation to Jose, not to fellow ex-Phil Ivan de Jesus, Sr).

Carlos Monasterios (3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and 111 ERA+ in 23 games, 8 of them starts; now back in the bullpen with Ted Lilly in the rotation) and Matt Stairs (whose .190/.257/.333 line in 63 AB is slightly worse than his 2009 stats with the Phils) were also missing in action.

Not to worry, as Vicente Padilla blanked the Padres on two hits, striking out 9 and throwing 77 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Padilla is now 5-3 with a 3.09 ERA on the season, as he continues his shockingly dominant performance with the Dodgers.

                            Overall            With Dodgers
ERA+                    101                    126
K/9                        6.3                     8.4
BB/9                      3.2                     2.3
Hits/9                     9.2                     7.1

Padilla is 9-3, 3.12 overall since the Dodgers acquired him last August for….nothing, after he was released by Texas.

Sadly, the Phils received the same value for Padilla when they traded him to Texas in December 2005 in a salary dump.

Padilla wasn’t horrible as either a Phillie or a Ranger. He was 9-12 with a 4.71 ERA (94 ERA+) for the 2005 Phils and 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA (95 ERA+) for Texas before being released last season– the worst ERA among Ranger starters other than prospect Derek Holland, but surely worth something more than nothing.

On the other hand, Padilla’s reputation as a headhunter (105 career HBP, leading the AL with 17 in 2006; fellow headhunter Pedro Martinez only has 36 more in six more seasons and over 1300 more innings) and, well, other unpopular traits meant he wasn’t exactly missed by his Texas teammates. The Dodgers still felt he was worth one year at $4,025,000. And he has been.

Word of warning: Padilla has the lowest BABIP among the Dodger rotation by far, at .233 (Kershaw is second lowest at .293), so when his luck runs out, he may still turn into a calabaza.


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