Well, there’s been little ado about nothing so far as the 2012-13 Padres’ off-season goes. That is, unless you’re riveted by the signing of 34-year old Jason Marquis. Actually, now that I mention it, I kinda am.
“Riveted” is probably too strong a word, but let’s not overlook the move. Marquis pitched some of the best baseball of his career in a Padres uniform last season. His K/9 was a respectable 7.6, a career best. His previous best was 6.8, way back in the 2001 season in Atlanta. In addition, his BB/9 was a very respectable 2.7, also a career best. His WHIP of 1.302 was…you guessed it…a career best.
I know we’re only talking about 93.2 IP here, but that’s a decent enough amount for me to have some confidence. Sure, the numbers won’t hold over the duration of the season, but let’s be realistic. If we’re relying on Marquis to lead us to the playoffs, I’ve got some beach-front property in New Mexico that might be of interest to you. He’s not signed to be our ace. He’s signed to