Before the season, I meant to write about three Padres pitchers that intrigued me in a way that virtually every other guy on the staff did not: Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, and Anthony Bass. Each had shown bursts of promise, had been touted in the past, and was entering his physical prime.
They might be nothing, but unlike with Jason Marquis, Clayton Richard, and Eric Stults, at least there was a chance. That was the theory, anyway.
With the schedule nearly 80 percent complete, now might be a good time to actually write something. We’ll start with Ross. First, here’s an oversimplified look at his performance through August 21, 2013:
*K% is K/PA. Not all innings are created equal, so this is a little more precise than K/9. League average is 19.6. Higher is better.
**OPS is OBP+SLG compiled by batters against the pitcher. League average is 707. Lower is better.
Short version: When healthy, the 26-year-old right-hander has been ...