Friday, April 20, 2012
Fifth Place Isn't Always A Bad Thing (Finally, A Post About Andy Benes)
I've had this stupid little nerd-blog for over three years and I've never written anything about Andy Benes. I was a little surprised when I realized that since he's a fairly big part of the Padres' somewhat spotty and relatively short history. He was the franchise's all-time leader in strikeouts until Jake Peavy surpassed his total. In his 6 1/2 seasons in San Diego, he made his way to precisely fifth on counting stats lists such as games started, innings pitched, batters faced, accumulated rWAR, shutouts, earned runs and WPA. He was the Opening Day starter his last three seasons with the Padres, including 1994 when he led the league in strikeouts.