At the start of each series, we at Chicken Friars will zero in on an opposing player known to be a “Padre Killer.” No matter the day, time or place, this player is known to be a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to playing against the San Diego Padres.
In this column, I will analyze that player’s statistics against the Friars and try to offer some insight on how not to let that player beat our beloved team.
After a disappointing four-game series loss in the Big Apple, the Padres move on to the North side of Chicago for a three-game set against the cursed Chicago Cubs. The Padres maybe playing in the Windy City, but it seems like the only thing that blows the Padres away is the bat of Alfonso Soriano.
The 36 year-old Dominican is the Cubs $136 million man. The way Soriano plays against the Padres makes him worth every penny. Here is his career stat line against the Pads:
|San Diego Padres||42||42||177||164||25||49||12||2||12||27||6||2||11||37||.299||.345||.616||.960||101||0||1||0||1||1||0||.319||130|
To make matters worse, Soriano has a lifetime average of .263 with 63 home runs and 193 RBI at The Friendly Confines.
Soriano is having a decent year at the plate, and the Cubs are struggling mightily, so I’d challenge Soriano with a heavy dose of fastballs and see if he can beat me. After all, the Cubs (15-32) and Padres (17-32) are fighting for the worst record in the National League, so what do the Padres have to lose by challenging Soriano?
Just hope this time the Padres wear a wind breaker.