Thoughts on ALDS eve

October, 7, 2009

Three thoughts for ALDS Eve:

1. Three reasons Jon Lester, Billy Wagner and Hideki Okajima are so important:

(Numbers are batting average, HRs and OPS)

Kendry Morales

• vs. RHP -- .309/30/962

• vs. LHP -- .296/4/.801

Bobby Abreu

• vs. RHP -- .305/12/.865

• vs. LHP -- .267/3/.735

Chone Figgins

• vs. RHP -- .323/0/.865

• vs. LHP -- .246/0/.630

• Figgins on-base percentage:

vs. LHP -- .325

vs. RHP -- .428

2. Sources close to Jeff Moorad claim that he was very interested in bringing Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes to San Diego, but was denied permission. There is tremendous mutual respect between Moorad and Byrnes, and reportedly Byrnes has recommended Jed Hoyer for the Padres job. It is simply a matter of time before Hoyer gets a head job, and San Diego is a tremendous opportunity.

3. Lowell manager Gary DiSarcina is on the Indians' managerial search list.



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