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Grand slam gives Chase Headley the NL RBI lead

Sep 9, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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The Padres play in the game’s toughest ballpark for hitters and they entered the day ranked 26th of the 30 major league teams in runs scored, but they now have the NL RBI leader after Chase Headley hit a grand slam Sunday in an 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Headley, whose previous career high in RBI was 64, moved past Ryan Braun into the league lead with 102 RBI. If he can hold on to it, he’d be just the second Padre to lead the league in RBI (Dave Winfield, 1979).

Headley is the 13th different Padre to amass 100 RBI in a season. Other than Adrian Gonzalez, who did it three times (100 in 2007, 119 in 2008 and 101 in 2010), no Padre had reached 100 RBI since Phil Nevin in 2004.

Today’s bomb was his 27th, so Headley also has a shot at becoming the 12th different Padre to reach 30 homers in a season. Gonzalez did that four times. Besides Gonzalez, the last two do it were Nevin and Ryan Klesko in 2001.

  1. ch0psuey - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    His August was pretty great but his September at his current pace would be off the books

  2. Kevin Gillman - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Ryan Klesko, there is a name I haven’t seen in awhile.

  3. micker716 - Sep 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Padres need to lock him up yesterday. Headley and Quentin make a legit middle of the order. The Pad’s are 10 games over .500 since the All-Star break and will be getting some of their young arms back next year. No reason they can’t contend in the NL West.

  4. icanspeel - Sep 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    It’s amazing the numbers he has posted after the trade deadline, I wonder how many teams were close to making a trade for him. One of the best trades the Padres never made.

  5. sisqsage - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Let’s see: a veteran player who has never had over 64 RBIs in a season is suddenly on pace to DOUBLE that this year… mostly in a terrible park for power hitters.
    Seem a little suspicious?
    Hope he didnt get a hold of Melky’s unused stash.

    • samu0034 - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:13 AM

      Do you enjoy going through life being this cynical?

    • ptfu - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      You can’t even do wild unfounded accusations properly. Try thinking about how RBIs happen, especially the whole “someone else getting on base” part.

      You should be doubting the guys hitting in front of Headley, not Headley himself. Where are the fingers pointing at Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, and Logan Forsythe?

      Yep, that must be it. Couldn’t possibly be that Headley’s having a nice year, he’s on a hot streak, and (for the first time since forever) the guys in front of him are actually getting on base.

  6. theSC1320 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Has Melky finally pushed us into the “Age of Accusation”? Will any player doing better than they “should” find themselves cast as suspicious?

    Maybe Bill James could come up with a handy probability ratio for us…I would then appreciate it if he shared it with the weather forecasters so that we could get that predictability straightened out once and for all too..

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