End of the 2010 Spring Training in Arizona

Yesterday, the Padres concluded their 2010 Spring Training in Arizona. They finished with a 16-10-2 record, and led the Major leagues in stolen bases. It doesn’t mean anything though. It all changes Monday, when the games count for real. I can’t wait, it is gonna be awesome. Now here is the projected lineup I think Buddy Black should go with on Monday.

Lineup:

1. Everth Cabrera

2. David Eckstein

3. Adrian Gonzalez

4. Kyle Blanks

5. Scott Hairston

6. Chase Headley

7. Will Venable

8. Nick Hundley

9. Pitchers spot

I got E-Can batting 1st because of his speed. Eck second because he doesn’t have much pop, but can execute the hit and run, move E-Cab to 3rd on a single, etc. Adrian’s gonna hit 3rd because he has the pop for a possible 3 run jack, but can also go oppo field or pull a pitch for singles, doubles, and even triples if he gets lucky. The 4 spot is going to be huge this season. I think Blanks is gonna have a great year behind Adrian. I’m calling maybe a .275/35/100 season. I think this because last year Blanks averaged a home run in every 14 ABs, while Albert Pujols of the Cardinals averaged a homer every 11 ABs. Pujols finished with around 50 dingers, so Blanks should hit 35, in my opinion. Scott Hairston hits 5th because he is so clutch, but also has a decent amount of speed. The 6th spot with Headley in it should be very interesting, because he is going back to his natural position at 3rd base. Don’t expect a lot out of him defensively, but i think he can put up some strong hitting numbers in 2010. Will Venable has a chance to become a star in the future, but this season, he is a perennal 20/20 guy. He has speed, pop, and can hit for a decent average. The 8th spot in where Hundley will bat. This is an interesting year for Hundley, he has something to prove. If he can’t put up good numbers, don’t expect him to start everyday in 2010 and 2011.

Pitching Rotation:

1. Jon Garland

2. Kevin Correia

3. Chris Young

4. Clayton Richard

5. Mat Latos

The Padres rotation is gonna be good if they can stay healthy. That will be really key. C.Y. has to prove himself again before he has to become a #1 starter. Garland and Correia will put up solid numbers, and Richard and Latos may have breakout years.

Outlook:

The Padres have loads of talent, but it is raw, young talent. If the young guys can play really well and not have a long slump in the middle of the season, I think the Padres will be playing baseball come October.

Hope you all are having a good Holy Thursday! Stay safe tonight, and God Bless!

GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO THUNDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The Thunder beat the Celtics yesterday and moved a little closer to a playoff spot. They are 46-28 on the season. KD scored 37 points and got 8 boards in the win. Green hit a couple of 3’s to seal the game up, and many other players got into the act as well. It was a great win.

 

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