Interesting Ballclub

First of all, I’m sorry for not blogging for about a month. School’s been busy, I finished it last week, though. I will start blogging more, I promise.

This Padres ballclub is very interesting. They play more old-style baseball than the modern game. Their pitching is fantastic, and if they can get one more bat, one more power hitter, for example a Corey Hart, this team will be good. The reason they are winning right now is they are pitching well. If you are an ordinary fan, nothing strikes you or gets you worried about the Padres. So why are they a NL best 32-22? Timely hitting, good pitching, and good defense.
The Padres have a new hero every single night. It’s not just one man getting it done, it’s the entire group. Take this for example: Wednesday, against the Mets, the Padres were held scoreless through the first 8 innings. Tony Gwynn led off the 9th with a single, and then proceeded to steal 2nd base. Matt Stairs and Jerry Hairston then K’d, bringing up David Eckstein. He singled up the middle, driving in Tony to tie the game at 1 apiece. The Padres then won it in the 11th on an Adrian Gonzalez walk off grand slam. It’s really awesome, because you know that even if some hitters in your lineup are slumping, other guys can come through. 
Now to the pitching side of things: The Padres have 5 quality starters. Sure, they don’t have a #1 elite pitcher, but they have 5 guys that could be a #2. Wade LeBlanc, Jon Garland, Mat Latos, Kevin Correia, and Clayton Richard could all be #2’s on a lot of teams. Mat Latos, though, is going to be a #1 starter for the Padres for a long time. He has the stuff, and is growing a lot this season as a starting pitcher. Wade LeBlanc is coming into his own as well. He was dominant in his first couple starts of the season, then struggled in 2 straight starts. He rebounded and did not have a bad outing last time out against the Mets, throwing 5.1 innings of 2 run ball. Jon Garland is pitching very well, along with Clayton Richard. Kevin Correia had a tough 2 outings after the death of his brother, but then won his next start, although he didn’t pitch well, giving up 6 runs.
All of this said, one big bat could make a big difference for the Padres. I prefer they go after Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers, who is a right handed slugger that would be great in a lefty-filled lineup. The Brewers want pitching, and the Padres have an abundance of pitching, more than enough, so I think the Padres and Brewers could make a deal there.
The Padres lost game 1 to the Phillies yesterday, but today they’re back at it again. Jon Garland, who’s been stellar for the Padres this season, goes up against lefty Jamie Moyer. Should be a great game, first pitch is at 4:05 PM PT.
I hope everyone has a great and safe day today, God bless!
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GO PADRES!!!!!!
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10 comments

  1. StlCardinals06

    Don’t know how the Pads do it, but they look great right now, and should provide some excitement as the playoff races heat up. They look like the class of the NL West, and I don’t think anyone can challenge them, except the Giants, but only if the Giants find some offense and Tim Lincecum turns it around.
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  2. raysrenegade

    San Diego has been doing it the old fashioned way for so long people forget they are not staying with the usual MLB flow.
    Love the power and the pitching that most discount, but remember fully after seeing their team take an “L” from the Friars.
    I have a small prediction that the Padres might make things really interesting by the Labor Day weekend. If they protect that divisional lead and p-ace the rest of the NL….they could come into call-up time in a great position to add the right pieces to flex some heavy A-Gon muscle backed by some impressive closer ability.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. devilabrit

    Your studies are very important regardless of how much they slow up your blogging power, ๐Ÿ™‚ besides you’ll have all summer long soon to blog whenever you are not doing something more interesting with your summer of fun while ‘schools out’… was glad the Padres helped our Phillies out with a winning walk last night, the rest of the visit for your guys should be interesting and fun….

    -peter
    Phillies Outside

  4. bklyntrolleyblogger

    Nice to see you again. Some of us blog so much because we’re old!! No school…LOL. Just keep your nose to the grindstone. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
    Your Pads are setting the pace. The NL West is going to be a good race.
    mike
    BTB

  5. raysfanboy

    I love your team. I say that alot, don’t I? Sorry…but I do! Your guys play the game right. You have youth, talent, and veteran leadership. The team is big time homegrown, and that makes them a team that is fun to watch. Glad to have you back and blogging–school ends soon, so the summer should be lots of fun!

    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

  6. angelsgirl012

    don’t you love that about your team? I think it’s awesome that the Pads are doing so well! I respect the fact that you are doing well without that much attention. That’s what I love about my angels. That they play fundamental baseball with strong pitching. That’s always fun. Hey i’m busy too! My high school life is almost over and i’m trying to finish all this up. It’s hectic so i understand that you are busy. Just blog whenever you can we’ll wait ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://mimi.mlblogs.com

  7. rudyrob

    Love watching the Pads play. Fun to watch, and play that classic NL style. Eckstein and Gonzalez are two of my favorite players. Saw AG play way back in low A ball, and you could tell then he was going to be a good one. Glad he finally found his way to his (sorta) home town team. Really don’t want him to get traded away, so glad the team is playing well enough that they’ll keep him.

    http://illinoisemaker.mlblogs.com
    http://spotofredincubland.blogspot.com

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