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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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Thank you!

Hey everyone, thank you so much for checking out my blog!!! I really appreciate everyone checking out my blog! I was recently 39th on the MLBlogs leaders list, and I am very happy. To all my readers, thank you very much!!!! 

 So the Padres did not play well at all this past weekend. Absolutely no offense. They scored a total of 4 runs the whole series. I give credit to the Dodgers pitching staff, they shut us down. I’m really mostly worried about Kyle Blanks, 
Will Venable,
 
and Adrian Gonzalez. 
These guys are all slumping. I know its not time to push the panic button, its really early in the season, but I am still concerned. Hopefully they can break out of their slumps very soon, we need their bats in the lineup.
There is one man who has been swinging the bat well. That is Yorvit Torreabla. The dude can flat out hit. He has been the best bargain in free agency. 
The Padres look to end their 3 game skid versus the Giants tonight at 7:05 PM PT. I can’t wait, Clayton Richard goes for the Padres versus Matt Cain of the Giants.
Have a good afternoon and night everyone, and God bless!
GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rollin!!!!

These Padres are rolling. 4 wins in a row, great pitching, defense, everything. Plus a little drama. It all started on Friday versus the Diamondbacks. 

Things weren’t looking good on Friday. The Pads were down by 3 in the 7th, until the came to life. They got a leadoff double by Kyle Blanks, he advanced to 3rd on a flyout, and scored on a ground out. Good job of manufacturing a run. In the 8th, the Padres loaded the bases, and Kyle Blanks walked, forcing in a run. Scott Hairston was unable to capitalize with the bases loaded, and the score was 3-2 going into the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, Nick Hundley led off with a walk. He advanced to 2nd on a Jerry Hairston sac bunt, and then Everth Cabrera struck out. It was all up to Eckstein. He doubled of Gerardo Parra’s head in left, scoring Hundley. It was 3-3!! Then the D-Backs proceeded to walk A-Gon. Bringing up- Chase Headley. He did this: 
He deposited a 3 run walk off dinger into the stands in right, a BOMB. I was going nuts. Final score, 6-3 Pads. 
I went to game 2 at PETCO on Saturday. It was great. Before the game, Adrian Gonzalez received his Gold Glove for the 2009 season. It was great.
The Padres scored in the 1st on a double play groundout to make it 1-0. In the 4th inning, Nick Hundley sent a liner over the wall in left for his first big fly of the season. 
There was no more scoring until the 7th, when Scott Hairston walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-0. Nick Hundley was up next, and hit a little ducksnort single, scoring 2. 
The Padres then shut out the D-Backs over the next 2 innings, and the Padres took game 2, 5-0. 
Game 3 was much like game 1, in a way. The D-Backs took a quick 2-0 lead, and held it until the bottom of the 7th. Leading off the bottom of the 7th was Scott Hairston and he hit a homer just over the left field wall, making it 2-1. 
The D-Backs then proceeded to get the next two outs. Everth Cabrera then singled, stole second, and Jerry Hairston then hit a run scoring double. Of course, they walked Adrian again. Chase Headley got another chance to make the D-Backs pay for walking A-Gon, and boy, did he cash in. He hit a 2 run double.  Then the cutoff man botched the throw home, and Chase ran all the way around to score. It was awesome!!!!! Mike Adams then did a great job, as he retired the D-Backs 1-2-3. Heath Bell came in to shut the door. Although he gave up a run scoring double to Stephen Drew, he still earned the save, and the Padres swept the D-Backs, final score was 5-3. 
The Padres began a 3 game series at home versus the Giants last night. Clayton Richard was pitching for the Padres versus Matt Cain of the Giants.
The Padres got a quick run in the first inning on a Adrian Gonzalez sac fly. 
The Giants got that run back in the 4th, though. Pablo Sandoval hit a run scoring single, making the score 1-1. In the 6th, Kyle Blanks led off with a triple. Will Venable then hit a sac fly, and the Padres took the lead. There was no more scoring until the top of the 9th, when Heath Bell came in to try and shut the door. But Juan Uribe hit a solo homer, tying the score. It was still 2-2 going into the bottom of the 10th, when David Eckstein led off the inning with a drive to deep left field, going, going, GONE!!! 
PADRES WIN!!! Eck hit a walk off homer, and the Padres won 3-2!!!
He then got a Gatorade bath after:
The Padres team is playing hard, with efforts such as this:
And things are coming together. Hopefully the Padres can keep this win streak alive. Mat Latos goes for the Padres tonight versus Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants.
The Thunder also play tonight in game 2 versus the Lakers. The Thunder had a tough game on Sunday, losing 87-79. Hopefully they can take game 2.
Have a good rest of afternoon and night everybody!! Stay safe, and God bless.
GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO THUNDER!!!!!!!!!!!!
(photos courtesy of espn.com)

Tough L

Man, what a tough game to start the 2010 campaign. Very tough. Here is the recap:

 In the first inning, the Padres went down 1-2-3. 
In the bottom of the first, along with an Everth Cabrera error that really hurt the Padres, Miguel Montero hit a 2 run single. Bam. Just like that. Down 2-0 versus a fantastic pitcher.
In the second inning, The Padres got their first heat of the season, a double by Chase Headley with 1 out. But they couldn’t get him home, and the score remained 2-0, D-Backs.
In the bottom of the second, the D-Backs went down 1-2-3.
Padres did nothing in the top of the 3rd, but in the bottom of the 3rd Mark Reynolds went deep, a 2 run shot.
In the 4th, the Padres again went down 1-2-3. In the bottom half, Stephen Drew hit an inside the park homer to put the D-Backs up 6-0. 
There was not much action until the top of the 7th, when Adrian Gonzalez doubled. Chase Headley brought him home with a single, making it 6-1.
The score remained 6-1 until, with 2 outs in the top of the 9th, A-Gon and Kyle Blanks went back-to-back, making it 6-3. But that was all the Padres could muster, and the D-Backs win game 1, 6-3.
   It was a tough loss, but they just needed to get their Opening Day jitters out of the way. I’m feeling a win for the Pads tonight, as Chris Young takes the hill versus Edwin Jackson.
Have a good afternoon and night everyone, stay safe, and God Bless!!! 
GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!!

My Apologies

I am so sorry that I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve been playing a lot of basketball recently, i’ve been to Fresno, and now I am on Spring Break, so life is going pretty well. Life is going pretty well for the Padres as well. They’ve shown some real promise, if i’m not mistaken, they are 15-10-1 this spring. But records don’t matter whatsoever at this point. The Friars have played well. Chase Headley, most of all. This guy was slumping for 2 years, with an average around .250 while playing left field. Now in ST, he has 20 RBI’s in 18 games while he’s returned to an everyday 3rd baseman. Possibly playing at his natural postition will improve his numbers dramatically? I sure hope so.

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images and Fanhouse.com)

So I am going to be in school Monday April 5th, at 2:10 PM, and probably will be pulling my hair out in class, It’s going to drive me crazy knowing that my Padres are playing the first game of the season and I won’t even be able to watch it. I think i’ll sneak my iPod Touch into the class and follow the game secretly with MLB At Bat 2010.

 (Photo courtesy of ditii.com)

Maybe that’ll work, idk. I just hope my teacher doesn’t read this blog!!!! Haha cuz if he does I’m sure he’ll be keeping an eye on me in class, making sure I am following his lesson instead of the Padres. 

The Padres named Jon Garland the Opening Day starter. This surprised me a lot because i thought maybe C.Y. or K-Cor would get the nod. But Buddy Black knows what he’s doing. Oh yeah, and Garland starting Opening day means C.Y. will be hurling the rock at the home opener on April 12th. 

Man, all this talk about baseball is getting me pumped. Another season, another 162 games, Even though the Padres may not get there this year, they still got a good solid bunch of young guys that will make a difference. 

Have a good night everybody,  and God Bless!

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

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

Countdown to Opening Day: 19 Days

     OK, so I’ve decided to countdown to Opening Day on my blog, and it is really hard to believe that it is just 19 days until the Padres play their st game of the season on the road versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. I can’t wait, it’s gonna be a season filled with excitement, you and i can be sure of that.
       So now, getting down to business. The Friars are 4-9 in Spring Training. Big deal. Lol it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the Phillies had a 13-19 record in Spring Training last year- and look how they ended up- as NL Champs. In fact, even the Angels (3-8), Pirates (4-8), Rangers (4-8), and Orioles (5-8) have similar records as the Padres. So nothing to worry about. They are just getting their timing down and adjusting to playing ball everyday again.
      I really wish that I could’ve tried to sign up earlier to play some senior league baseball at my local little league, but the teams have already been set up and I wasn’t able to get a spot because I waited too long to try and sign up… oh well. I’ll play in the summer. In the meantime, I think i’m gonna play in a basketball league with some of my friends, so that will be fun.
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Padres play today versus the KC Royals at 1:05 PM PT. Clayton Richard and Sean Gallagher are scheduled to pitch today. Also, the OKC Thunder play at 4 PM PT versus the Charlotte Bobcats. Both should be great games.

Also, outsidephillies had my 300th comment on my blog earlier this week! Thanks for checking out my blog outsidephillies and everyone!!!

Have a great day, and God bless.

GO PADRES!!!!!!!!!

GO THUNDER!!!!!!!!!

Let’s go back to the old uni’s!!!!

I think that the Padres should go back to their old mustard colored and brown uniforms. They are so cool. I remembered how awesome they are because Donovan Tate was sporting them at a PETCO game the day they signed him last year, and it is also one of the stories on Padres.com about Donovan Tate. Simply, I think they should go back to those uniforms. 

 
I am glad that they are at least wearing them- with the exception of the first game, where they will wear their white old uniforms- on every Thursday day game at PETCO Park. Hopefully, sometime during the summer on a Thursday when they are wearing the throwback uni’s, I can go.
My apologies on the last post if i forgot anyone who has hit a clutch bomb in a key situation, there have been a lot of clutch homers in history and I just selected a few.
This wait for baseball is killing me. I can’t wait for Opening Day.
3 days till MLB 10 the show comes out!!!
Have a good afternoon and night everyone, and God bless!
Go Padres!!!!