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Moving On

The Padres off-season was filled with many question marks after a surprising 2010 campaign where they won 90 games and finished 1 game back of the Giants in the NL West. The off-season started off slowly for the Padres, and quickly for everyone else. There were many free agents going to new teams very early, which Padres GM Jed Hoyer did not expect. “This offseason surprised me. I thought we’d be doing most of this stuff in January, but it went quick, and it was expensive. Our shopping got moved up because we moved Adrian.” I have not written an entry in a while, so I am going to examine the Padres moves so far this off-season, with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report.

The first move Hoyer made was dealing Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb to the Marlins for young talented outfielder Cameron Maybin. You can read about this move right Here.
Next, he made a bold, high risk, high reward move by dealing Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes, and Eric Patterson. Yardbarker sums it up best, saying, “The odds of Ad. Gonzalez signing a long term extension in San Diego are about the odds it might snow there this winter.”
Casey Kelly is a young and talented minor league pitcher who was rated the #1 Red Sox prospect in 2010 and the 24th best prospect in major league baseball by Baseball America. He actually turned down a scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee to play baseball. He played shortstop for the first half of his minor league career, then turned to the other position he was drafted for, pitcher. 
Anthony Rizzo is a good story. He is a cancer survivor who was drafted in the 6th round of the 2007 draft. Last year, he hit 20 HR and drove in 80 RBI’s in AA. He had a chance, if not traded, to make the jump over Lars Anderson as the next 1st baseman for the Red Sox. He was traded and figures to be the Padres starting first baseman in 2012.
Reymond Fuentes is the sleeper in the deal. He is the younger cousin of Mets OF Carlos Beltran. Reymond can play all OF positions, and can fly. He has some wheels. In Single A he hit .270 while stealing 42 bases. He may be 2-3 year away from the big leagues, but if he pans out the Padres have a gem on their hands. 
Eric Patterson was the PTNBL of the deal. He figures to be on the Padres big league club in 2011 as a utility player.
This Adrian Gonzalez deal is interesting. It’ll only be a matter of time until we see who wins this deal. Right now the clear winner is the BoSox. But in a few years, that may be a different story.
The Padres signed Dustin Moseley a few months later, more than likely to replace Edward Mujica in the Friars bullpen. He can make a spot start here and there, and also be a long-relief man if needed.
 
Then, a few days later, the Padres swung a deal for Rays SS Jason Bartlett, who did not figure to be in the Rays’ future plans. Brandon Gomes, Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos, and Cole Figueroa. Ramos and Russell had a few stints with the big league club this past year. Brandon Gomes has good stuff and was probably the key to the deal. Cole Figueroa is a young infielder with not much power but is patient at the plate. He has a decent arm and a good glove. He projects to be a 2nd baseman.
Jason Bartlett gave the Padres what they had been needing for a few years ever since Khalil Greene was traded- a solid defender, a veteran shortstop, and a solid bat. 
The left side of the infield was set with Headley and Bartlett at 3rd base and shortstop respectively. But the right side of the infield was a question mark. 
Hoyer then surprised everyone, agreeing to a 2 year, 11 million dollar contract with the O-Dog, Orlando Hudson. Hudson was coming off a decent year with Minnesota, and was looking for a multi-year deal. The Padres gave him one. The middle of the infield was set. Now, trying to find a first baseman was Jed Hoyer’s main priority.
The Padres offered Derrek Lee 8.5 MM, but he declined, signing with the O’s. Adam LaRoche had signed a deal with the Nationals. First baseman/s were going off the market quickly. Jed Hoyer decided to sign Brad Hawpe, who was coming off a down year, for around 2.5 MM. Hawpe had been a 1st baseman originally, but had to play OF because Todd Helton was blocking him at 1st base. He had always wanted to be a starter at 1st base, and he got his chance with the Padres.
Just today, the Friars have locked up Jason Bartlett thru 2012 on a 2 year deal. The middle infield will be together for a while, it everything goes according to planned.
On a non-baseball note, did anyone else see my Packers ballin yesterday! Go Pack Go!!!!
-John
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Cameron Maybin

On Saturday afternoon, the Padres dealt young right handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to the Marlins for young, talented outfielder Cameron Maybin. The Padres went into their deepest position and talent to cover one of their needs this off-season.

Maybin was drafted 10th overall out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in 2005. He was the 2004 baseball america high school player of the year. He had fantastic success in the Minor Leagues, but has struggled in 548 career big league at bats. 
Maybin has loads of potential, and I’m talking all star potential. He has all 5 tools, but they are very raw, as you can expect. He is only 23 years old. If he did not enter the draft out of high school and went to college instead, in 2011 he will only be in his 2nd pro season. 
There are a few flaws in Maybin’s game, though. Cam has trouble making contact as a big league ballplayer. He only makes contact 81 percent of the time when the ball is in the strike zone, compared to the league average of 88 percent. His defense is sometimes suspect, but he has loads of range. Maybin also has a 3.10 range factor last year, highest in the big leagues.
Now let’s take a look at this deal from a Marlins perspective. It’s apparent that they wanted to rid of any thing that had to do with the Miguel Cabrera blockbuster they pulled off a few years ago, as they also dealt Andrew Miller earlier this week. What the Marlins got were 2 good, solid bullpen arms for Maybin. Ryan Webb has nasty stuff, and will fit in well for the Marlins. Mujica has trouble giving up home runs, but overall he is a solid pitcher.
My take? I think the Padres got a steal. They didn’t deal from their core bullpen guys, and they got a great talent in return. The upside is HUGE with Cameron Maybin. If you look at his stats, you may go, “eh.” But he is only 23 years old. A great talent, and if he can put it together and grow into a big league ballplayer with the Padres, it’ll pay some pretty huge dividends. Time will only tell if this trade was successful or not, but right now, I like it. 
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Edward Mujica - San Diego Padres  v Arizona Diamondbacks
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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!!!!!!

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)

First W of 2010!!!

What a great win. We had pitching, hitting, speed, defense, man, this is what Padres baseball should be. So here is my recap of the Padres 2nd game of the 2010 campaign.

1ST INNING:

In the first inning, the Padres went down 1-2-3. The Diamondbacks also didn’t get a hit, but Stephen Drew did reach base on an error by Chase Headley. He would redeem himself though. More on that later.

2ND INNING:

This is when the Padres started to hit. Not all of the 3 hits of this inning for the Padres were hard, but they all count as the same. It started when Chase Headley singled up the middle with 1 out. Will Venable then struck out. Nick Hundley was up next, and hit a swinging bunt probbly about 35 feet down the 3rd base line, and Mark Reynolds could not make the play. Then, Everth Cabrera doubled home 2 Padres, as the Padres took a quick 2-0 lead.

The D-Backs went down 1-2-3 in the second.

3RD INNING:

The Padres couldnt muster another run in the 3rd, although Tony Gwynn walked a stole a base with no one out. 

The D-Backs could also not muster anything in the 3rd, as C.Y. looked to be in complete control.

4TH INNING:

In the 4th inning, Will Venable knocked his first of the season 400- something feet to right field, as the Padres took a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th, the D-Backs couldn’t muster anything off C.Y. After 4, Padres lead, 3-0.

5TH INNING: 

In the 5th, the Padres couldn’t muster anything.

In the bottom of the 5th, C.Y. ran into a little bit of trouble. Although 2 fantastic back handed stabs and great throws at 3rd by Chase Headley got him out of danger.

6TH INNING:

In the 6th inning, Everth Cabrera struck again. With 2 runners on base, Everth went to the right-center field gap, scoring 2 and ending up with a 2 run triple.

In the bottom half, C.Y. completed his final inning of work. His statline? 6.0 IP, 0 R, 1 hit, and 3 BB. Pretty good for a guy who hadn’t started a regular season game since last season.  

7TH INNING:

The Padres couldn’t ad any insurance in the top of the 7th.

In the bottom half, though, Arizona struck for 3 runs, and I was getting a little nervous. The final out was a fly out to the warning track in left. With a sigh of relief, the score was now 5-3.

8TH INNING:

Although the Padres did have runners on first and second, they couldn’t score.

The D-Backs had a leadoff single against reliever Mike Adams, but couldn’t score, and it headed to the 9th, Padres leading 5-3.

9TH INNING:

In the 9th, Adrian Gonzalez crushed a ball to right field, going, going, gone. His 2nd of this young campaign, and the friars now got a little bit of insurance, the lead now 6-3.

In the bottom half of the 9th, Conor Jackson led off with an infield single. Heath Bell quickly erased that with a 5-4-3 double play, highlighted by a beautiful scoop at first by Adrian Gonzalez. Heath then struck out Justin Upton, and the Padres win!!!!

It was a great first win for the ballclub. It was highlighted by good pitching, good hitting, and speed. This is Padres baseball.

The Padres actually play in a couple of hours, start time at 6:40 PM PT. Kevin Correia starts for the Padres versus Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks. Hopefully the Padres can win the rubber game of this series, and win their first series of this very young season.

The Thunder lost last night, 140-139. It was a great game though. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 45 points, but the Thunder just couldn’t pull this one out in OT.

Have a good rest of afternoon and night everyone! Stay safe, and God bless! 

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

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

(Photos courtesy of ESPN.com)

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.