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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the bottom of the 4th, the D-Backs couldn’t muster anything off C.Y. After 4, Padres lead, 3-0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
(Photos courtesy of ESPN.com)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.