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  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Source: Padres sign Garland to one-year, $5.3M deal

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/San-Diego-Padres-Jon-Garland-one-year-deal-012610


    The San Diego Padres made their own splash in the free-agent starting pitching market Tuesday, signing right-hander Jon Garland to a one-year, $5.3 million dollar deal.

    The deal is worth $4.7 million in 2010, and includes a $600,000 buyout if the Padres don't pick up a $6.75 millioon mutual option for 2011.

    Garland turned down a deal from the Nationals similar to the one the team gave Jason Marquis -- two years, $15 million. He simply did not want to play for the Nats and preferred the west coast.

    Garland, 30, went 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA in 2009. He spent most of the season with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Dodgers.

    In 10 major league seasons, Garland is 117-102 with a 4.42 ERA. He made the AL All-Star team in 2005 while playing for the White Sox.

    The Mets, who are in need of starting pitching, did not aggressively pursue Garland. The team also struck out on Joel Pineiro, who signed with the Angels, and Ben Sheets who signed with the A's. New York may now turn to John Smoltz.


    Will he be our #2?

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  2. HollywoodLeo

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    Correia will probably be the #2

    Chris Young-Kevin Correia-Jon Garland-Clayton Richard-Mat Latos actually looks like a pretty good rotation provided Richard and Latos can pitch to their potential that they flashed last year and CY can stay healthy.
     
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    Prospects abound in Padres pipeline

    Looks like I'm going to see a pretty good Fort Wayne team when they visit Grand Rapids Whitecaps!!

    :tup:


    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/23/prospects-abound-padres-pipeline/



    The arrival of Kyle Blanks, Mat Latos, Will Venable, Tim Stauffer and Wade LeBlanc last season showed there is more in the Padres farm system than disappointment.

    But the mass injection of prospects in 2009 also eliminated the amount of minor league talent immediately knocking on the Padres door. No rookie is expected to make a major impact this spring.

    Still, there are now prospects moving through the San Diego system with both the draft and the Latin America effort showing results.

    Based on results, potential and proximity to the major leagues, here is a consensus of the Padres’ top prospects:

    1. Simon Castro (RHP, 19): Some view the Dominican Republic product as moving along quickly like Latos with the potential to be a No. 2 or 3 in the rotation. At 6 feet 5 and 211 pounds, Castro has a big arm to go with his body size, along with a repeatable delivery and command of his fastball (90-94 mph). His slider improved last year while going 10-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts for low Single-A Fort Wayne. Works down in the zone. Will likely start the season at Single-A Lake Elsinore but could jump to Double-A San Antonio.

    2. James Darnell (3B, 23): Hits for average as well as power and has a solid feel for the strike zone. He might be better suited to play second or left, especially given his defense and the Padres’ depth at his natural position. An above-average athlete, Darnell has hit .319 in 142 pro games with a .428 on-base percentage. Could start the season at Lake Elsinore or San Antonio.

    3. Logan Forsythe (3B, 23): Like Darnell, Forsythe was drafted in 2008 out of college (Forsythe was the 46th overall pick taken in the supplemental round while Darnell was the second-round pick). The time has likely passed for Forsythe to be tried at catcher, but he might be a candidate at second. Solid offense. Had .429 on-base percentage last year and his 102 walks were second in the minors. Scheduled to start the season at San Antonio.

    4. Drew Cumberland (SS, 21): A series of injuries (hamstring and left wrist last year and oblique strain in 2008) have hampered his progress. But the shortstop, who was the 46th overall pick in the supplemental round of 2007, just turned 21. He can run and throw with good bat approach, although not much power. Hit .293 with .386 on-base percentage with low Single-A Fort Wayne last year. Advances to Lake Elsinore.

    5. Cory Luebke (LHP, 24): Some consider the 6-foot-4 Ohio State product to be the best bet to make the majors and perform among the Padres’ pitching prospects. He is very polished with a 91-93 mph fastball and solid slider and change. After pitching for Lake Elsinore and San Antonio last year (11-4 combined with a 2.78 combined ERA), Luebke played for Team USA. He will probably start the season with Triple-A Portland and be available to the Padres in the summer.

    6. Jaff Decker (LF, 20 next month): The youngest player in the Midwest League last year, Decker led the league in combined slugging-on-base percentage a year after being the MVP of the Arizona Rookie League. Great plate discipline with potential to hit for power and average. Biggest problem: His body looks like a cross between John Kruk and Matt Stairs. Defense and athleticism a question. Will start the season at Lake Elsinore.

    7. Donavan Tate (CF, 19): The Padres broke from their safe mold of drafting accomplished college hitters in selecting the son of former NFL running back Lars Tate with the third overall pick in June’s draft. His ceiling is very high. Great athlete at 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds. Has speed and power. But he swings and misses a lot. Will he hit for average? Goes into first spring training coming off sports hernia surgery and ATV accident that broke his jaw. Didn’t play last summer or winter but will soon play for Fort Wayne this season.

    8. Everett Williams (OF, 19): When he fell to the second round last June, the high school product out of Texas was upset. Padres don’t mind that he wants to prove pundits wrong. Excellent bat speed with quick hands and strength for power, he’s a better natural hitter than Tate. Can play all three outfield positions. Set to open the season at Fort Wayne.

    9. Wynn Pelzer (RHP, 23): He started at Lake Elsinore (11-8, 3.94 ERA) last year but might be better suited to relief and could develop into a closer. Strong with a solid fastball (93-94 mph) and slider. Has had trouble smoothing out his delivery. Should start the season at San Antonio.

    10. Rymer Liriano (OF, 18): The term five-tool prospect hasn’t been heard around these parts since Ruben Rivera, who was a flop. But the Dominican Republic product is considered possibly the best athlete in the system. He hit .350 with eight homers and 44 RBI in 50 games in the Arizona Rookie League last year. Plate discipline is lacking, but he has a very high ceiling. Could join Williams and Tate in a very interesting outfield at Fort Wayne.

    11. Lance Zawadzki (INF, 24): He has been invited to the major league spring training camp. Offense is his ticket to the major leagues and might be enough at second to overcome his defensive limits. At 25 in May, he’s a little old to be a prospect. Hit .289 for San Antonio last year. Loves baseball. Will probably start the season at Portland.

    12. Edinson Rincon (3B, 19): The Dominican Republic product can hit (.370 at short-season Eugene last summer). But his plate discipline and defense are questions. Did we mention he can hit?

    13. Adys Portillo (RHP, 18): The Venezuelan came to the U.S. last year and struggled in the Arizona Rookie League (1-9, 5.13 ERA in 12 starts). But Castro also struggled in his U.S. debut. Young, raw and strong with a live arm and 94-mph fastball. Has the potential to be a top-half of the rotation starter, but is far way.

    14. Aaron Poreda (LHP, 23): Acquired by the Padres from the White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade last July, the 25th player taken in the 2007 draft struggled with his delivery upon reaching the Padres organization (42 walks against 30 strikeouts in 35 innings with Portland and San Diego). Fastball has reached 95, but the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has struggled with his delivery.

    15. Nick Schmidt (LHP, 24): Picked by the Padres two spots ahead of Poreda in the 2007 draft, Schmidt missed 2008 with elbow reconstruction surgery. Spent last year with Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore building up strength. Polished with great command of strike zone although fastball tops out at 88-89 mph. Crucial season.


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    Just found this site.

    http://www.gaslampball.com/2010/1/28/1274065/padres-president-garfinkel-is?ref=yahoo

    Padres President Garfinkel is trying to get Ron Burgundy to throw out the first pitch of the season


    XX Sports Radio: Tom Garfinkel Interview (MP3) with Scott and BR

    * Garfinkel has lost some weight, he sure looks great. He's eating less.
    * Signing Garland was a great move. They made offers to other players that wanted more money. Garland knows how to win.
    * Garfinkel sat next Chris Young at dinner. Young says this is the best team he's ever played on.
    * The division is up in the air this year. It's going to come down to who can stay healthy.
    * Garfinkel would be proud if his 3 boys grow up to be like the young players on the Padres team. "They are the type of guys you want to have over to your house."
    * Eckstein is a gamer and knows how to win. Cabrera has a great work ethic. He made the media wait after he hit a grand slam so that he could work out after the game.
    * Garfinkel sat with Ricky Henderson at a game and Henderson called every pitch.
    * Clayton Richard is the only guy on the team that uses the heaviest bar bells in the gym. He was also a back up quarterback at Michigan.

    Star-divide
    # The Padres have focused their marketing on low cost high impact things. The fans wanted bobble heads. Season ticket holders got a separate entrance for BP. Parking and beer pricing has dropped. He doesn't have the beer prices yet. Mom's want more healthy food for kids. They have a PB&J, Milk and fruit for kids.
    # A caller thinks Enberg is too old. Garfinkel says this is the first complaint he's heard about Enberg. "We're thrilled to have him."
    # Garfinkel says Mark Grant wants Blazing Saddles references to Headley on the scoreboard. Garfinkel says they can make it happen.
    # The Padres are proud to sponsor the military appreciation pavilion at the 14th hole at the golf tournament.
    # Moving the game times allows families to attend, young singles to go out after game (the park at the park will remain open and have more tailgating. It's easier to ditch out of work a little later.
    # They'll be announcing the winning throwback uniform at FanFest.
    # There's a possibility that Jed Hoyer will make another move or two before the season starts.
    # Garfinkel tells the story of Adrian Gonzalez meeting a child and the child's reaction. "You would have thought Jesus Christ himself had just stepped behind him and put his hand on his shoulder."
    # They've heard complaints from fans about the loud PA system. They've been testing it this off season.
    # Moorad and Garfinkel are both big Chargers fans and they support a new stadium.
    # Garfinkel is trying to get Ron Burgundy to throw out the first pitch of the season.
    # Garfinkel invites old man and his wife to opening day.
    # 5000 people have RSVP'd for tonight's event.
     
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    Onward, Friar Soldiers!: A Complete Guide To the 2010 San Diego Padres


    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/333887-onward-friar-soldiers-a-complete-guide-to-the-2010-san-diego-padres


    With the most recent signing of the reliable Jon Garland, the San Diego Padres are likely out of money. This will leave the Fathers with a payroll hovering around $40 million.



    This is likely the team we will be seeing in spring training, with most 25-man roster spots predetermined. Without further ado, your (Opening Day) 2010 San Diego Padres!



    Defense

    Defense is a logical place to start with these Padres, as the starters and positions have been well established since the beginning of the off-season.





    Infield



    Nick Hundley will be the primary starter behind the plate. Defensively, the Padres could do much worse—and they have over the last few years—but Hundley will not be mistaken for Benito Santiago anytime soon. With a 20 percent caught stealing clip, Hundley ranks as slightly below average. That being said, cut the guy some slack, Padre pitchers seem to be trained not to keep runners honest.



    Backing up Nick is unknown at this point, but the current favorite to do so is Dusty Ryan. Ryan, a former top prospect, is the only other catcher currently on the Padres’ 40-man roster.



    Given very few chances at the big league level, the 25 year old catches runners 42 percent of the time in his short career. He will likely be given a chance to take over the starting catcher spot at some point this season.



    First Base is a talent logjam for San Diego, not a phrase that can be muttered much at PetCo Park.



    We all know just how good Adrian Gonzalez is with the bat, despite the PetCo handicap, but sometimes lost is just how good he is defensively.



    When the Padres swindled Gonzalez and pitcher Chris Young from the Rangers in the 2005 offseason, former coach Bruce Bochy knew he was getting a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman, if not a solid hitter. Fresh off his first Gold Glove, Adrian is primed for more fantastic scoops, stretches, and aggressive throws to second base—ready to win another piece of unwearable jewelry.



    The primary backup for Gonzalez figures to be starting LF Kyle Blanks. Little is known at the major league level about his defense, but with his enormous build, it will be tough to imagine too many people making him stretch too far.



    Utility men Oscar Salazar and Jerry Hairston, Jr. figure to find some time at first base as well.



    Whenever describing David Eckstein, it appears as if all writers are universally required to mention the words scrappy, leader, and tough. That pretty much sums up Eckstein, offensively and defensively.



    He will not make it look easy, but he’ll get it done, somehow. Backing up Eckstein will again be Salazar and Hairston, both of whom are decent defenders.



    In one of the only pieces of real estate to change hands in this San Diego defense, Chase Heady – I’m sorry Headley – will take over for the recently traded Kevin Koooouuuuzzzmanoff.



    While it is obvious to anyone that trading away the NL’s best third baseman, by single season fielding percentage, ever, so that the left fielder could come take his place is a downgrade, this does improve the Padres' overall defense.



    Moving the natural third baseman Headley back home allows the beastly Blanks to move to a less liable position in left, while a natural outfielder can take over in right. And honestly, all baseball people know that Kouzmanoff’s numbers were inflated due to his inability to get near a tough ball, as evidenced by his record setting season not earning him a Gold Glove.



    In Yiddish, one of the most insulting things we call someone is boring, so bearing that in mind, Kevin Kouzmanoff is nudne .



    Among the many young players to arrive to and perform for San Diego in 2009 was Everth Cabrera. His blazing speed led to fantastic range and his arm got better as the year progressed. His development gives hope to all Padre fans hoping to say, “Khalil who?"





    Outfield



    The outfield will likely by patrolled by a rotation of Blanks, Anthony Gwynn, Will Venable, and the recently re-acquired Scott Hairston.



    Blanks will primarily control the least demanding left field, while Venable will take much of the right-field duties. A platoon of the consistent Hairston and the speedy Gwynn, version two, will be the ideal situation for center. However, Venable’s experience in the middle will allow the potential for a three-man outfielder-by-committee situation.



    Likely to start in the minors, Aaron Cunningham, acquired alongside Scott Hairston for Kouzmanoff, should reach the majors at some point this season and challenge for regular starts. The same can be said with Luis Durango.





    Offense



    With the platoon in center field, the probable line-up for San Diego will follow different LHP/RHP splits.





    Vs. RHP



    SS Everth Cabrera

    CF Anthony Gwynn

    1B Adrian Gonzalez

    LF Kyle Blanks

    3B Chase Headley

    RF Will Venable

    2B David Eckstein

    C Nick Hundley



    The 1-2 punch of Cabrera and Gwynn acts as one of the speediest tandems in baseball. Both have the ability to manufacture hits while bunting, as well as keen eyes for the plate, which should allow Gonzalez plenty of opportunities to drive in runs.



    However, this is dependent on the streaky Gwynn to be hot, while the young Cabrera to prove last year was no fluke and avoid a sophomore slump.



    Adrian Gonzalez, enough said.



    Blanks is a monster. Standing at the plate at 6’6”/285, it is not surprising that Blanks struck out in more than one-third of his at-bats, while only walking a little more than once every 10 plate appearances. Putting that aside, Blanks wields a heavy stick.



    Crushing 10 home runs in his first 150 at-bats, Blanks shows us that he may have the potential the Padres expect of him, especially when you consider his final 40 games before going down with plantar fascitis in late August (.296/.389/.653 with 10 HR in 98 AB).



    Headley may have finally found himself in the second half of 2009, hitting at almost .300 and with a .377 OBP after the All-Star break. Consistently inconsistent, an extended solid effort brought hope to the San Diego faithful who expected him to develop into an OBP machine.



    Venable seemed to come out of nowhere in 2009, hitting 12 homers in about half a season, including a hot streak where no one could stop him. However, he finished the season with a mere .427 SLG, questioning what to expect from the son of Max.



    For a preview of Eckstein’s season, see my section on his defensive prospects.



    Nick Hundley’s bat leaves much to the imagination, although it had been slightly better after returning from forearm surgery. He will have to play better if he wants to keep his job.





    Vs. LHP



    SS Everth Cabrera

    2B David Eckstein

    CF Scott Hairston

    1B Adrian Gonzalez

    LF Kyle Blanks

    3B Chase Headley

    RF Will Venable

    C Nick Hundley



    Not too much different from the RHP lineup, as the scrappy, leader, and tough Eckstein takes over the scrappy, leader, and tough second position in the lineup. Scott Hairston replaces Gwynn in center as well, and will bat third, getting ample protection from Gonzalez.





    Bench



    The bench will feature Oscar Salazar and Jerry Hairston, Jr. as the primary defensive replacements, while Gwynn/S. Hairston and camp-invite Matt Stairs will be the primary pinch-hitters and interleague DH possibilities. If Stairs has a season like last year, he will not stay on the team for long as coach Bud Black will consider adding another reliever throughout the season.



    Acquired via minor league trade earlier this offseason, backup catcher Dusty Ryan has a career .257/.338/.386 clip with the Tigers, but with only 70 AB, he is a statistical rookie.





    Pitching





    Bullpen



    Most writers would call this maneuver a “segue,” as I mentioned the potential for San Diego to add an extra reliever, as I now talk about the bullpen in earnest.



    Most people would call that last sentence “beating a dead horse,” as I explained the rather obvious transition I previously performed.



    Most readers have now glossed over the rest of this article, sick of waiting for me to continue with the darned analysis, so let’s get to it.



    The bullpen was once again one of the strong suits for the Padres all season long, after taking a year off in 2008.



    Closer Heath Bell comes in fresh off an NL-leading 42-save campaign complete with an All-Star game appearance. While fans shouldn’t get too comfortable with Bell, as he will

    likely be gone by Aug. 1, he will anchor what should be another solid year for the Padres bullpen.



    Bringing the lead to Bell will be primary setup men Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson. Adams, with a new $1 million contract agreed upon before arbitration, was nearly untouchable last season—when he was healthy.



    Health will be his primary enemy as he should take over the reigns as closer for the Fathers once Bell leaves for greener, albeit less sunny, pastures.



    Gregerson was nominated for the “coveted” TYIB setup man of the year award, posting a 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a minute 19 percent inherited runners scored clip.



    Taking over before the seventh inning will be the primary job of Edward Mujica, who posted solid, while not fantastic, numbers in middle relief.



    Left-handed specialist Joe Thatcher was actually better against righties in previous years, but adjustments to his sidearm delivery have allowed him to keep lefties hitting under .200 against him.



    The final bullpen spot will be a battle between sophomores Luis Perdomo, Greg Burke and Adam Russell. All played very well at times, but all played very poor as well.



    Perdomo was on the team from start to finish last year and figures to have the inside track, but the massive Adam Russell is an imposing figure who has the greatest upside of the three. Burke may only be along for the ride.





    Rotation



    Let’s finish the overview with the rotation. The members of the rotation are all but set in stone, even if the order remains unknown.



    Presumptive Opening Day starter Chris Young is finally back after a disappointing 2009, capped by an extended stay on the disabled list. While he would have been able to return in September for a contending team, the Padres preferred to shut him down, hoping to eradicate the injury bug that has plagued him since he arrived in San Diego.



    As 2008 showed us, Young is capable of great things when he is healthy.



    His large frame and over the top delivery make it tough for opposing batters to square up against his tempting pitches high in the strike zone. If he can return to his 2008 form, San Diego has a legitimate ace.



    After Young, the order of the rotation is murky, at best.



    Likely to hold down the No. 2 slot is the dependable Kevin Correia, who acted as the de facto ace for the Padres as they finished strong down the stretch. Correia is far from flashy and probably shouldn’t be a No. 2 pitcher, but he was among the league leaders in starts last year, compiling 12 wins with a sub-4.00 ERA.



    Recently signed Jon Garland will take the No. 3 slot, although he may equally likely take the second spot. Garland's an innings-eater who can be depended on for an ERA around 4.20, and that was in a batter's park in Chicago’s US Cellular Field. That number should drop below 4.00 in the pitcher’s haven of San Diego. While no one expects a repeat of his 2005 campaign, he should mark solid numbers.



    Youthful Mat Latos will take the No. 4 spot, despite the possibility he will play like the ace he projects to become. In his first near-full season, Latos started 10 games in the majors after starting the season in Single-A.



    While struggling at times in the season, Latos showed flashes of brilliance, including his stretch of five games to open his season where he posted a 0.96 WHIP and was 4-1.



    Rounding out the rotation is Clayton Richard, acquired midseason in the Jake Peavy trade. Still young, the tall lefty could wind up as a very consistent No. 3 starter, but right now belongs at the end of the rotation. Posting solid, not spectacular, numbers in San Diego (5-2, 4.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) in the final two months of last season will guarantee him a roster spot this year.







    So that’s the not-so-brief outlook for the 2010 Padres, as we will know them for the start of the season.



    Any situation short of full contention next year will result in the likely departure of Heath Bell, Adrian Gonzalez, David Eckstein, and Chris Young by the July 31 trade deadline.



    In short, magnificent efforts from the youth of this team will be necessary for the Padres to play above .500.



    Prediction—79-83
     
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    This would make me VERY sad

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    I wouldn't mind trading Chris Young if we're out of contention provided Latos and Richard show they can live up to their potential, mainly because CY has been injury prone so I think we'd be selling high provided he starts the season strong.

    I also wouldn't mind selling high on Heath Bell, and if we could get anyone worthwhile for Eckstein then I'd definitely be all for that. (Again, if we're out of contention)

    I wouldn't want to see Adrian traded under any circumstance, however. He's still young and they should build around him.
     
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    I guess I'm with you on Young & Eckstein, but Bell?

    not so much. Unless they get another just like him or better
     
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    The only circumstance I'd be somewhat ok with trading Adrian in would be if Kyle Blanks proves to be just as much as a threat with the bat and we get a proven MLB quality OF starter as part of the deal to go along with a couple top prospects.

    I'd still rather keep Adrian even under that circumstance, but if we're getting a quality OF starter and Blanks is proving to be just as powerful as a threat (which he flashed last year) and we get a couple top prospects on top of it it wouldn't seem quite as bad.

    Unfortunately I don't see an MLB starter coming in a trade if we're selling at the deadline, however.
     
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    I'd like to see some offense on this team.

    Garvey
    Gwynn
    Kennedy
    Martinez
    McReynolds
    Nettles

    man I miss those days!!
     
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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/334731-baseball-preview-nl-west

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    2009 Results: Finished 95-67, won NL West, lost NLCS to Phillies

    Notable Additions: Jamey Carroll and Luis Ayala

    Notable Departures: Randy Wolf, Jon Garland, Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre, Jim Thome, Jeff Weaver, and Jason Schmidt

    Prediction: The Dodgers finished 2009 with the best record in the National League. Thus far they haven't make any big splashes in free agency, but they should expect better returns from their young core of players. Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Clayton Kershaw will look to build upon the success they had last season.

    I would be suprised if the Dodgers start the season without adding another starting pitcher to go with the rotation of Billingsley, Kershaw, Kuroda, and Padilla. If the Dodgers can stay healthy they will certainly be in good shape for their third straight NL West title.


    San Francisco Giants


    2009 Results: Finished 88-74, third in NL West

    Notable Additions: Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff

    Notable Departures: Randy Johnson, Ryan Garko, Rich Aurilia, Brad Penny, Noah Lowrey, and Randy Winn

    Prediction: The Giants surpassed expectations last season to finish in third place. Led by an outstanding young pitching staff, the Giants challenged for the division all season before losing steam in September.

    Starters Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, and Zito will be joined by one of several outstanding young prospects who will compete in spring training for the final spot in the rotation.

    Like the Dodgers, the Giants' lineup is a good mixture of youth and experience. Expect the Giants to give the Dodgers a run for their money this season.


    Colorado Rockies



    2009 Results: Finished 92-70, second in NL West, won the NL Wild Card, lost NLDS to Phillies

    Notable Additions: Miguel Olivo

    Notable Departures: Garrett Atkins, Jason Marquis, Yorvit Torrealba, and Jose Contreras

    Prediction: The Rockies 2009 was a tale of two managers. Clint Hurdle started the season and was fired after leading the team to a 18-28 record. Hurdle was replaced by bench coach Jim Tracy who managed the team to a 74-42 finish and a wild card berth.

    The Rockies offseason has been uneventful and they may be leaning to heavily on their youngsters to carry them in 2010. The Rockies always score runs but whether they contend with the Dodgers and Giants or sink to the level of the Padres and D-Backs will depend on their pitching.


    Padres -

    2009 Results: Finished 75-87, fourth in NL West

    Notable Additions: Jon Garland, Scott Hairston, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Dusty Ryan

    Notable Departures: Kevin Kouzmanoff, Henry Blanco, Brian Giles, and Edgar Gonzalez

    Prediction: The Padres were predicted to lose 100 games in 2009, so I guess you could consider only losing 87 a success.

    2010 will be a continuance of the youth movement and rebuilding in San Diego. Young players like Everth Cabrera, Will Venable, Chase Headley, Kyle Blanks, and Mat Latos will try to pick up where they left off in 2009.

    There is promise in San Diego, but unfortunately for the Padres they are one year behind the rebuilding efforts in San Francisco and Colorado. Expect the Padres to fight off the D-Backs for last place, but that will likely be all they win in 2010.



    Arizona Diamondbacks



    2009 Results: Finished 70-92, last place in NL West

    Notable Additions: Edwin Jackson, Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Heilman, Bob Howry, and Ian Kennedy

    Notable Departures: Eric Byrnes, Chad Tracy, Doug Davis, Scott Shoeneweis, Max Scherzer, and Daniel Schlereth

    Prediction: 2009 was a mess of underperforming and injuries for the D-Backs.

    2010 promises to be a lot better with Brandon Webb returning from injury and the flurry of activity during this offseason. The D-Backs have by far been the most active team in the division this winter, adding several free agents and pulling off a big three-team trade with the Tigers and Yankees.

    If healthy, the top of their rotation (Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, and Edwin Jackson) would be the best in the division, but there are serious questions about the bottom of the rotation.

    Stephen Drew, Chris Young, and Justin Upton are still looking to reach their full potential. Expect an up and down season from the D-Backs as they battle San Diego to stay out of the cellar.
     
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    Optimism abounds as Friars ready for camp

    http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100212&content_id=8072586&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd


    SAN DIEGO -- There's not a whole lot to see on the lonely stretch of Interstate 8 on the ride from San Diego to Phoenix, though Padres closer Heath Bell is embracing the drive next week because of where it will lead him.


    "Every year at this time, it feels like you're on that family trip, going to Disney World," Bell said. "The excitement that comes with it is great. You get to see your teammates, and it's great to strap that uniform on and play catch for the first time."

    Bell will join a handful of his teammates who have already congregated in Peoria, Ariz., for the start of Spring Training. Bell will be there, ready for the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers on Friday.

    The first full-squad workout, including position players as well as pitchers and catchers, is set for Feb. 25. The Padres face the Seattle Mariners in the annual charity game on March 4 at the Peoria Sports Complex.

    The Padres start Spring Training coming off an encouraging finish to last season, when they went 37-25 down the stretch with a roster filled with young players short on Major League experience who will be counted on to contribute in 2010.

    "I don't think this club is as far off as some people think," Padres second baseman David Eckstein said at the end of last season. "They've got to learn how to play the game the right way, because next year, there's not going to be any excuses. These guys are starting to step up."

    And that all starts during the first official workout of spring on Friday.

    "We ended the year very good and everyone has picked us to be last," Bell said. "It' nice to go to Spring Training with a chip on your shoulder."

    The Padres feel internally that their 20-something players, a group that includes third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Nick Hundley, outfielders Will Venable and Kyle Blanks, pitcher Mat Latos and shortstop Everth Cabrera aren't close to reaching their collective ceilings.

    "It was a good group. The pitching staff pitched very well. It was fun to watch," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I've had more comments this winter from our fans about the last two months and how enjoyable it was to watch them play.

    "I know the players left the season with a great taste in their mouths. They're excited about getting to camp."

    First-year general manager Jed Hoyer filled some needs in the offseason, first with a deal that sent popular third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to the A's for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham.

    By adding his older brother, Jerry, the Padres have the best utility man option Black has had in his first three seasons as manager. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba could become more than a mere backup to Hundley, and new starting pitcher Jon Garland adds durability and dependability, something the rotation needed.

    Veteran Matt Stairs signed a Minor League deal. He'll try to make the team to give Black a left-handed bat off the bench late in games.

    These are below-the-radar moves that could certainly pay big dividends in '10. Only time will tell.

    "I can't wait to get to Peoria, to get out on the field, to watch the players and start that process," Hoyer said last week.
     
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    Youth is served with Padres' Decker

    http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100318&content_id=8830576&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd

    PEORIA, Ariz. -- It wasn't until the last game of the regular season was over when a reporter approached Jaff Decker and told him he finished the regular season one point shy of a .300 batting average.

    Naturally, Decker, a Padres outfield prospect, was a little miffed, especially during the subsequent offseason when a family member used it for a little good-natured ribbing.

    "I heard from my dad all the time," Decker said. "He's like, 'How can you not get one more hit?' I wish I had gotten that half a hit or whatever it would have taken. But I'll take .299 and a championship any day over .300 and no championship."

    That's a tradeoff Decker, the 42nd overall pick in the 2008 Draft, can certainly live with.

    Decker was a member of what many regarded as the top Minor League baseball team in professional baseball in 2009 -- the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League, who won 101 games, including the playoffs, for a .678 winning percentage.

    Decker, in his first full-season campaign, hit .299 with 16 home runs, 64 RBIs and a .442 on-base percentage. Not bad for a player who turned 20 years old last month and played against foes who were two or three years older than him.

    "I think that Jaff might have been the youngest guy in the league," said Mike Wickham, the Padres director of Minor League operations. "His approach, though, is as good if not better than guys 2-3 years older than him."

    The TinCaps, despite several player promotions, won the Midwest League championship.

    "It was one of the greatest baseball experiences I've ever had," Decker said. "A bunch of great guys ... we had speed, power, played great defense and had great pitching. To win it and share that with those guys, it was one of the greatest accomplishments I had."

    The season certainly didn't start as well as it finished for Decker, who missed part of the end of Spring Training and April with the TinCaps after suffering a concussion while he gave chase to a fly ball in Arizona.


    "I dove for a ball against the wall and hit the wall the wrong way," Decker said. "It was early in Spring Training. I think I missed the first week and half [of the regular season]. They wanted me to take it slow. But it was fine. I got back on track fast."

    Decker hit .238 in seven games in April for the TinCaps but hit his stride in May (.309) and his consistent play served him well even in the dog days of the season, as Decker would hit .320 in August all while playing more games in one season than he ever had.

    "I think I held up pretty well. I think it was 500 at-bats altogether," Decker said. "I thought it was going to be worse than it was, like in July, how you get homesick. But I don't think my play suffered."

    Nor did his play suffer in a league where he was consistently facing pitchers who were older than him and, in many cases, had pitched at the college level.

    "I've been playing against older guys my entire life," Decker said. "I played on varsity my freshman year. The older guys have more experience than I do. But I look at it as I can learn more from them. I'll talk to the college guys more about how to endure a long season. I had some guys on the team that helped me a lot."

    Something else that has helped Decker is living within 10 minutes of the Padres' Spring Training facility in Peoria, Ariz. Decker, a left-handed hitter, attended high school in Peoria at Sunrise Mountain High.

    "I got pretty lucky where I don't have to travel the whole nation," he said. "It was really important my first year as well, being able to go to the complex to work out and hit. It's kind of an all-year-round thing for me."

    Wickham said Decker will begin the season at Class A Lake Elsinore of the California League, where he'll again be one of the youngest players in the league. As for what the Padres want to see from him in 2010, it's mostly more of the same.

    "Hitting lefties, but we feel that is something that will come with experience," Wickham said. "He'll get it. We would like to see him continue to use the whole field and not get into pull-mode.

    "He'll get it. He's got a real polished approach. That's what we're trying to teach."
     
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    I'm thinking 72-90.

    But I'm generally optimistic.
     
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    Meet Your 2010 San Diego Padres, Early Morning Horrid Photo Edition:

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/apr/03/meet-padres/

    This is mostly right for the 25-man roster, except they just sent Adam Russell to Portland for lefty specialist Caesar Ramos.

    Joe Thatcher was just put on the DL with a sore shoulder.
     
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    http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100401&content_id=9048608&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd

    The Padres created quite a stir in Spring Training with their go-go mentality on the bases, but when Opening Day rolls around on Monday in Phoenix, they hope the storyline going forward will be their pitching.

    Jon Garland, a free-agent acquisition in the offseason, makes his first Opening Day start for his new team, when the Padres face the D-backs at Chase Field at 2:10 p.m. PT.

    From the day the Padres inked Garland in January, they've talked highly of his durability and dependability, pointing to the fact he has thrown at least 191 2/3 innings every season since 2002.

    San Diego hopes it's an example those who follow him in the rotation can follow. Based on what Garland saw in Spring Training from the other pitchers in the rotation, he thinks it's possible that Chris Young, Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard and Mat Latos can follow in line.

    "I've been on a pitching staff where one guy gets on the roll and the second guy gets on a roll and the third guy gets on a roll. When that happens, good things happen," Garland said. "That confidence builds."

    Garland said he was flattered by the words Bud Black shared with him when he was pulled in the manager's office for the news.

    "He said, 'I like the way you go about your business ... and I want people to follow your lead.' It was sort of a pat on the back, for him to have that respect for me," Garland said.

    "He's been good to me ever since he was the pitching coach in Anaheim. Coming from a guy who was a pitcher himself, and a pretty good one, that feels good."

    Garland, who signed a $4.7 million contract in January with a mutual option for 2011 and a $600,000 buyout, went 11-13 last season with a 4.01 ERA between six starts with the Dodgers and 27 with the D-backs.

    Garland has a career record of 117-102 with a 4.42 ERA over a 10-year career in the Major Leagues.

    Garland spent the first eight seasons of his career with the White Sox. He won 18 games in 2005 and again in '06. He made the American League All-Star team in '05.

    "There's a reason Jon fits perfectly with what we're looking to accomplish this winter," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. "He's a young veteran, and we think can provide innings. He's always pitched in hitter's parks except the last month of the season with the Dodgers.

    "Coming to the Padres and pitching in PETCO will help him a great deal. We think he will thrive here."
     
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    Padres improving (rapidly!) with style that matches ballpark

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] The most surprising team in the majors heads east this weekend and, yes, San Diego will take a charter flight to Cincinnati for the opening of a three-game series Friday night. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] It will be one of the few times the Go-Go Padres aren't running to their destination. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT]
    [​IMG] Everth Cabrera and the Padres have gotten creative in huge Petco Park. (AP) [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Their current six-game winning streak and first-place standing in the NL West has been fueled by an emphasis on team speed and derring-do on the base paths. [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Tuesday, Chase Headley's three steals keyed a 1-0 win in which the Padres mustered just one hit (last time the Giants franchise held an opponent to one hit and lost: 1917). Wednesday, Tony Gwynn Jr. scored a run on Everth Cabrera's suicide squeeze -- after Gwynn had reached on a bunt single, took second on an errant pickoff attempt and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] When you rank 29th in the majors in payroll -- only Pittsburgh's $34.9 million falls below the Padres' $37.8 -- you need to get creative. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] When your home park has more acreage than just about anywhere else, you need athletes who can cover ground. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] The Padres, now playing in their seventh season in Petco Park, finally have figured that out. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] There is no telling whether their current bonanza can last over the rugged terrain of 162 games. But given their hot start and Boston's early problems, and after months of trade rumors, what if Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez actually already is with a contender? [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "From what I've seen, it's causing mass confusion," left fielder Kyle Blanks said of the Padres' brand-new running game. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] And that comment came during the last few days of spring camp, before the Padres trampled the Diamondbacks and Giants to complete a 7-2 homestand Thursday. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Looking to sharpen the edges of the full-speed assault he intended to unleash, Padres manager Bud Black worked the green light often this spring. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] San Diego ran wild, its 50 steals by far leading the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. Next was Washington with 42, followed by the White Sox at 39. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Now, over the season's first three weeks, the Padres lead the NL with 17 thefts. Across the majors, only Tampa Bay and Texas (18 apiece) have more. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "It's awesome," Gonzalez said. "It makes me want to get involved." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Whoa, let's not get too crazy. Gonzalez, over 713 big league games, has exactly one steal. That came last year. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "I may try to sneak one in now just to try to get into the stat column," he quipped. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Or, at least to try and not fall too far behind speedy teammates like third baseman Headley (five steals), shortstop Cabrera and outfielder Will Venable (three each) and the two Juniors, Tony Gwynn and Jerry Hairston (two each). [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "We have some very talented guys," Gonzalez said. "Guys who will go from first to home. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "I've got a feeling we're going to lead the league in triples, too. There are big gaps in Petco, and we have some guys who can run and are not going to stop. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "That's the most fun for me. You can see other teams are worried about it." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] The Padres this spring brought former outfielder Dave Roberts in to specifically work with players on the art of stealing bases, leading off and reading pitchers. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "He brought all his knowledge," Gonzalez said. "And, the great thing about Dave is, his knowledge isn't just his knowledge -- it's Maury Wills', and it's that of others he's been around during his career. Dave loves the game, and he takes knowledge in. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "Ricky [Renteria, Padres first-base coach] does a great job, all of our coaches combined. And when you added Dave to the mix ..." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Biggest question is, what on God's green earth took the Padres so long to figure out that speed can and should be a lethal weapon in a cavernous park that still retains the new-car smell? [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Granted, the first couple of years in Petco were experimental. When clubs move into new digs, it always takes a year or two to learn how the park plays. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Then-general manager Kevin Towers figured it out quickly enough and added some speed elements by 2006 (center fielder Roberts, rookie second baseman Josh Barfield) and 2007 (center fielder Mike Cameron). [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] But after losing a one-game playoff to Colorado in '07, a philosophical divide under then-president Sandy Alderson corroded the front office and, ultimately, the team. By opening day '08, lineup spots were opened to outfielder Paul McAnulty and other one-dimensional players with the potential to compile high on-base percentages and not much else. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] It was an incredibly flawed premise in Petco, and even on the road, and it thoroughly sabotaged pitchers such as Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Greg Maddux -- which, at the time, was the one clear strength of the club. Meantime, what those Padres lacked in defense, they certainly did not make up for in criminally boring station-to-station offense. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Alderson left the club last April as new vice-chairman Jeff Moorad assumed control from soon-to-be-former-owner John Moores. Towers was fired last October during a front-office reorganization. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Under Moorad and new GM Jed Hoyer, the Padres finally have a plan to incorporate personnel that fits their park. They do not match up talent-wise with some of the NL West's heavy hitters -- the roster remains thin after Gonzalez, with nary a Matt Kemp or Tim Lincecum or Troy Tulowitzki to be found -- but what they lack in marquee power, they have in panache. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] What these Padres want now is the "Petco player." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "With the spaciousness of our field, historically, there's been low-scoring games," Black said. "So you've got to defend. And, also, with that, there are those players whose power has to be legit, raw power. Guys like Blanks and Gonzalez." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] And within that, with home run totals having declined in the years since testing was instituted for performance-enhancing drugs. ... [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "Athleticism is the word around baseball now," Black said. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] It's something that was in inexplicably low supply in San Diego in 2008 and in the first half of 2009, and it's something that is back in abundance now. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Plus, the players are having a blast. So far, the Runnin' Padres have only been caught stealing three times. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] "You go from runners in double-play position to runners in scoring position," Blanks said. "And sometimes when the throw doesn't make it where it should, you end up with guys on third base." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Said Gonzalez: "We could have seven or eight guys with 10-plus stolen bases this year." [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] Doesn't mean the Padres will ride all this to 90 wins. But it's guaranteed to make them entertaining and watchable -- two things they weren't as Alderson pressed forward with his plan during the dark days of '08. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] For more from Scott Miller, check him out on Twitter: @ScottMCBSSports [/FONT]
     
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    I went to 6 out of the 9 Opening homestand games. All but 2 were wins. Lots of fun.

    I was at Eck's walkoff HR, Chase's in-the-park-HR...

    Freaking fantastic pitching, good hitting, stellar defense and SPEED made those games fun to watch. :icon_banana:

    Our bullpen continues to shine. :tup:
     
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    It wasn't an inside-the-park HR. It was a double with a throwing error.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me. Clayton Richard also hit a HR. No, thats right, it was a double off the wall.

    whatever
     
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    Pads are on freakin fire!

    7 game win streak, Headly and Gonzo look like All Stars.
     
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    Padres stroke 13 singles vs. Brewers

    By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
    Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.

    SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres tied a team record with seven straight singles during a five-run fifth inning - including pitcher Wade LeBlanc's career-high third hit of the night - and went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 Thursday night.

    The NL West-leading Padres won their seventh straight home game and for the 11th time in 13 games overall.:icon_banana:
    San Diego's 13 hits were all singles.

    LeBlanc (2-0) struck out six, walked none and held Milwaukee to eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA from 0.82 to 0.52.

    After struggling early against Doug Davis (0-3), including taking four straight called third strikes, the Padres broke through with four runs on four hits in the fourth. The first four Padres batters reached base and scored.

    The Associated Press
     
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    wish I could see them while they are HOT HOT HOT!!!
     
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    http://scott-miller.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6270335/21488124

     
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    PADRES: Latos comes within infield single of perfect game :tup:

    BY DAN HAYES - dhayes@nctimes.com | Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:18 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Often, when a pitcher is throwing a gem like Mat Latos was on Thursday afternoon, his best innings occur either early in the game or during the middle. Rarely, as the saying goes, does a pitcher save his best stuff for the late innings.

    But with seven mostly stress-free innings behind him and his first career shutout in sight, Latos and his extraordinary stuff even managed to catch battery mate Nick Hundley off-guard in the eighth inning of a 1-0 Padres win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
    Behind Latos' one-hit shutout, the Padres completed a second consecutive three-game sweep of the Giants and opened a 3 1/2-game lead over them in the National League West.

    The Padres' eighth shutout concluded a 5-1 road trip ---- their second straight winning trip away from Petco Park ---- and improved their NL-best record to 22-12.

    "In the eighth inning, I think he just turned it up a notch," Hundley said of Latos, who retired 27 of 28 batters on 107 pitches. "I noticed it catching, like 'Wow.' I talked to (manager Bud Black) about him going back out there, and there was no questions in either of our minds."

    Showing no lingering disappointment from losing his bid for a perfect game in the top of the sixth inning, Latos charged toward the first complete game of his career. He started the eighth inning by inducing a weak popup off the bat of Juan Uribe. John Bowker followed with a groundout to third base, and Eli Whiteside -- who had led off the sixth inning with an infield single that bounced off the heel of Latos' glove -- grounded out to shortstop.

    With the aid of "a lot of adrenaline," Latos then returned in the ninth inning to mow down Matt Downs, pinch-hitter Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand to conclude a stretch in which he retired 55 of 58 batters. Thursday's outing was 17 days after the shortest start of Latos' career -- a 2 2/3-inning performance against the Florida Marlins in Miami.

    Since then, Latos is 2-1 with 0.78 ERA in 23 innings. He has allowed only nine hits and three walks with 19 strikeouts during the stretch.

    "I think it's just the efficiency of getting the ball in the strike zone," Black said. "It goes along with the confidence and the mind-set. When things are going your way, you feel good about throwing strikes and going after hitters. When things aren't going your way, you're a little bit more tentative -- your stuff isn't any different."

    Latos attributes his recent success in part to a move to the left side of the rubber, a shift suggested by pitching coach Darren Balsley that Latos said has dramatically increased the effectiveness of his two-seam fastball. Asked the difference he has seen from behind the plate, Hundley pointed to a seventh-inning strikeout of San Francisco slugger Pablo Sandoval, who flailed at two fastballs that ended up well off the plate.

    "He's got great action," Hundley said. "You don't see (Sandoval) swing and miss too often."
    Said Latos: "I feel a lot more comfortable throwing two-seamers away to (left-handers) and then going in to right-handers."

    Latos was just as comfortable at the plate against Jonathan Sanchez in the fifth inning. Batting with one out, he got just enough of a Sanchez pitch for a line-drive single to right field to drive in Lance Zawadzki, who had doubled.

    The Padres managed only three hits in eight innings off Sanchez, who also lost a 1-0 decision to Latos on April 20 despite throwing a one-hitter.
     
  28. matilack

    matilack #therealagent47

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    Alright I was wrong, beating the Rays twice in a row says...Padres are pretty damn good.


    But we are pretenders until we add another serious bat to the lineup.
     
  29. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Trevor Phillips Enterprises

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    Why? Because a win doesn't count unless it's due to an offensive onslaught?

    Not that I'm denying the need for offensive help.
     
  30. Holy_Bolt

    Holy_Bolt Well-Known Member

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    I'm so glad I bought the MLB package again this year. I paid almost $180 thinking I would be watching a losing season...I just love baseball, so I paid it anyway. Living in Oregon we typcially get Seattle games, but that just does not do it for me. I'm a Padre at heart and certainly a national league guy. National league is real baseball!

    Go Pads...no trading Gonzo this year! Hurray!:tup:

    I also agree...beating the Rays is significant; they are a very good team.
     

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