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PADRES Midterm Report

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Padres midterm report
    07/12/2006 10:00 AM ET By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com

    Pitching and defense. This has been the San Diego Padres' mantra throughout the first half, with their solid arms and superb defense keeping them in games while the offense searches for consistent production.
    From Chris Young, the Rangers' gift to the rotation in a winter blockbuster trade, through closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman, the pitching has surpassed all preseason expectations. If Jake Peavy starts getting some run support and keeps his tendinitis-plagued shoulder in pitching condition, the staff should get even better.
    The restructured middle relief corps of Brian Sweeney, Scott Cassidy, Alan Embree (now on the disabled list), Jon Adkins and Brian Sikorski has been solid in front of Hoffman and Scott Linebrink. Newly arrived sidearmer Cla Meredith has good potential.
    Chan Ho Park, Clay Hensley and Woody Williams began the season in the bullpen, but all three have emerged as dependable starters in support of Young and Peavy. Mike Thompson was solid when he replaced Williams for six weeks.
    The offense has rallied, with Mike Cameron driving the ball and providing a dynamic presence. Dave Roberts was having a splendid season before injuring his right knee crashing into a wall and missing two weeks. Brian Giles has been consistent, and Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Barfield have added youthful enthusiasm. Khalil Greene has been clutch, and Mike Piazza has provided power and expertise behind the plate, supported ably by Josh Bard and Rob Bowen. Mark Bellhorn, Geoff Blum, Eric Young and Ben Johnson have been quality role players.
    Club MVP: Hoffman. His teammates know how lucky they are to have an incredibly consistent ninth-inning hammer. Hoffy has been as good as ever as he tracks down all-time saves leader Lee Smith, who could fall to second by the end of the season.
    Call him 'Ace': The dominant and determined Young has been brilliant, taking the pressure off Peavy as the acknowledged ace waits for everything to come together in prime-time form.
    Greatest strength: A league-best defense has been the team's calling card all season. Cameron, Greene, Barfield and the catching triumvirate have been sturdy up the middle.
    Biggest problem: Consistent production from the offense is all that's preventing this team from taking flight. Vinny Castilla's difficulties have been magnified by a lack of reliable production around the veteran third baseman.
    Biggest surprise: Bard and Bowen came out of nowhere -- Bard in a deal with Boston, Bowen from the waiver wire -- to provide unexpected pop and solid defense in support of Piazza.
    Team needs: More thunder in the offense is the obvious missing ingredient. It could come from within or from a deal.

    Oh, doctor:
    • Doug Brocail** -- Hoping to come back soon after two spring angioplasties.
    **off the DL today, Cassidy to AAA
    • Ryan Klesko -- Shoulder surgery has him out until August.
    • Cameron -- Missed the first three weeks with a strained oblique.
    • Shawn Estes -- Out for the season with reconstructive elbow surgery.
    • Bowen -- Missed two weeks with a sprained thumb.
    • Williams -- Back in the rotation after missing 44 games with a strained left calf.
    • Roberts -- Returning to action after missing two weeks with a bruised right knee.

    He said it: "We're becoming a pretty darn good ballclub." -- Cameron

    Mark your calendar: July 20-23 at San Francisco; Aug. 8-10 at New York Mets; Aug. 21-23 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; Sept. 19-21 vs. Arizona.

    ***Fearless second-half prediction: The best pitching and defense in the league and just enough timely hitting will be enough to carry the Padres to another NL West title in a great race to the finish.***

    I like the way this guy thinks!:tup: I want a power 3B and a Lefty reliever.
     
  2. SDRaiderH8er

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    I wouldnt care if Klesko comes back.

    But we do need to make something happen with this offense, and the trading deadline is coming fast.
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    The Pads have seemed to have found their bats the 6 games previous to the All-Star. Let's hope they didn't lose them over the course of this week.
     
  4. rexy2006

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    They are peddling Klesko and his fat contract hard and fast to anyone that will listen.

    We REALLY need some power from third base. Dont think a trade with Klesko will do it.
     
  5. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    That huge contract of his will be hard to unload.They might have to include a top prospect in the deal.
     
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