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Padres Spring Training 2009

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    03/29/09 7:14 PM ET
    Eckstein, Cabrera lead Padres
    Starter Baek leaves in fourth inning with strained flexor tendon

    By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

    PADRES 7, DODGERS 3

    at Phoenix
    Sunday, March 29


    Padres at the plate: Everth Cabrera doubled home two with two out in the second inning. David Eckstein singled home two runs in the fourth. All nine Padres starters reached base.

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    Dodgers at the plate: Matt Kemp slugged a two-run homer in the fourth inning, singled twice and made a diving catch in center field. Manny Ramirez doubled, walked and struck out twice.

    Padres on the mound: Starter Cha Seung Baek left the game with a strained flexor tendon after allowing a two-run homer to Kemp with one out in the fourth inning. Edwin Moreno took over and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, followed a scoreless inning from former Dodgers reliever Duaner Sanchez.

    Dodgers on the mound: Josh Lindblom, the 21-year-old rookie, pitched three scoreless innings. Jason Schmidt, who didn't know he was starting until he arrived Sunday, struck out three of the first six batters he faced but also allowed a two-run double in the second inning and was charged with three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Tanyon Sturtze and Erick Threets, bidding for bullpen jobs, were both scored upon following Schmidt. Hong-Chih Kuo allowed a wind-aided run. Cory Wade pitched a scoreless inning.

    Cactus League records: Padres 8-17-4, Dodgers 13-17
    Up next: The Padres travel to Goodyear, Ariz., on Monday to face the Indians at 4:05 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by the MLB Network. Kevin Correia, who pegs to be the No. 4 starter, gets the start for the Padres.

    The Padres haven't fared well against American League teams this spring, going 2-11-2, with two losses to the Indians.

    03/29/09 7:14 PM ET
     
  2. rexy2006

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    Making a case for or against Everth Cabrera ...

    Now that Chris Burke has been traded to the Seattle Mariners, it's safe to assume that Rule 5 pick-up, 22-year-old Everth Cabrera will make the 25-man roster as a backup infielder as will Edgar Gonzalez.

    So ... do you like this move?

    For me, I'm a little torn. Here's why:

    The case for Cabrera: Upside, upside, upside. He's 22, has speed (something the Padres have very little of) and pegs as an above-average defender at some point. Plus, the Padres have no upper-level shortstop prospects on the horizon. And, if the team is going to struggle, you can probably get away with keeping him, hiding him, whatever on the roster. Manager Bud Black can use him in games as a pinch-runner. Remember, the guy stole 73 bases a year ago. Keep him on the roster this year and next year, as a 23-year-old, send him to Double-A or Triple-A.

    The case against Cabrera: In this day and age, and especially in the National League, you need every one of your roster spots. Double-switches, pinch-hitting for the pitcher, etc. You get it. I'm not sure Cabrera, who hasn't played a lick above the Single-A level, can hold his own (not should he be expected to) at the Major League level just yet. There's no way to work out a deal with Colorado, as they hated to lose him in the first place. He sticks or he's gone. Cabrera's defense (eight errors) has been iffy this spring. He'll make some very nice plays on tough balls but will struggle on the routine stuff. Errors have been made out of aggression, which is fine by me.

    So now it's your turn. Keep him or send him back? What's better for the Padres in 2009 and beyond?

    Cheers, Corey


    • Posted on March 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM
     
  3. rexy2006

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    Thoughts from Goodyear ...

    VERY good responses on the Cabrera question. Looks like he's a keeper. I'll throw out another question tomorrow. Let's keep things rolling here at the blog and get some good discussions on the Padres going. I appreciate the feedback.

    Anyways, about Monday ... what have we learned?

    Kevin Correia is the No. 4 starter. He has been and will continue to be that until the Padres do something else there. I like his stuff, personally. He had three walks today but he was in a fair amount of deep counts where he wasn't willing to concede anything Walks happen, but I think his command is, generally, pretty good. The changeup has been a good pitch for him.

    Cha Seung Baek will miss his first start and will likely (in my opinion) head to the DL to start the season. He was throwing well on Sunday, a lot better than he has, before he began to feel tightness in his forearm. It's a strain and it could be worse but the Padres are still concerned. He'll be shut down at least a week.

    What does this mean for the rotation? I think the Padres go Peavy-Young to start their series against the Dodgers and then go either Correia or Walter Silva in the third game. Then one of those guys will go the fourth game with Shawn Hill -- if he gets stretched out enough between now and then -- to essentially be the fifth starter for the time being. Call it a hunch.

    I really like this new kid, Frankie De La Cruz. He goes by Frankie, but his first name is not something I care to write or type. So it's Frankie for now. I think he has the kind of power arm the Padres have been looking for at the back end of their bullpen. Live, big arm with a plus changeup. He's on the team because he's out of options. But how will he be used? He hasn't been here a week so the staff will have to discover if they can trust him late in a game.

    I got a chance to talk to first baseman Kyle Blanks. He'll get moved over the Minor League side here soon enough but he has left a BIG impression on the staff and, no doubt, all of the other teams that have sent scouts over to Padres games. He has power, hits for average and appears to be a pretty good defender. All that outfield talk? Don't count on it anytime soon. When we see him in San Diego is anyone's guess.

    Cheers, Corey


    • Posted on March 30, 2009 at 6:33 PM
     
  4. rexy2006

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    03/30/09 10:10 PM ET
    Eckstein pads stats against Tribe

    Padres second baseman hitting at .426 clip this spring:tup:

    By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com


    INDIANS 5, PADRES 2
    at Goodyear, Ariz.
    Monday, March 30


    Indians at the plate: Behold, a Pronk sighting.:icon_eek: Travis Hafner went deep for the first time this spring, connecting with a hanging breaking ball served up by Kevin Correia in the second inning and hammering it out to right-center field. It was one of the few times Hafner, working his way back from right shoulder surgery, has really driven the ball this spring. In the third inning, Grady Sizemore singled home a run with two on, and Shin-Soo Choo added a sacrifice fly. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first homer of the spring, a solo shot, in the eighth.

    Padres at the plate: The Friars took advantage of a Jhonny Peralta fielding error to manufacture a run in the first. David Eckstein reached on the error, moved to second when Brian Giles walked and scored on a Chase Headley single. In the second, Eckstein drove in a run with an RBI single. Eckstein is hitting .426 this spring.

    Indians on the mound: In his penultimate tuneup before the start of the regular season, Carl Pavano had one of his strongest outings of the spring. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. He induced nine ground-ball outs. Ed Mujica, destined for the waiver wire, got the last out of the seventh.

    Padres on the mound: Correia's biggest mistake was hanging that curveball to Hafner, but he also walked three batters. In all, he was charged with three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a wild pitch in five innings. Right-hander Eulogio De La Cruz worked two innings. He was effective in the sixth but struggled in the seventh. He was charged with a run on two hits with two walks, three strikeouts and a wild pitch.

    Cactus League records: Indians 11-17-2; Padres 8-18-3
    Up next: The Padres return to Peoria on Tuesday for a 7:05 p.m. PT game against the Brewers. Walter Silva, who looks like a lock for the rotation, gets the start for the Padres. After Tuesday, the Padres have two more Cactus League games before returning to San Diego.
     
  5. rexy2006

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    Setting the rotation? ...

    I don't have all the details yet today but Walter Silva, who was scheduled to start tonight's game against the Brewers, won't start after all. Shawn Hill will start and hopes to go four or so innings.

    What does this mean? It appears to me the Padres, if they don't add a pitcher here soon, are starting to formulate what their starting rotation will be for the first week of the season now that Cha Seung Baek (right forearm strain) is out.

    Here's what I'm thinking, and again, we haven't talked to manager Bud Black yet. We should in the next two hours.

    Monday vs. Dodgers: Jake Peavy, as it always would have been.

    Tuesday vs. Dodgers: Chris Young, as it always would have been.

    Wednesday vs. Dodgers: Silva, if he throws Friday, his turn would be Wednesday.

    Thursday vs. Dodgers: Kevin Correia, if he throws Saturday, his turn would be Thursday.

    Friday vs. Giants: Shawn Hill, who starts tonight, Tuesday. The question is will be stretched out enough to give the team at least five innings.

    Today's lineup vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Chan. 4:

    CF, Jody Gerut
    2B, David Eckstein
    RF, Brian Giles
    1B, Adrian Gonzalez
    3B, Kevin Kouzmanoff
    LF, Chase Headley
    C, Henry Blanco
    SS, Luis Rodriguez
    SP, Shawn Hill (maybe up to four innings).
    Possible relievers: Luke Gregerson, Duaner Sanchez, Heath Bell and Edwin Moreno.

    Cheers, Corey

    • Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:28 PM
     
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    Hot links for Tuesday, March 31

    1B Kyle Blanks has impressed this spring. ...

    The Padres remain on the lookout for available pitching. ... One place they reportedly have looked is Tampa Bay. ...

    RHP Cha Seung Baek ended spring with an injury. ... OF Cliff Floyd also is dinged. ...

    RHP Edwin Moreno has made a strong bid for a roster spot. ...

    2B David Eckstein pushed his spring batting average to .426, but the Padres fell 5-2 to Cleveland in a spring training game Monday. ...

    SS Everth Cabrera is looking like he will stick. ...

    The Padres traded utilityman Chris Burke to the Mariners over the weekend. ...

    Catching up on some things: Union-Tribune beat writer Tom Krasovic says new CEO Jeff Moorad must bring the front office together. ... The clubhouse certainly was united in its greeting for Moorad. ...

    1B Adrian Gonzalez is hosting a charity Bowling Bash. ...

    The Sporting News has a Q&A with Padres executive/Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. ...

    Geoff Young is cutting back his posts at Ducksnorts. Shame, but FJ knows the grind. Best to Geoff. ...

    The folks at Gaslamp Ball are picking their favorite 2009 Padre. ...

    MLB.com Padres beat writer Corey Brock is a radio superstar. ...

    SS Beamer Weems has reached the Elite Eight in MiLB.com's contest for the best minor league name. ...

    Single-A Lake Elsinore hitting coach Shane Spencer enjoys his new career. ...

    The Padres scouting process apparently includes a 300-question test for prospects. ...

    Former Padre Gary Sheffield is free to sign anywhere after the Tigers released him Tuesday. ...

    Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman will open the season on the disabled list for Milwaukee. ...

    Former Padres 2B Marcus Giles was cut by the Phillies.

    Friar John


    • Posted on March 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM
     
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    04/01/09 12:40 AM ET
    Giles, Gonzalez lead Padres past Crew

    Right fielder hits first homer, while first baseman goes 3-for-4

    By Corey Brock / MLB.com


    PADRES 6, BREWERS 5
    at Peoria, Ariz.
    Tuesday, March 31


    Padres at the plate: Eliezer Alfonzo and Brian Giles each hit solo home runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, lifting his average over .400 this spring. Chase Headley had a hit and a walk. Jody Gerut had two hits out of the leadoff spot, including a triple.

    Brewers at the plate: Ryan Braun drove in a run before leaving the game with a right thumb contusion, an injury he sustained in the field. Prince Fielder had two hits, including his sixth double of the spring. Former Padres outfielder Mike Cameron had an RBI triple down the right-field line in the fourth inning.

    Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Shawn Hill, in his just second appearance with the Padres after being signed on March 23, allowed two earned runs over four innings with three strikeouts. Hill will be the No. 5 starter in the rotation, until the return of Cha Seung Baek (strained elbow). Hill induced six ground-ball outs with his sinker. Duaner Sanchez tossed a scoreless inning, while Luke Gregerson tossed two scoreless innings.

    Brewers on the mound: Starting pitcher Braden Looper, who will be the No. 4 starter in the Milwaukee rotation, looked good at times on Tuesday after missing time this spring with a strained oblique muscle. But he allowed two solo home runs in the fourth inning, his final inning of work. He allowed seven hits and two walks. David Riske allowed two runs, one earned, over two innings.

    Cactus League records: Brewers 18-10-3; Padres 9-18-3

    Up next: The Padres travel to Camelback Ranch-Glendale on Wednesday to face the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. PT. Chris Young, who was roughed up in his last appearance, is scheduled to get the start for the Padres. Young will make his regular-season debut on April 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park. The Padres will also use the game to look at a few relievers who are hopefuls for the Opening Day roster.
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    I watched most of this game on Channel 4, San Diego.

    The play of Scott Hairston, a mid-game replacement in CF, was not good. He batted twice, making outs on the first pitch both times. There was at least one fly ball hit to CF, which he misplayed. :tdown:
    Duaner Sanchez, in his one inning of relief, looked solid.:tup:
     
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    Silva, Correia, Hill fill Nos. 3-5 with Baek on the mend

    By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    PEORIA, Ariz. -- Less than a week remains before the start of the regular season and with already one projected starter likely headed to the disabled list, the Padres have put together a plan for their rotation for the first week.


    That plan, apparently, won't include adding a starting pitcher from outside the organization.

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    General manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday that there's a chance the team could add a reliever on Wednesday and that "starting-wise, we're probably set."

    What has been known for a while is that right-handed (1)Jake Peavy will start Opening Day against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at PETCO Park. (2)Chris Young will pitch the following day.

    But when Cha Seung Baek, the projected No. 3 starter in the rotation, suffered a strained right forearm on Sunday, the Padres had to shuffle their plans for the rotation.

    Now, according to Towers, (3)Walter Silva will start on April 8 and (4)Kevin Correia will start in the day game on April 9, both against the Dodgers.

    (5)Shawn Hill, signed a week ago after being released by the Washington Nationals, will be the fifth starter until Baek returns. Hill, who got the nod on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers in Peoria, will get his turn in the rotation on April 10 against the San Francisco Giants.
    Got all that?

    Silva was actually scheduled to start against the Brewers on Tuesday night in Peoria, but the Padres moved that start to Friday's exhibition game Friday at PETCO Park, meaning he'll be in line to throw again the following Wednesday.

    Hill, who allowed two home runs in two innings on Friday against the Oakland A's, was set to throw 45-50 pitches against the Brewers, according to manager Bud Black. The hope is that he will be stretched out enough by April 10 to throw in upwards of 70 or so pitches.
    The Padres have decided, for the time being, not to bring back any pitchers from their Minor League camp, namely Josh Geer and Wade LeBlanc, who came to Spring Training as hopefuls to make the rotation.

    But Geer and LeBlanc struggled this spring and instead will return to Triple-A Portland to start the season, their second with the Beavers.

    There's always a chance the Padres could go with 13 pitchers at the outset, but that would only likely be considered if Cliff Floyd -- who is nursing a shoulder strain -- had to start the season on the disabled list.
    Black said before Tuesday's game that Floyd's shoulder was improving and that he was set to hit before the game, as he did on Monday.
    "He's still in question," Black said when asked to handicap Floyd's chances of being set for Opening Day.
    After Tuesday, the Padres have two more games in Arizona before breaking camp. The team will face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday at PETCO Park and then will bus to Orange County to face the Angels in Anaheim on Saturday.

    Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
     
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    I gotta ask


    IS THERE ANY OPTIMISM TO HAVE AS THE PADRE SEASON STARTS NEXT WEEK?
     
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    only if somehow their bats have career years

    Tampa did it.

    why not the Pads
     
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    I'm going to the Angel / Padres game in Anaheim - I'm optimistic that the beer will be cold and taste good :icon_toast:
     

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