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Getting to know the Padres

Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:18 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 12:22 am
 

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MVP

Chase HeadleyIf the Padres are to repeat their surprising 2010 win total, they'll need a repeat performance from their pitching staff, but they'll also need to score some runs. That task wasn't made easier when they traded Adrian Gonzalez in December.

Among current Padres offensive players, 26-year-old third baseman Chase Headley has the best chance to move into the Padres' need for an offensive bell cow. Headley has hit .264/.335/.375 in his short career and doesn't fit into the typical role of a slugger at third base, but he was still second to Gonzalez among Padres batters with a 4.6 WAR (from FanGraphs.com) last season. He'll never be a bopper, but few would in spacious Petco Park.

It's no coincidence that as Headley struggled at the end of last season -- striking out 42 times in his last 128 at-bats, while hitting .211 -- the Padres floundered and gave up their lead in the National League West. This spring the switch hitter has looked better from the right side, where he's struggled in the past, and could be on his way to becoming a consistent force in the Padres lineup, which is something they desperately need.

PLAYER ORACLE

Cito Gaston played with Darrell Evans for the 1975 Atlanta Braves
Darrell Evans played with Kent Mercker for the 1989 Atlanta Braves
Kent Mercker played with Chris Denorifa for the 2005 Cincinnati Reds

POP CULTURE

You may not remember a 1983 TV series called Masquerade, a sort of mash-up between Mission: Impossible and The Love Boat, which had an intelligence agency use ordinary civilians for their specialized skills. Kind of like Chuck,  but much less watchable.

Like The Love Boat, the series used well-known actors each week as part of its revolving door cast. The third episode of the series, "Girls for Sale" was broadcast Dec. 29, 1983, and featured Padres first baseman Steve Garvey.

Giving me less confidence in this super-secret government agency is they apparently recruited Garvey for his… arm?

Hey, whatever you need to stop ninjas. It's a good thing Steve never went anywhere without his trust first baseman's mitt. I'm sure he's wearing a cup, too.

Garey also appeared in Baywatch and Star Trek: the Next Generation among other acting credits.

Hat tip to Sons of Steve Garvey.

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:01 am
 

Getting to know the Padres

latos is the next peavy...could become outstanding...and then they can deal him
with many not reliable closers..if the padres start slow...bell could become soon a trade bait



Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:43 am
 

Getting to know the Padres

 Lots of new faces. Personally I think the moves at second base and shortstop are an upgrade. The Padres will be in contention again because of their pitching, speed and defense. Steve Garvey is one of my all time favorite Padres, thanks for sharing that with us, I had forgotten all about his action skills or should I say lack there of. Heath Bell will have to become the leader in the clubhouse and Latos is going to become a true ace. Looking forward to a fun an exciting season.




Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:42 am
 

Please Don't Ever Do "Oracle" Again. Please.

--After missing three games with a sore calf, third baseman  returned to the lineup Monday and had two hits to raise his spring batting average to .550. Chris Denorfia and Mike Baxter also had two hits for the Padres.
Cito Gaston played with Darrell Evans for the 1975 Atlanta 
Darrell Evans played with Kent Mercker for the 1989 Atlanta Braves
Kent Mercker played with Chris Denorifa for the 2005 Cincinnati 

Chase, Chris, Ryan Ludwick and Aaron Cunningham will be fine.  Will Venable will hold up his end.  Mat Latos and Clayton Richard willl be great.  It's everybody else I am worried about.  


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