Tag:Padres
Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:56 am
 

R.I.P. Padres: Big year ends with collapse

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The San Diego Padres.

Few people expected to see the Padres in the playoffs, and in the end, nobody did.

But San Diego’s postseason hopes were supposed to be buried by about June, not the last weekend of the season with a crushing collapse. The Padres spent most of the season in first place in the National League West behind a tremendous pitching staff, only to find that in the end their lack of offense would do them in.

What they accomplished was impressive considering they had the second-lowest payroll in baseball, but Padres fans will remember 2010 for what might have been.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In a word, September. The Padres entered the month in the clutches of a 10-game losing streak that turned their season the wrong direction, and they couldn’t regroup.

Miguel Tejada San Diego went 14-17 after September 1, batting .229 and failing to score more than a run nine times. Clinging to a half-game division lead on September 25, the Padres lost five of their last eight (three by shutout), capped by a 3-0 loss on the final day of the season that gave the division to the Giants and left them out of the playoff picture.

Adding Ryan Ludwick at the deadline looked like a great move, exactly what they needed to give the offense some punch. But moving to cavernous Petco Park, Ludwick’s batting average dropped 80 points after the trade to .211, and his slugging percentage dropped more than 150 points to a miserable .330.

Injuries didn’t help matters. David Eckstein, Jerry Hairston, Everth Cabrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. missed big chunks of the season, as did pitcher Chris Young.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The pitching, particularly the lights-out bullpen, was tremendous. The relief corps, led by Mike Adams, Luke Gregorson and Heath Bell, had baseball’s lowest ERA, 2.81, and limited hitters to a .220 average. If the starting pitcher left with a lead, it was all but over for the opposition.

Speaking of starting pitchers, the Padres’s top three – Clayton Richard, Jon Garland and Mat Latos -- each won 14 games. Latos went through a streak of near-invincibility, going a major-league record 15 consecutive starts giving up two or fewer earned runs between June and September.

All-Star Adrian Gonzalez was the offensive highlight, batting .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBI, which not only led the team but was 43 more than the next-highest total. Jerry Hairston was a huge spark off the bench, playing five positions and racking up 50 RBI despite batting a modest .244.

HELP ON THE WAY

With the Padres fighting for a postseason berth, Simon Castro didn’t get a September callup, but the right-handed starter is right at the top of San Diego’s prospects list. He struggled after going up to Triple-A, but the 22-year-old has a bright future.

A bit farther away is 20-year-old outfielder Jaff Decker, a left-hander power hitter who will be moving up fast from Class A.
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The arms are there for another run at the playoffs. The entire bullpen (barring trades) returns, and they have a nice stable of starters. If they can fix their obvious offensive shortcomings, they won’t be catching anyone by surprise next year.

Adrian Gonzalez SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Owner Jeff Moorad says he won’t allow Gonzalez to be traded before next season, which is a good thing. Even if you could get multiple offensive pieces in return, consider Gonzalez your bird in the hand. There might be no other player in baseball who represents a bigger chunk of his team’s offense, and his $5.5 million option is reasonable.

Young’s $8.5 million option, on the other hand, is not realistic. That would represent nearly a quarter of the team’s payroll, and given his injury history and the team’s other options, they can’t do it. Bell is in his final year of arbitration and will get a raise, and the Padres have to consider trying to lock him up long-term.

Re-sign Eckstein, which shouldn’t cost much. Try to get Hairston back. And look for bargain offensive help that can hit in the gaps.

2011 PREDICTION

You can’t count on the Padres repeating their across-the-board pitching excellence, so it’s going to take more than a token offensive improvement to make them a viable contender. There’s some talent rising up in the division, and it will be tough for the Padres to keep pace with their payroll.

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-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:49 am
 

Padres unlikely to re-sign Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez What team wouldn't want a first baseman that hit .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and Gold Glove-worthy defense? One that knows it'll have to pay market price.

Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Tim Sullivan that he doesn't think the team can afford Adrian Gonzalez past next season.

"While we'd still love to have Adrian here long-term, it doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint," Gonzalez said. "So I'm certainly not counting on that. But we'll engage and see fi there's a deal that can be made."

The Padres hold a $5.8 million club option, one the team will certainly pick up.

"At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season," Moorad said.

Gonzalez is a San Diego native, but may have priced himself out of his hometown team.

Moorad tells Sullivan the team, which reports its revenues were "relatively flat" in 2010, despite spending most of the seasoning first place of the NL West, will slightly increase its payroll for 2011. Moorad told Sullivan the team's total payroll in 2011 would start with a "4" meaning $40 million. San Diego's opening day payroll for 2010 was nearly $38 million, second-lowest in the majors ahead of Pittsburgh. They wouldn't move up in that ranking in 2011 no matter what numbers follow the "4." And without moving that to a "5," there's no way Gonzalez will have signed an extension.

Gonzalez has said if the Padres match any other offer, he'd stay in San Diego. That doesn't seem to be much of an option.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Tejada could return to Padres

Miguel Tejada If Miguel Tejada wants to return to the Padres, San Diego will gladly welcome him back -- as long as he takes a pay cut.

"If we can work out a deal that makes sense, we would love to have him back," general manager Jed Hoyer told MLB.com of the shortstop turned third baseman turned shortstop.

Tejada was acquired at the trade deadline from the Orioles, where the 2002 MVP was in the middle of his first season as a third baseman -- which wasn't going well. Tejada had a .269/.308/.362 mark for the O's, hitting seven at-bats in 428 plate appearances with poor reviews on defense. Desperate for offense, the Pads banked on Tejada becoming the team's new shortstop.

Energized by being in a postseason race, Tejada cranked eight home runs in just 252 PA, finishing with a .268/.317/.413 line and turning in a solid season at short.

If the Padres and Tejada can come to an accord in a paycut, he could return at short, although Hoyer wouldn't rule out Tejada moving to another position. Given the team has Chase Headley at the hot corner, it's likely Tejada could possibly shift to second, as David Eckstein is a free agent.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:13 pm
 

MLB releases game times for 1st 4 days

Major League Baseball has announced its schedule for the first four days of division series. All times are Eastern.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Rangers at Rays, 1:37 p.m.
Reds at Phillies, 5:07 p.m.
Yankees at Twins 8:37 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7
Rangers at Rays, 2:37 p.m.
Yankees at Twins, 6:07 p.m.
Braves at Giants, 9:37 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8
Reds at Phillies, 6:07 p.m.
Braves at Giants, 9:37 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9
Rays at Rangers, 5:07 p.m.
Twins at Yankees, 8:37 p.m.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 7:10 pm
 

Giants win game, division title

The Giants made things easy -- there will be no games tomorrow as San Francisco beat San Diego 3-0, giving the Giants the National League Central title and the Atlanta Braves the wild card.

That also set the postseason schedule -- the Reds will play in Philadelphia on Wednesday to start that NLDS, while the Giants will host the Braves beginning on Thursday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Braves, Giants, Padres
 
Posted on: October 3, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Braves win, Giants-Padres hold key to playoffs

Tim Hudson Now that the Braves have beaten the Phillies, we know Bobby Cox will manage at least one more game.

The Braves beat the Phillies 8-7 in Atlanta, so the National League playoff scenarios now all depend upon the Giants-Padres game at AT&T Park. which started at 4:10 p.m. ET.

So, here's the deal:

Giants win, they're the National League West champions and the Braves take the wild card.

If the Padres win, things get interesting. The Giants and Padres will play again on Monday in San Diego. The winner takes the National League West title, the loser heads to Atlanta for a game against the Braves to determine the wild card.

As for the NLDS matchups if there's a three-way tie?

• Giants win West, Braves wild card: Braves vs. Giants; Reds vs. Phillies
• Giants win West, Padres wild card: Padres vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Giants
• Padres win West, Giants wild card: Giants vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Padres
• Padres win West, Braves wild card: Reds vs. Phillies; Braves vs. Padres

So, if the Giants just go ahead and win, it's pretty boring.

But if the Padres win, we get our first three-way tie since the wild card came into existence. We also get a rather reasonable way to determine the postseason teams. It wasn't always that way -- Larry Stone of the Seattle Times looks at the rule before 2003 , when the loser of the one-game divisional playoff would have been out of luck in the wild card.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 8:04 pm
 

NL playoff scenarios


Well, the table is set for a fun last day of the National League's regular season, with three teams vying for two playoff spots. And we might not have the postseason picture cleared up until Tuesday. Here are the scenarios based on what happens Sunday, when the Giants host the Padres and the Braves host the Phillies:

  • Giants beat Padres, Braves win: Giants win NL West; Braves win wild card; Padres out.
  • Giants beat Padres, Braves lose: Giants win NL West; Padres play at Braves for wild card on Monday.
  • Padres beat Giants, Braves win (leaving three-way tie): Giants play at Padres for NL West on Monday; loser of Monday game plays at Braves for wild card on Tuesday.
  • Padres beat Giants, Braves lose: Padres win NL West because of head-to-head record (13-5); Giants win wild card; Braves out.

Here are the NLDS matchups depending on who wins the West and wild card:

  • Giants win West, Braves wild card: Braves vs. Giants; Reds vs. Phillies
  • Giants win West, Padres wild card: Padres vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Giants
  • Padres win West, Giants wild card: Giants vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Padres
  • Padres win West, Braves wild card: Reds vs. Phillies; Braves vs. Padres

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 5:52 pm
 

MLB hurting itself with TV policy

I sure would like to be watching the Padres and Giants right now. But Fox is showing the Yankees and Red Sox, a game with far less intrigue, in my market. Which is particularly nonsensical considering I am on the West Coast.

OK, I know you don't always get the regional game you'd want, but here's why Major League Baseball's policy regarding the exclusivity of the Saturday Fox broadcast is absurd: even people who pay for the full baseball season on MLB.TV can't watch other games on Saturday afternoons, because the service is blacked out during the Fox broadcast.

So the biggest baseball fans, the ones who pump millions into MLB coffers specifically so they can watch the games they want, are stuck. There are three day games that matter today (Giants-Padres, Yankees-Red Sox and Braves-Phillies), they are being played simultaneously, and nobody can see more than one of them. A huge opportunity was missed here -- even if they want to make sure Fox gets all the eyeballs, couldn't they have put a second game on one of their other channels, like F/X?

-- David Andriesen

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