Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:50 pm

Padres weigh cost of adding bat

Yorvit Torrealba The Padres are in first place, which is amazing because their offense is shakier than a night at Petco Park.

San Diego is 13th in the National League in runs scored, 14th in batting average and 14th in OPS (on-base plus slugging). So how in the world is a team that's batting .245 leading its division? By being really, really good at preventing runs -- best in the NL in ERA (3.01), earned runs allowed (197) and strikeouts (503).

The bullpen is particularly impressive, with a 2.66 ERA. That's nearly five runs lower than the team at the other end of the NL West, Arizona.

If the Padres are going to keep this going, and want any chance of being successful once they reach the postseason, they're going to have to improve the offense. The downside is that to acquire one or more bats before the trade deadline, they're probably going to have to break up their dominant pitching staff. You've got to give something to get something, and pitching is what San Diego has to give.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer told San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa he's reticent to undermine the organization's pitching depth.

"Pitching depth can evaporate faster than anyone can imagine," Canepa said. "I’m not ruling anything out, but you have to be careful when you start trading your quote-unquote 'pitching depth.'

"Everybody wants pitching depth. I’d rather have pitching depth than bring in one more bat that may not help us in the long run. I’m not saying I won’t do it, but it’s risky."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 9:08 pm

Stairs to DL

The Padres have placed 42-year old Matt Stairs on the disabled list with a knee injury and called up outfielder Aaron Cunningham from Triple-A Portland.

Stairs hasn't played since June 6 because of the balky knee and is hitting just .191 with one home run in 32 games for the Padres. Cunningham is hitting .239 for Portland with four home runs in 52 games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:51 pm

Mets' Neiese throws 1-hitter

Chris Denorfia's third-inning double was the only hit Jonathon Niese gave up in the Mets' 3-0 victory over the Padres in the second game of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

Niese struck out six and didn't walk a batter in a game that lasted just 2:18 and also featured a triple play turned by the Padres.

Niese replaced fellow lefty Oliver Perez in the rotation after he came off the disabled list on Saturday. In his first game, Niese went seven innings and allowed a run aganst the Marlins. Thursday he was even better.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:54 pm

A real California affair

The All-Star game on July 13 will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Apparently somewhere there is a Major League Baseball memo dictating that the coaching staffs have to carpool.

All of the coaches appointed by National League manager Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and American League manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees are from California. Manuel tapped San Diego manager Bud Black and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, and Girardi selected the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Oakland's Bob Geren.

It's not uncommon for people to be offered All-Star coaching spots and turn down the opportunity, wanting the time off instead. So it might be that managers from elsewhere simply opted not to spend their break traveling to and from the West Coast. One would certainly think Manuel extended an offer to Braves manager Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season, his 30th as a manager.

-- Davd Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:02 pm

Peavy: If Sox rebuild, I'm out

White Sox GM Kenny Williams is talking about making changes in the wake of the club's 25-33 start, but if he wants to go into full-on rebuilding mode, one of his moves would need to be moving ace Jake Peavy.

Peavy has a full no-trade clause and only waived it last year, clearing the way for a trade from San Diego to Chicago, under assurances he was going to a team commited to contending. He seems satisfied that rebuilding is not what Williams is proposing, but told the Chicago Tribune that if that's what develops, he'd ask to be traded.

"I'm excited to be in a situation where you talk about it's not going to be a rebuilding process," Peavy said today. "(But) if that were the case, I would certainly try to be moved, but that's the least of my worries. ... I'm very happy to be here, but it is a nice feeling at the end of the day to understand when you can control your destiny, and have a say-so."

It's rare for a player to talk so openly about the idea of asking for a trade (except in cases where someone is using the media to force a team's hand, which isn't the case here), but Peavy has the clout to say what he wants.

If it did come to a point where Peavy wanted out, the White Sox might not find a long list of suitors. His numbers this season are not very Peavy-like (4-5, 5.90 ERA) and he's still due about $47 million on his contract, which runs through 2012 with a club option for 2013.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 7:31 pm

Mets-Padres rained out too

The Mets-Padres game at Citi Field has been postponed. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

The teams had a 1:10 p.m. game scheduled for Thursday, and added the nightcap to make up tonight's game. Wednesday's scheduled starters, Mat Latos and Johan Santana will start the early game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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