Tag:San Diego Padres
Posted on: May 18, 2010 7:00 pm

They're not Giants against San Diego

As two pitching phenoms, San Diego's Mat Latos and San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez, prepare to tee it up later tonight in the Padres' Petco Park, a few numbers regarding what might be the oddest season series so far in all of baseball:

-- The Padres, first in the NL West, are 7-0 against the second-place Giants. The Giants have not held one lead -- not one! -- in any game so far and have not scored more than two runs in any game against the Padres.

-- The Giants' 0-7 run ties for the second-longest losing streak against an opponent to begin a season in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 1977 Giants started 0-8 against the Chicago Cubs. After that, four other Giants' teams have started 0-7 vs. an opponent: 1933 (when the Giants were in New York, against St. Louis), 1980 (against the Dodgers), 1995 (Braves) and 2003 (Expos).

-- The Giants have mustered only 10 total runs in the seven games.

-- The Padres have outscored the Giants 21-9.

-- San Francisco is hitting just .197 against Padres pitching this year and averaging 1.3 runs per game.

-- Giants pitchers have held San Diego batters to a .229 average yet are 0-7.

-- The Giants are 21-9 against everybody they've played NOT wearing a San Diego uniform this year.

-- Remove their games against the Giants, and the Padres are 16-15 against everybody else.

-- With runners in scoring position in the seven games against San Diego, the Giants are hitting .096 (5 for 52).

-- With runners in scoring position in the seven games against the Giants, Padres batters are hitting just .182 (10 for 55).

-- Talk about the epitome of frustration: Sanchez is 0-2 against the Padres this season despite holding them to just two earned runs and four hits in 15 innings.

-- Entering Tuesday's start, Sanchez ranks fourth in the NL in worst run support, with the Giants scoring an average of 2.45 runs when he's on the mound (Houston's Felipe Paulino and Roy Oswalt ranks 1-2, with St. Louis' Brad Penny third).

-- The Giants have lost 11 of their past 13 games in Petco Park.

Likes: Carlos Zambrano. Bless his little Cubbie heart for at least trying to help the team and do what has been asked of him. ... That the Dodgers have won seven in a row entering Tuesday night's game without injured shortstop Rafael Furcal and without Andre Ethier for the past three games should make NL West opponents really nervous. ... I'm officially changing my mind. I've eased up and now find that in the right frame of mind, White Sox television broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson can be enjoyable. I will not change my opinion of Yankees' radio voice John Sterling, however. If evil folks are forced to listen to a play-by-play man as they burn in eternal flames, I'm sure it will be Sterling to whom they're listening.

Dislikes: How are we going to get through Tuesday night with no Stephen Strasburg updates? Alas, his Triple-A start in Rochester was rained out. Hang with 'em for another day. ... By the way, do yourself a favor and don't even rent Pirate Radio. I was looking forward to that flick last summer, or whenever it was in the theaters, but was scared off by reviews. Turns out, the negative reviews were so dead on it's not even worth renting. Great idea for a movie, and very, very poorly executed. And what a waste of good actors like Bill Nighy and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
"None but ourselves can free our minds
"Have no fear for atomic energy
"'Cause none of them can stop the time
"How long shall they kill our prophets
"While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
"Some say it's just a part of it
"We've got to fullfil the book"

-- Bob Marley, Redemption Song


Posted on: May 4, 2010 7:48 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2010 7:52 pm

Padres' Young to have MRI, consult with Andrews

SAN DIEGO -- Chris Young, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego in 2007 who has been beset by injuries in each of the past two seasons, returned from a minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment with a shoulder sore enough that he will undergo two MRI exams this week.

And his frustration level has reached the point where those MRI exams, he said, will be forwarded to Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist and shoulder specialist in Birmingham, Ala.

"I want answers," a perplexed Young said on Tuesday. "I had this thing cleaned up last August. Why am I having trouble with it? It's supposed to be a healthy shoulder."

The big right-hander was shut down for the season last summer after 14 starts, a 4-6 record and a 5.21 ERA. After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in August, he spent the rest of the season and the winter rehabbing and was optimistic this spring that his trouble was behind him.

Young pitched all spring and made great strides, opening the season in the San Diego rotation and making his first start on April 6 in Arizona. The shoulder did not respond well afterward, the Padres skipped his next couple of starts and then a minor-league rehab start for Double-A San Antonio did not go well over the weekend. He surrendered five runs and did not make it out of the first inning.

"I didn't feel pain during the start, but my stuff wasn't where it should be," said Young, 30. "Velocity, life, crispness, sharpness on the breaking ball, command ... it was not where it should be. It was not where it was this spring."

Now, instead of preparing for a return to a major-league rotation currently ranked third in the majors with a 2.85 ERA, Young is coming off of one MRI exam Monday and will undergo a second one, he said, on Thursday or Friday. One is a normal MRI and the other is a contrast MRI.

Young said he isn't even sure anymore why he's undergoing them or what they mean.

"I'm having trouble processing the information they're giving me," he said. "It's going in one ear and out the other because I'm so down on things."

He added: "It's extremely frustrating. All the time and effort and sweat I've put into getting back to health, it's so frustrating to be sitting here now dealing with this.

"In all honesty, this is the hardest I've worked on my shoulder in my life."

Posted on: May 4, 2010 1:56 am

On night of pitching stars, Jimenez stands out

SAN DIEGO -- Pitchers were packing heat all over the majors on an extraordinary Monday night, from Toronto's Brett Cecil to the White Sox's Jake Peavy to Texas' Rich Harden to Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez.

In Cleveland, Cecil took a perfect game into the seventh inning before walking Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo and then surrendering an RBI single to Jhonny Peralta as Toronto clipped the Indians 5-1.

In Chicago, struggling starter Jake Peavy worked 4 2/3 no-hit innings until Kansas City's Mitch Maier's single. Peavy, who entered the game with a 7.85 ERA, wound up pitching seven scoreless innings in the White Sox's 5-1 win.

In Oakland, Texas starter -- and former Athletic -- Rich Harden carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before A's center fielder Rajai Davis cracked a one-out double.

And in San Diego, Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez fanned a career-high 13 in the Rockies' 5-2 win.

Amid that constellation of pitching stars, Jimenez is the guy who continues to stand out. If voting were to be conducted for the NL Cy Young right now -- granted, there are five months remaining, everybody knows that, so no wise cracks -- Jimenez easily would be the guy.

"What can I say?" Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Seven more terrific innings from the ace of our staff."

In allowing one Padre run over seven innings, Jimenez's ERA actually rose to 0.87. Still, that's a major-league low.

"His fastball tonight ranks up there with any of his other starts he's had to this point," Tracy said. "His fastball was explosive."

Jimenez also is the only pitcher in the majors who stands 6-0, and he has not allowed a home run in 41 1/3 innings pitched.

"He's become such a big-game pitcher," Tracy said. "He's grown so much, right before our eyes. He's becoming quite a force. This guy's a dynamic guy. I couldn't be prouder of the young man.

Meantime, as for pitchers bringing the heat, that 17-8 Boston rout of the Los Angeles Angels?

Not so much.

Likes: One thing that gets lost amid the offensive production, Gold Glove and trade rumors: Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a very good guy. ... So is his first-base counterpart in Colorado, Todd Helton. ... Among other broadcasters, I always enjoy listening to Cleveland's Tom Hamilton on the XM broadcasts. He's very good (and I enjoyed him last winter broadcasting hoops on the Big Ten Network, too). ... About halfway through Nick Hornby's latest book, Juliet, Naked. As expected, very entertaining so far. ... The Leonard Cohen Live in London concert DVD is fabulous. Been meaning to catch up to it for months, finally did over the weekend and I highly recommend it. Classy guy and great sound. ... Very entertaining Kentucky Derby on Saturday, no? I'm not big into horse racing, but I usually make a strong effort to watch the Derby. It's just one more reminder that spring is really here and summer is on its way. ...

Dislikes: So a piece of one of my back teeth just up and chipped off a couple of weeks ago while I was having dinner. Felt something crunchy and, uh-oh. Clean break and no pain, but I suppose I'd better set up a dental appointment just in case. And I just got my very first cavity, a small one, a couple of years ago, too.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
"Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
"Everybody knows that the war is over
"Everybody knows the good guys lost
"Everybody knows the fight was fixed
"The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
"That's how it goes
"Everybody knows"

-- Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows

Posted on: May 2, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 8:51 pm

Padres putting on pitching clinic

SAN DIEGO -- Along with the Mets, the Padres are one of only two National League teams to never have thrown a no-hitter. But where San Diego's pitching is concerned, the Padres on Sunday did touch history by throwing a third shutout against Milwaukee in four games.

Never before had the Padres thrown three shutouts in a series of any length. And leaving the Brewers' batters even more bewildered, the two runs the stingy San Diego pitchers allowed were the fewest in Padres' history in a four-game series.

This against a Brewers team that arrived here last Thursday leading the National League in runs scored.

So much for the gap left in the rotation by trading ace Jake Peavy to the White Sox last July.

So much for the continued absence of All-Star Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list since the season's first week.

"You talk all the time about pitching and solid defense and timely hitting going a long way," Padres manager Bud Black said after Sunday's 8-0 whitewashing of Milwaukee. "You can't discount what our starters have done early this season.

"To a man, they've all pitched well."

Sunday's winner was the graybeard of the group Jon Garland, a 10-year veteran. Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard, Wade LeBlanc and Mat Latos also have pitched so well that the discussion in San Diego recently has centered on just whom the Padres would send back to Triple-A when Young is ready to rejoin them.

Mix in the bullpen, where set-up men Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams in particular have been nails for closer Heath Bell, and the surprising first-place Padres have won 13 of their past 16 games.

"You see our bullpen," Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "There are not a lot of guys people have heard of before. But if our starting pitching gets us a lead after seven innings, it's game over. Gregerson, Mike Adams ... guys nobody's heard of before, but they have outstanding arms.

"Our pitching is really deep."

"They're good," said slow-starting Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder (.234, two homers, nine RBI in 25 games). "They did a great job this series.

"Unfortunately, we probably weren't at our best."

Overall, the Padres now own a major-league leading six shutouts. Though five of them have come at Petco Park (the other came in Cincinnati), that's two more than the Mets and San Francisco and double the number of any AL team.

Coming into Sunday's games, the Padres' 2.88 ERA ranked third in the majors (behind the Cardinals and Giants), as did their .233 opponents' batting average.

"The fact that we held them to zero runs in three of four games and to two runs total in four games, we feel like we came away with a sweep," Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. "That's a very, very talented offense over there. Our pitchers really stepped up."

Heading into Monday's series opener against Colorado and Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, Padres pitchers now have worked 40 scoreless innings in their past 42 innings pitched going back to Wednesday's game in Florida.

Over their past 16 games, the Padres own a 2.08 ERA.

Posted on: April 5, 2010 7:10 pm

Jon Garland, Arizona and roofs

San Diego opening day starter Jon Garland never did like Chase Field much.

And given his outing in Arizona on Monday, he'll probably like it even less.

Sabotaged by sloppy Padres defense -- shortstop Everth Cabrera and third baseman Chase Headley committed errors behind him -- Garland surrendered six runs (two earned) in four innings. He gave up five hits and no doubt endured ugly flashbacks.

Pitching for Arizona last year, Garland was 4-5 with a 5.35 ERA during 13 home starts, and he walked 28 in 77 1/3 innings.

Garland says it isn't that he doesn't like Chase Field, it's just that he prefers to pitch there with the roof closed.

It was open as the Diamondbacks and Padres opened their season Monday.

Knowing what they know about Garland, whom they traded to the Dodgers last summer, would you have expected anything else?

Posted on: March 13, 2010 1:16 am
Edited on: March 13, 2010 1:20 am

Walking and patience with Adrian Gonzalez

PEORIA, Ariz. -- You've gotta have a whole lot of patience not to go crazy when the trade rumors have you surrounded.

But then, we already knew Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez has patience.

Quick, name the hitter who led the National League in walks last year. Hint: It ain't Albert Pujols.

"I walked all year, but mainly because pitchers were walking me as opposed to pitch selection," says Gonzalez, who wants to establish an even better eye this summer. "It's something you can work on. The more pitches you see, the better."

Gonzalez walked 119 times last season, including a crazy 24 times over an 11-game span immediately after the Padres shipped Scott Hairston, Gonzalez's main protector in the lineup, to Oakland.

It was right around then that the slugging first baseman (40 homers, 99 RBIs) lost a little of his patience and began taking a whack here and there at pitches he couldn't reach very well.

He still had a sensational season -- All-Star, Gold Glove, career-high .407 on-base percentage -- but his midseason funk still bothers him. Surrounded by upheaval in the organization at midseason, Gonzalez knocked in only eight runs and hit just .235 during the month of June, then batted just .198 during the month of July.

Gonzalez says this "personal funk" helped reiterate to him that he must take his walks.

"[Patience] is one of the parts of the game you have to learn," he says. "Sometimes the best thing you can do for the team is to take the walk rather than expand your strike zone."

The great ones have done it. Barry Bonds. Pujols. Alex Rodriguez.

Gonzalez, already a superstar, is looking to get better.

Sunblock Day? Ah, maybe it's time to open that bottle of SPF. Predicted highs in the 70s all weekend in Phoenix.

Likes: Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers to the Yankees as an assistant to New York GM Brian Cashman. But the best part is, after the Padres tried to extract $250,000 from the Yanks while attempting to recoup some of the fired Towers' 2010 salary, the Yankees stiff-armed them and the Padres settled for only $50,000 in compensation, according to a source. ... Can't wait to see Reds' lefty Aroldis Chapman sometime in the next few days. He may be the most exciting thing to hit Cincinnati since Skyline Chili. ... It is amazing how much Tony Gwynn Jr. sounds like his Hall of Fame father. If you haven't heard him speak yet, check out our video interview. ... Did you see Evan Turner's game-winning 37-foot buzzer beater as Ohio State avoided getting upset by Michigan on Friday? Unbelievable. Let the March Madness begin. ... And on a smaller madness note, a huge congratulations to the Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central Falcons, who stunned 20-2 Dundee for a Class C District title Friday in the boys' high school basketball tournament. Great win for first-year coach Randy Windham, who replaced the legendary Ray Lauwers this year. ... Pretty good sour cream chicken enchiladas the other night at Los Olivos in Scottsdale. But alas, no spotting this year of actor Timothy Busfield. ... First John Hiatt (Thursday) then the Drive-By Truckers (Friday) on the Late Show with David Letterman. The man is on a roll.

Dislikes: Nomar Garciaparra's tenure in Boston ended unceremoniously with a trade, and after he bounces around the game like a foul ball for several years, he and the Red Sox get together so he can "sign" a minor-league contract and "retire" as a Red Sock? And he hated dealing with the media, and now he's headed to become a talking head on ESPN? Look, I have no personal ax to grind here -- I've always gotten along just fine with Nomar -- but count me out of this entire dog and pony show. The Red Sox, of all organizations, should be above a publicity stunt like this. And Nomar on television after avoiding the media as often as possible? Whatever.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"There ought to be a law with no bail
"Smash a guitar and you go to jail
"With no chance for early parole
"You don't get out until you get some soul"

-- John Hiatt, Perfectly Good Guitar


Posted on: January 15, 2010 7:53 pm

Padres trade Kouzmanoff to Oakland

The Athletics will acquire third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and a minor-league prospect from San Diego for outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

The deal, in place, is pending physical examinations and likely will not be formalized until early next week.

The Padres have been shopping Kouzmanoff for the better part of a year because he's eligible for salary arbitration and they need to clear third base for Chase Headley, who played left field last year but is better suited for third base.

The deal comes after Kouzmanoff set a National League record for third basemen in 2009 with a .990 fielding percentage.

Oakland acquires not only a solid glove man -- Kouzmanoff finished second to Washington's Ryan Zimmerman in Gold Glove voting -- but a third baseman who can put the ball out of the park. Kouzmanoff last year hit 18 homers and collected 88 RBI while hitting .255 with a .302 on-base percentage. He's hit 41 home runs over the past two seasons.

While looking to make room for Headley and clear Kouzmanoff's salary, the Padres had been looking for a right-handed hitter who can split time in center field with Tony Gwynn Jr.

In re-acquiring Hairston, who played in San Diego from 2007-2009 until former general manager Kevin Towers traded him to the Athletics last summer, the Padres obtained exactly what they were looking for.

Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:24 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 4:14 pm

Padres dangling Kouzmanoff

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Padres, budget-conscious and dangling third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff as a way to control costs, have talked to the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins -- among others -- about a deal.

The Giants are considering several options as they look to add a bat to a light-hitting lineup that had trouble scoring last year. Kouzmanoff, due for a big arbitration raise this winter from his $432,000 salary in 2009, is one of them. A steady defensive player who finished second in the Gold Glove voting in '09, Kouzmanoff would give the Giants a 20-home run bat and improve their defense. In a Kouzamanoff scenario, the Giants could move Pablo Sandoval over to first base.

The Padres also Tuesday approached the Twins about Kouzmanoff. Those two clubs have had discussions about Kouzmanoff in the past, but the Twins have not been overly interested.

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither discussion had advanced very far, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Within the Giants-Padres discussions, San Francisco was talking of a deal that would include outfielder Fred Lewis and infielder Kevin Frandsen. "That isn't going to get it done," one source with knowledge of the Padres' thinking said.

One of the options presented in the Twins-Padres discussion was Minnesota sending starting pitcher Glen Perkins to the Padres for Kouzmanoff, but the Padres didn't think that was enough, either. Perkins last year went 6-7 with a 5.89 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) for the Twins.

The Padres' issue is that Kouzmanoff, starter Kevin Correia are all arbitration-eligible, and the likelihood is that all three will not fit within the projected $40 million (or so) payroll. Kouzmanoff is likely to earn $3 to $4 million through arbitration in 2010. The Padres also are exploring Bell's value on the trade market and could reach a point where they would non-tender Correia, who led the team with 12 wins in 2009.
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