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You know who is having a great season and getting very little national run? Yangervis Solarte. He missed about six weeks, but he's hitting .295/.368/.521 with 16 doubles and nine homers in 53 games.
The Padres have been exactly .500 (18-18) since the beginning of June. So, no, they aren't terrible. Of course, there's a chance I'm still on a high from being in their beautiful city.
The lower-level pitcher the Padres got back for Fernando Rodney is named Chris Paddack. In Class A right now he has a 0.95 ERA, 0.39 (not a typo) WHIP and 48 strikeouts against only two walks in 28 1/3 innings. He's 20 years old.
The Padres have won six of their last nine and sport a winning record in June.
The Wil Myers breakout has been fun and it'll be even better if he can avoid injury. He played 88 games after his promotion from the minors as a rookie in 2013 and that's still his career high.
Has anyone outside the greater San Diego area noticed that Fernando Rodney has a 0.00 ERA through 22 1/3 innings? Nice. Might I recommend to A.J. Preller that he unload Rodney to a contender for anything of value ASAP?
Coming this July: Drew Pomeranz, NL All-Star (in Petco Park!).
Trade candidate James Shields saw his ERA rise from 3.06 to 4.28 in a Tuesday afternoon shellacking at the hands of the Mariners.
Matt Kemp has 10 homers and 30 RBI, which are good numbers. He also is hitting .228 with a .240 on-base percentage and has 43 strikeouts against only four walks. Such a weird line.
Former top prospect -- a lynchpin in the Ubaldo Jimenez-to-Cleveland-from-Colorado deal in 2011 -- Drew Pomeranz is putting it together as a starter at age 27. Through seven starts, he's struck out 51 in 40 innings with a 1.80 ERA. He's shut down the Pirates, Dodgers, Mets and Cubs, among others.
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