April 2010

Not What I Expected

It’s been a week since the season started, and so far, I have not seen what I expected from this Padres team. I guess I’m really learning the lesson that the spring doesn’t tell you anything about what the regular season is going to look like. So far, that’s very true for the Padres.

In the spring, we were hitting, running, pitching, dominating, and winning. But in the first six games of the season, I have seen almost nothing of that. It’s very disappointing, and I have to admit that I thought we were going to be much better than this. Maybe I was biased and too hopeful, but just as you can’t judge a regular season by spring training, I believe that you can’t judge a regular season by its first few games. So I’ve still got a lot of hope for this team.

We’ve only stolen four bases. We’ve struck out 56 times, which leads the majors. Our team batting average is .218. Not good. Not good at all.

We’ve had two excellent wins. I mean, not every game is perfect, but both of those wins were amazing. On Saturday, we won against Colorado in 14 innings. I guess that a 2-4 record against division rivals isn’t that bad, but it’s not what I expected at all.

There’s something extremely essential to every baseball game, and that’s the starting pitching. So far, our starting pitching has been very iffy. We’ve allowed 11 home runs, which is second only to the Angels, who have given up 12. Jon Garland’s had two starts, and he’s only gone ten innings, allowed six runs, and he’s 0-2.

In Kevin Correia’s first start, he went six innings, but he allowed four runs and is 0-1.

Clayton Richard’s 0-1. Mat Latos allowed four runs in six innings. Chris Young is the only starter with a really quality start this season, and guess what? Saddest news I’ve heard about this team in a long time, but Chris is going on the DL. Again. Again. Again. ARGH!!!

This makes me soooo sad. I was so thrilled about CY’s incredible start last week, and I am totally depressed that he’s back there again. I’m sick of having him on the DL. I’m sure that he’s very sick of it, too. But it’s gotta be so unbelievably frustrating. I know it is for me. This guy can pitch so well, we saw that last week, but he just can’t see to catch a break and stay heathy!!! It’s so awful. Sigh. Well, I really, really hope that he’ll be fine after this and will be able to come back as quickly as possible. Get well soon, Chris. We miss you already.

cHRIS yOUNG.jpgSo CY was supposed to be starting this afternoon’s home opener, but that’s obviously not going to happen, so Kevin Correia is taking his place. That shouldn’t be a problem, just as long as he can hang in there for a long time without giving up anything.

I don’t know what our problem was last week. Granted, we were faced up against some pitchers who were absolutely unhittable. But why can’t our pitchers be like that? Why aren’t they the ones shutting down the other team’s hitters? Maybe it was because we were not at home. Maybe we’re just adjusting to real games. I don’t know what it was, but it’s gotta change ASAP.

But on the other hand, I don’t believe that these few games can tell us how the rest of the season’s going to be. Baseball is way to fickle for that. Who knows? We could be like this all season. We could have a turnaround and be winning two out of every three instead of only one out of three. We could have a long losing streak or a long winning streak. We just don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s very likely that we’ll go through both extremes. 

We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen this season. Isn’t that amazing? If we didn’t have that uncertainty, baseball would be incredibly boring. But we’ve got that unknown, so it keeps us watching. We see teams come out of nowhere and win big time. We see the biggest and the best teams have complete meltdowns.

Frankly, I don’t think we’ll really know what’s going to happen with the Padres until the last week of the season. Then we’ll be completely sure that we’re either going to have another average season or we’re going to the playoffs. This team is going to keep me guessing all season long. I just hope that we’ll be winning most of that time.

Today is Opening Day. Sure, I know it was officially a week ago, but this is really it. We unfortunately had to start the season on the road, but this is really the beginning, right here in San Diego. Every series is a new beginning.

I wanted to say a few words about Trevor Hoffman. As I’m sure a lot of you know, he’s on the quest for 600 saves. Can I just say that it’s a huge shame that he’s not with the Padres right now? Just think of the publicity the Padres and San Diego would be getting. I think the front office should trade for him right away. Just think of the headlines.

Also, Trev’s blown two games in a row, and the Brewers seem to be getting a little worried. I think that’s even more reason to get him over here now. Of course, the manager said that he’s going to use Trevor ’cause Trevor’s his closer, but they always say that just because he’s Trevor. So, I think that the Brewers should get him off their backs so they don’t have to worry about him blowing games for them. Why not send him back to where they got him from?

trevor fist.jpgI really really really really really really miss Trevor!!! And I still think that the front office were complete idiots to get rid of him. Grrrrrrrr.

Well, the game’s starting in about two hours!! I’m super excited!! We’d better get a big win.

GO PADRES!!  

That’s More Like It

IMG_1153.JPGWe saw a great Padres team during Spring Training. Somehow, that team got left behind on Opening Day. But thankfully, they got here last night! That dominant-pitching, base-stealing, agressive-hitting, stunning-defense team that we watched in Spring Training has arrived.

Seriously, it was a huge relief to watch these guys play last night. They had me a little worried there after Opening Day, but I think everything’s going to be okay.

A huge part of the success of this game was the pitching performance by Chris Young. Did you know that this guy hadn’t started a game since June of last year? Anyways, he threw six incredibly solid innings. He threw a one-hitter with three walks and five strikeouts. Man he was solid. That was the Chris Young that we saw in 2007. He’s been plagued by injuries for the past few seasons, but I think he’s really back. And that’s HUGE news for the Padres. It’s just huge. Amazing outing by CY last night.

chrisyoung.jpgAnother big part of this game was Everth Cabrera. In the top of the second, he hit a two-run double to break open the game.

Then Will Venable hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth. That kid has soo much power!

willvenable.jpgIn the top of the sixth, Everth did it again. This time he hit a two-run triple to extend our lead to 5-0. He finished the game with three hits and four RBIs. 

CY was pulled after only 86 pitches, so the bullpen came in and made things interesting. Luke Gregerson came in and gave up three runs. Not good. Then Cesar Ramos and Mike Adams came in and they did fine.

So we went into the top of the ninth with a 5-3 lead, and I was already thinking about getting some insurance for Heath. Yeah, I know, he did great last year, but he made it interesting enough to make me nervous even with a two-run lead. So I was thrilled when Adrian Gonzalez hit his second home run of the year in as many nights.

ADRIAN’S SOOO AMAZING!!! I just think it’s soooo cool that he’s already got two home runs and we’ve only played two games. Man he’s amazing.

We got our extra insurance run, and Heath Bell came in to try to save his first game of the year. He did make things interesting, as usual, which was actually caused by his defense, but then they redeemed themselves by turning a double play behind him. He struck out the last batter to finish of the game.

Huge sigh of relief. That game was amazing, and soooo much better than the game before. I’m so thrilled that we were able to play so amazingly last night.

By the way, we stole three bases last night. It was really cool to see all that during the spring, but even better to know that it’s actually going to happen in the regular season.

Tonight we’re wrapping up this series with the D’backs. Kevin Correia will be starting for the Padres. YAY!!

GO PADRES!!   

Opening Up and Down

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Well, that wasn’t what we hoped for.

In the very first game of the season, with all these expectations and hopes riding on them, the Padres played a really bad game.

I guess it wasn’t really all their fault. After all, Dan Haren was completely dominant. So, what went wrong?

First of all, Jon Garland was not that sharp. He allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, plus he threw about 30 pitches in that one inning alone. It was not good. You could just tell that it was going to be a loooong game from the start. As we all know, if you don’t have good pitching, you don’t win. And yesterday, Garland was just not on top of things.

Second, our defense was blundering all over the place. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was not the team we’ve been watching all spring. This game makes me want to cry! There’s one statement I can make that describes how bad our defense was yesterday: Jon Garland allowed six runs – only two were earned.

Isn’t that awful? I mean, ugh. Awful awful awful. But unfortunately, that’s not the end of it. A couple of those runs came on a two-run inside the park home run by Justin Upton. The outfield looked completely helpless. They were running around, trying to get the ball, and they couldn’t even get a throw into the outfield. I hate seeing my boys so helpless like that. It was horrible.

There were quite a few positives, though. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits, a double and his first home run of the season. Chase Headley also had two hits. Kyle Blanks had our other hit. pades.com points out something pretty sad: “And those go-go Padres, who were a hit in Spring Training with their assertiveness on the bases? It’s hard to steal first base, as the joke goes. The Padres had three baserunners in the first eight innings.”

ARGH!!!

Okay, I know that it’s only the first game of the season, and we’ve got a looooong way to go. But we made a lot of stupid mistakes yesterday, and we shouldn’t have. It always stinks to lose, but especially on Opening Day.

But we did fight back. In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks hit back-to-back homers. That was good. But too short.

It’s too bad that it had to happen on Opening Day, but this is one of the games that you have to forget. I remember last year on Opening Day Jake Peavy started and was not good at all. We lost the game 4-1 against the Dodgers. I was not happy about that at all, but I had to put it behind me and just look forward to the next game. So that’s what I’m going to do today. We’ve got Chris Young going for us, and we’re not going against Dan Haren. Things are looking better already.

GO PADRES!!! 

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Blogging the Padres in ’10

I am very excited to be starting my second full season of blogging here at MLBlogs.com. It’s been an amazing experience, I look forward to much more blogging about my boys here! And so I would like to present to you my new blogging philosophy-type-thing. Here’s what you can expect from this blog this season, and what I want to accomplish:

  • First off, you can expect next-day game analysis. I love to write about the games, so that’s what you’ll see a lot here. I’ll go over the pitching, the big hits, the defense, etc. I usually write about a good part of the game, but I’m going to do it in a way that both imforms people who didn’t watch the game and keeps the attention of the people who watched the game, read the paper, or know what happened in the game already. If you’re a die-hard Padres fan, you mostly likely know all the highlights by the next morning, and those are old news to you. But I want you to be able to read my entries and not be like, been there, done that. The way I will do that will be by going beyond the game a little bit while still talking baout it. I’m going to use a lot of pictures, opinions, stories, and stuff that you won’t see in a box score.
  • I want my entries to be interesting, entertaining, and the quality of stuff you’d read on padres.com. I want my stuff to be fun to read. I want you to be entertained here. I want you to be able to see this as fun place with fun entries to read. I write this for you guys to enjoy.
  • Part of the success of this blog is feedback from you, the reader. I am very open to suggestions and opinions from all my readers. You guys are the ones reading this stuff, and if there’s something you’d like to see here, let me know. If you disagree with something that I say, tell me about it and explain your opinion. If you tell me that you hate the Padres, that’s cool with me. I respect everyone’s opinion, and I know that not everyone is going to like my favorite team. But I will explain to you why I love the Padres. If you predict that the Padres are going to finish last in the West, I’ll tell you why I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ll argue for my team, but I won’t do it in a mean way. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is defend my team to naysayers. I love it! We all have different opinions about different things, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a good debate about it.
  • I want to expand my readership through Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs and networks. I really love being able to share my Padres thoughts with all of you. I’ve “met” so many amazing people through this, and I really want to continue that.
  • One of the things that I love about having this blog is the ability to express my opinion. I am sure that this blog would be terribly boring without my opinions and thoughts sprinkled throughout it. I’m not afraid to rip into any of these guys on the 25-man roster if I feel that they’re not playing up to their full potential. I have been known to rip the whole team after some horrible games. Of course, the only reason I do that is because I love these guys a lot and I want to them to do well. When they aren’t doing well, they don’t deserve to be praised. I remember a time last year when I was sooo frustrated with the guys that I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I converted to the Red Sox Nation for the weekend, which included changing the background on my blog. Yeah, it was that bad. So, you’ll get a lot of my opinons here, the good and the bad.
  • Most of all, I want to give glory to God through this blog. Part of that includes not getting angry at people who have different opinions than me, being able to debate with people about baseball but not in a mean way, and ripping into my team nicely. I am sooo thankful to God for everything, and He’s been so good to me. The least I can do is give glory to Him in everything that I do. Thank you God!!

So that’s what I want to do this year. I want to provide you guys with quality writing and Padres analysis. I want to entertain you guys and have a lot of fun this year. I love blogging a lot, and I have a blast doing it. I’m so thankful that I get to!

Here’s to an amazing season of Padres baseball. Don’t predict my team to end last, ’cause we’re going to surprise you. I don’t know how good we’re going to be, but we’re going to be better. I hope you’ll take this journey of 162 games along with me and this blog. Thank you so much for reading!!

We’ve got some unfinished business: winning the World Series.

GO PADRES!!!!   

Right Around the Corner

I’m so frustrated that I didn’t get to blog at all in the past few days!! It’s amazing how much blogging helps me keep up with my boys…I have barely any idea of what’s been happening for them this week!

But the important thing is that Spring Training is as good as done and Opening Day is literally right around the corner! I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! I cannot wait to see what these boys will do in the real thing. I wish I could really express how excited I am, but that would probably consist of extended screaming and excessive jumping up and down for a really long time, and I don’t think you want to see what that looks like typed. Suffice it to day that I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!

Our official rotation is Jon Garland, Chris Young, Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard and Mat Latos. Starting pitcher on Monday: Jon Garland. We’re looking so great, it’s not even funny. IT’S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!

I can’t wait to see my boys go out there and play like they have been for the better part of the spring. Wasn’t that just so much fun to watch? I had a blast this spring. It’s so amazing to have my boys winning like this, and it’s going to be even better to see them do it in the regular season. I’m soooo proud of my boys. They’re doing so incredibly, and it’s been a blast to see how they’ve grown so far. I can’t wait for the real thing!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Hey, did you know that Trevor Hoffman is only six saves away from #600??? That’s just amazing. I miss you soooooo much Trevor, and I wish you could be getting #600 with us. Sniff sniff.

We’re going to dominate this season. Just wait and see.

GO PADRES!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!  

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