Man, this weekend was tough! I had a feeling that the series against the Cardinals was going to be a battle, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was really going to be. I guess that even though the Cards are not doing so great right now, they will always, always do great against the Padres. Just one of those bizarre baseball things.
Not going to lie, I think we really needed two of those games instead of just one. We were able to get back into first place for approximately a few hours, and we’re only half a game behind. It could have been a lot worse. But man, we’ve got to pull ourselves together. We can’t afford to be losing series like this.
We’ve got 13 games left in the regular season. 13!!! That’s barely anything, but if things keep going the way they have been lately, it’s going to be a battle all the way to the end. I’m sooo nervous!!!
I am counting on beating the Dodgers for the next three games. We ABSOLUTELY have to get at least two out of three. Preferably. Failure is not an option. It’s just gotta happen.
A huge positive from this weekend was Chris Young’s performance on Saturday. He only threw four innings, but he didn’t allow anything but a run and three hits. He threw 69 pitches, 41 for strikes. Most of them were fastballs too, but he was effective. Congrats CY!!
I just wanted to take a quick look at the ERAs of some of the guys in the bullpen. Our entire pitching staff is an overall 3.46, which is second in the Major Leagues, only behind the Giants by 0.01 points.
Joe Thatcher’s ERA is 1.32, which is second only to Chris Young’s 0.90 (haha). Joe’s thrown in 59 games.
Next is Mike Adams with a 1.82. He’s thrown in 62 games, but he has significantly more innings than Thatcher.
Heath Bell has a 1.87, which is great for a closer. He’s got 42 saves!
Ernesto Frieri is a 1.95, but he’s only thrown in 29 games.
Ryan Webb goes up to 2.95, but he’s only been in 48 games, while the guys in the 1.00’s have thrown a lot more.
Edward Mujica is 3.44. But Luke Gregerson is a 3.49, which is eh. He’s actually thrown more innings than anyone in the bullpen, though, so maybe he’s excused.
I just thought it was interesting how good some of these guys are by the numbers. Like Adams and Bell have been extremely instrumental. Gregerson too, but he seems to be slipping a little lately.
Well, I don’t you about you, but I still believe in this team. This division is absolutely crazy right now, but we’re still in it and I believe that we’ll be in the playoffs in a few weeks. Stick with them. They’re going to pull through.
GO SHOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE PADRES!!!! BEAT LA!!!
What an exciting game. What an exciting series. What an exciting homestand. What an exciting season!
If anyone still doesn’t believe in this team, I don’t know if they ever will. If you don’t believe in this team now, I don’t see how they can do anything less of winning the World Series to get you to say that hey, these guys are for real.
I know that as San Diegians, we’ve been let down time and time before. I understand your hesitation to be quick to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s safe. Trust me. I’ve been on the bandwagon for a long time and we’ve yet to get stuck in the mud. How can you watch this team and have any doubts that they’re for real?
Yesterday’s game was beautiful. First of all, you’ve got a pitching matchup between Clayton Richard and Johan Santana. It was quite the pitcher’s duel. Santana went seven innings, allowing nothing but five hits and five walks. Richard, on the other hand, did allow a run but only four hits and four walks.
That was basically the story, all the way until the bottom of the ninth. You know, it might have seemed like the Padres weren’t going to do anything the whole game, but they don’t just give up then. If you start giving up, hang around just a little bit longer. Maybe they’ll surprise you.
In the bottom of the ninth, with two out and a two-strike count, David Eckstein drove in the tying run. See? Told ya they’d surprise you.
The game went into the extra innings. Both bullpens were solid. Then we got to the bottom of the 11th, which was the big inning of this game.
Tony Gwynn led off with a double. Jon Garland, pinch-hitting, got a bunt down that got Tony out at third. Garland to first.
Jerry Hairston singled, and then Eck got hit-by-pitch to load the bases. That brought up Adrian Gonzalez.
Adrian’s really been heating up over the past week or so. Before that at-bat in the 11th, he had two singles and a triple.
Adrian took a ball, a strike, and a grand slam. Yep, he just sent that ball out to left to win the game, 5-1. It was SOOOO COOL!!!!
What made it even more cool was that we got TWO grand slams in one series. That is just too sweet.
I am so glad that we won this series. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the pitching match-up tomorrow: Mat Latos vs. Roy Halladay. It’s going to be so good.
I just have to say a few things about the horrible call by Jim Joyce last night in Armando Galarraga’s almost perfect game. Obviously, it was one of the most terrible calls we’ve had in a long time. The guy completely ruined the highlight of Galarraga’s career. But you see how incredibly remorseful he is about it. He knows. He knows that the guy was out. And he is deeply, deeply sorry about it. I bet he didn’t sleep at all last night, and it looks like he’s been crying for all that time. Sure, it was a terrible call, but there’s nothing he or anyone else can do about it. What Joyce really needs right now is not haters but forgivers. Think about it.
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We won an absolutely great game last night! I was very relieved that we didn’t continue that atrocious thing they were doing over the weekend (*cough losing cough*). Not only did we win the game, but we got a little more breathing room in our NL West lead!
Clayton Richard threw seven solid innings: three hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts. Great, great outing.
Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth homer of the season. Chase Headley singled in a run. And guess what Kyle Blanks did for us? He got hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. Beautiful, Blanksie. Hey, if he can’t do anything with the bat, might as well do whatever he can.
Chase and David Eckstein had two hits each on the night. Mike Adams and Heath Bell had good outings, but they both had to work themselves out of some jams that they got themselves into in the first place.
There were a lot of big things about this game, but another one of them was that we have now won seven games against the Giants this season…out of seven games. YES! That’s what I call complete domination!! Let’s make it eight tonight.
Speaking of tonight, Mat Latos is pitching. AHHHHH!! This guy is seriously becoming one of my favorites. He’s young, he’s cute, not to mention that he’s an AMAZING pitcher! Last week’s outing was sooo cool, I can’t wait to see what’s he’s going to do for an encore. It’s going to be goood.
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Last year, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter against us. We faced him again last night, and he was almost as good as that. This time, he threw a one-hitter. And the amazing thing is, we won the game.
Mat Latos started the game for us, and he was incredible. He went seven solid innings, giving up nothing but four hits and one walk. Absolutely amazing. Let me tell you something: if we hadn’t had the stunning pitching performances like we’ve had for the past five days, we would not have won those games. Without good pitching, you don’t win. But thankfully, we’ve had incredible pitching. Wow I love these guys.
In the bottom of the fourth, Chase Headley singled (that’s our one hit). He then stole second, and a batter later, Scotty Hairston hit a sac-fly to get him in.
Chase was an essential part of this game. Hey, he’s been an essential part of this winning streak! Last night he stole three bases, got our only hit, and scored our only run. Amazing.
Most times, a very close game like this one was is a lot more intense than a game where the Padres are winning like 17-2. This was a nail-biting, and we had some seriously close calls.
Mike Adams came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and instantly got himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off triple. Gulp.
He got the next guy to ground out to third. Then he got a pop-up to Adrian. Finally, he struck out the last guy he faced. It was scary, man, but Mike got himself into that situation, and it was up to him to get out of it. It was really, really great that he was able to, but Mike? How ’bout you don’t get yourself into that situation next time in the first place? It would make things a lot easier on all of us. Thank you.
Then my boys weren’t able to get any more runs in the bottom of the eighth, which was very scary. Heath Bell cannot handle one-run leads. It just doesn’t work with him. I would really, really appreciate it if you stopped making him go out there with only one run to work with!! It’s just to hard on my heart.
I don’t understand why on earth Heath has to make things so interesting, but for some reason, he does. He got an out, but then he put the tying run on base with a walk. What on earth?? That’s not very logical. Then he allowed a single!! I was freaking out. Thankfully, the runner stopped at third, but now you’ve got runners on first and third with only ONE out!!!
Oh man it was awful. Heath got the next batter to fly out to right field, and the runner at third stayed put. Then, the last batter was super intense. You could tell that Heath was ready to get that guy because he was sticking with his fastball and going right for the strike zone. It went called strike, swinging strike, foul, foul, and finally, swinging strike. After all those fastballs, Heath went with his curve and got John Bowker to go for it. HUGE sigh of relief here.
As I was sitting there watching the game on Gameday, I didn’t want us to lose it. Not only would it be our fifth win in a row, and we would win the series, but we would win a game with only one hit. I think that’s pretty sweet. I was very, very relieved when Mike and Heath were able to get out of those nightmarish innings. You guys can’t do that to me!!!
All that matters though, is that we won the game. We won a game with only one hit. Of course, that’s a terrible thing, because we really need to have more hits as a team, but the story of this game is the pitching. Sanchez and Latos were incredible. Sanchez struck out ten batters. The bullpens were not perfect, but they were able to keep the other team from scoring. Overall, it was an incredible game.
Another thing I’m super excited about is that we’ve moved into first place with these Giants. YES!!! I love it when my boys are #1. I know we were in first place for a while last season, and it didn’t last very long, but it will be very interesting to see how it goes this season. How cool would it be if we stayed in first place for a very long time? I love these boys!!
The series finale against the Giants is going to be this afternoon down at Petco. It’s not a rubber game, because my boys already won the series!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I think it would be amazing if we could sweep this series and take sole possesion of the NL West. Sound good? Let’s do it.
Jon Garland’s pitching, so he really needs to get things together. I will not be happy at all if he blows this game for us. GET IT TOGETHER JON STEVEN GARLAND!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, that’s my boys. Top of the NL West. I’m so proud to be a Padres fan right now, and I’m looking forward to some more amazing baseball.
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that it’s 2010 already? I certainly can’t. It’s unbelievable how fast the time is going by!
But I’m super excited about a new year, which means a new season of Padres baseball! Let’s see, it’s been about three months since I got to listen to a Padres game. It doesn’t seem like much, but it has been a really long time! On the bright side, we have just over a month until pitchers anc catchers report. This season is going to be here before we know it!
I would like to look at the team as it stands right now. I know we’ll probably make a few more moves before Opening Day, but as of right now, what does the team look like?
Pitching: I think we’re definitely going to have to add at least one more veteran guy to this rotation. Right now, we’ve got Kevin Correia, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard, and Chris Young in contention for the rotation, among others. Oh dear, I hope so much that CY will be able to stay healthy all year. I miss him sooo much!! These are all great guys, and great pitchers as well. That said, most of them are very young. If the Padres add a veteran pitcher or two, I think we can take that as a sign that some of these guys are going to be in the minors for the first half of the season. Latos, LeBlanc, Richard, are amazing pitchers, but there’s room to grow. I think that the Padres are going to try to get some more starting pitchers before Spring Training.
I think the bullpen is good to go, though. Sure, you can never have enough pitching, but we have a great group of guys out there right now: Mike Adams, Greg Burke, Mike Ekstrom, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica, Joe Thatcher, Ryan Webb, plus the closer, Heath Bell. I don’t think we’ll have too much of a problem with finding guys for that bullpen.
Catching: Catching is one of the biggest gaps that I see on this team right now. We only have Nick Hundley and Dusty Ryan on the roster right now, both very young guys. I’m still not sure how the Padres are going to sort out this position, but my best bet would be that they sign a veteran catcher. It would make a lot of sense. So, we definitely need a little help on the catching side.
Infield: I think we’re very well covered in the infield: we’ve got Adrian Gonzalez, David Eckstein, Everth Cabrera, and Kevin Kouzmanoff. All four are phenomenal defensive players, and they’re a blast the watch. You’ve got a two-time Gold Glove winner in Adrian Gonzalez. A veteran guy in Eck. A young, but excellent guy in Everth. Plus an almost-Gold-Glove winner in Kouz. I feel very safe with this infield. They’re amazing!
Outfield: Like Hyun Young said, this outfield is very, very young. We’ve got Kyle Blanks, Luis Durango, Tony Gwynn, Chase Headley, and Will Venable. Kyle really impressed last year. He’s a big kid with a lot of power, and I think he’s a fixture in the outfield.
Durango didn’t play much in the outfield when he was up here at the end of last year, but he can run. He caused quite the stir in San Diego after a few stunning games. If he gets on base, he’s going to get to second. Or third. I am really excited about seeing what this guy can do.
T. Gwynn’s been in the majors for a while, but I think he’s going to thrive here. It’s super exciting 🙂 Chase has been in the outfield for a couple seasons, but is still pretty young. As long as he finds his bat, I think he’ll have a great season.
And Will. I love Will. He’s a great kid, and an amazing outfielder. I really hope he sticks around on the roster for the whole season.
We’ve got a great outfield, but very young. I think we definitely need to sign a veteran guy.
Bench: I’d say that the bench is the biggest problem. Our bench has always been terrible. We’ve tried guys like Tony Clark and Cliff Floyd, but they’ve always been hurt or not that great. It’s a really tough part to play, coming off the bench late in a game all the time, but hey, it has to be done. I definitely think that we need help in this area.
So, as you can see, things are looking pretty positive. I don’t think we’re 100%, but we’re getting close. A few pieces, and I really think that we can have a great winning season.
That’s the biggest thing that we need to work on this season: winning. The second half of last season was great. I really, really loved being a fan of a winning team. It was so much fun! But that’s gotta carry over to this season. Padres fans are getting excited about this team. Things are changing for the good, and I just really hope that we’re not wrong in placing our trust in this team.
No matter what happens, it’s going to be great to have baseball back. I miss it: the sound of a well-struck ball off the bat, long summer nights listening to Ted, Andy, and Jerry, the beauty of a ball snagged by an infielder and hurled across the infield. I miss it a lot!
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I can’t wait for 2010 Padres baseball. GO PADRES!!!
I am so excited about the game tonight! It’s going to be a blast. Man, this has been a great season. From Fan Day to today, it’s been so much fun! I’ve been extremely blessed with being able to go to four games, and I’m going to my fifth tonight.
Even though the Padres are out of it, this is going to be like a playoff game here. I am so excited! There’s probably going to be a lot of Dodgers fans coming in, including Emma, as they look for their team to clinch the NL West. Well, sorry guys, but I really really hope you don’t get it tonight. Tomorrow, maybe, but not tonight. I need to see my boys get a win here. In fact, I refuse to let you guys clinch tonight. Not on our turf. Not on my watch.
Things are always super intense when the Padres and Dodgers meet. It’s definitely going to be a playoff atmosphere for these next two days. I was at the second game of the season, when we opened against the Dodgers. I had a blast, screaming “BEAT LA!” I loved the atmosphere. I loved cheering as hard as possible to drown out the Dodgers fans. I love this. It’s going to be sweet. Bring it on!
I’m also super excited about the return of the Kouz. He’s missed 17 games!! I’ve missed him like crazy. It’s going to be so good to see him on that field again, being his usual amazing self. I’m probably going to cry when he’s announced tonight. Oh man, I can’t wait to see him again. I LOVE YOU KOOOOOOOOOOZ!!!!
In case you didn’t notice, I’m SUPER excited about going to the game tonight 🙂 It’s going to be so much fun, and I’ll try to get a blog entry up tomorrow with all the pictures and stories from all my adventures out there. I love PETCO. I love my Padres. I love beating LA. It’s going to be a great night.
So I watched this video this morning and it made me cry like crazy. It was the Angels’ tribute to Nick Adenhart after clinching the AL West last night. Oh man. Check it out here.
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night
GO PADRES!! BEAT LA!!!