Let me be the first to say that I am terrified to see what the San Diego Padres' record will look like at the end of the season and I'm not excited to watch this team other than to track Jedd Gyorko's progression as a major leaguer and to see how some of the other younger guys do when given an opportunity to play regularly.
During the offseason, I speculated about issues the Padres had with their current roster. One of my biggest areas of concern were the obvious deficiencies with their starting rotation. Not only has this prediction so far proven to be true, but the Padres' bullpen doesn't seem to be fairing much better as the team's offensive production and poor defense have just added injury to insult in a disastrous opening week.
Let's take a look at some numbers in the starting rotation:
Edinson Volquez - 0-2 record, 9 IP, 10 ER, 4 BB and a 10.00 ERA
Is there any hope for the Padres rotation?
Clayton Richard - 0-1 record, 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 2 BB, 14.54 ERA
Jason Marquis - 0-1 record, 6 IP, 2 ER (five runs allowed), 1 BB, 3.00 ERA
Tyson Ross - 0-1 record, 4 IP, 2 ER (three runs allowed), 4 BB, 4.50 ERA
Eric Stults - 1-0 record, 5 IP, ) 0 ER, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Enough to scare you already? With the exception of Eric Stults, who in all fairness pitched well for the Padres in 2012, the rest of the staff is a nightmare so far and the thought of watching them for an entire season makes me wish 2014 were here already.
Okay, so it's early in the season and the Padres have the same record as the Houston Astros, the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers (all teams that weren't expected to excel in 2013 other than perhaps the Brewers), but the way this team is currently playing, is there much hope or room for improvement as the season goes on?
Let's take a look at the pen:
Joe Thatcher - 3 IP, 2 ER, 18.00 ERA
Will the pen save the rotation from imminent disaster?
Brad Brach - 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 19.29 ERA
Anthony Bass - 6.2 IP,4 ER, 5.40 ERA
Andrew Cashner - 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 3.86 ERA
Dale Thayer - 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA
Luke Gregerson - 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA
Huston Street - 1 IP, 1 ER, 9.00 ERA, but he does have one save in one opportunity.
I think we all expect Gregerson to perform well in his setup role, but I think it's imminent that Thayer will eventually lay an egg and I can only hope that the others can figure it out before it's too late. But my optimism is waning and I'm not sure we'll see brighter days in the near future as all signs are currently pointing to storm clouds and rain with not much anticipated sunlight in the distance.
As it stands right now, the Padres have the 28th worst ERA in the MLB (5.71 ERA), only one quality start (ranking them at No. 24 in league) a 1.49 WHIP (good for 28th in the league) and an opposing batting average of .252 (good for 19th in the league).
Sorry, but I think I'm about to get sick.
Do I even need to apprise you of the offense? Take a look:
Everth Cabrera - .182 average, no extra base hits, two stolen bases in 22 at-bats
Will Venable - .133 average, one double, five strikeouts in 15 at-bats
Team batting average at the end of the month?
Yonder Alonso - .190 average, one home run, one RBI in 21 at-bats
Carlos Quentin - .308 average, three doubles, three RBI in 13 at-bats
Jedd Gyorko - .261 average, six hits, three doubles, three RBI, five strikeouts in 23 at-bats
Chris Denorfia - .417 average, seven hits, two doubles, one RBI in 12 at-bats
Alexi Amarista - .111 average, two hits, one double in 18 at-bats
Cameron Maybin - .059 average, one hit (a double) in 17 at-bats
John Baker - .375 average, three hits, no extra base hits in eight at-bats
Mark Kotsay - .556 average, five hits, no extra base hits in nine at-bats
Jesus Guzman - .286 average, two hits, one double, one RBI in seven at-bats
Nick Hundley - .133 average, two hits, one double, six strikeouts in 15 at-bats
Cody Ransom - .000 average, three strikeouts in six at-bats
Yeah, I know, enough to make you nauseous right? Though Denorfia, Quentin, Kotsay and Baker are off to hot starts, I hate to say that none of these performances will likely sustain themselves during a full season, and if the rest of the bats don't pick up soon, 2013 will be another long year for Padres fans.
The team currently ranks 25th in runs, 28th in batting average, 27th in OBP and 29th in slugging.
As an avid follower of Padres baseball, I hope the team gives Guzman more of an opportunity to play full time. The kid can hit, so let him play. Who agrees with me?
Gyroko will compete for the NL Rookie of the Year?
Gyorko is another guy who is off to a decent start in his major league debut and I hope to see great things out of his bat this season. And though I hope to see him battling for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, his numbers may not be as inflated as fans want them to be with the current production surrounding him.
Maybe it has something to do with the Padres not performing well when playing out of Petco Park? Could coming home to play turn the tables and show a different result?
I sure hope it does, because the way things are currently going for my beloved Padres, we may as well bring up the farm and let them get the experience they need at the major league level.
Who's with me here? What are your thoughts on the first week of play and how do you think this team will perform the rest of the season?