In my weekly update of the San Diego Padres, there unfortunately isn't a lot of positive changes I can comment on from my previous entry in week one.
The hapless Padres are currently 2-9 on the season, 5.5 games out of first place, have a 1-4 record at home, a 1-5 record on the road and have lost five straight games.
They've been the center of controversy from a bench-clearing brawl that took Dodger co-ace Zack Greinke out of the lineup for at least eight weeks, pitching hasn't improved much and, aside from a few position players starting to step it up, not much more has come from the offense.
Let's take a look at some numbers in the starting rotation:
Last week: 0-2 record, 9 IP, 10 ER, 4 BB,10.00 ERA
Week two: 0-3 record, 12.1 IP, 16 ER, 7 BB, 11.68 ERA, 9 K's, .356 average, 2.27 WHIP
Last week: 0-1 record, 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 2 BB, 14.54 ERA
Week two: 0-1 record, 9.1 IP, 9 ER, 5 BB, 8.68 ERA, 4 K's, .366 average, 2.14 WHIP
Last week: 0-1 record, 6 IP, 2 ER (five runs allowed), 1 BB, 3.00 ERA
Week two: 0-1 record, 11 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3.27 ERA, 6 K's, .283 average, 1.64 WHIP
Last week: 0-1 record, 4 IP, 2 ER (three runs allowed), 4 BB, 4.50 ERA
Week two: 0-1 record, 9.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 BB, 4.82 ERA, 10 K's, .229 average, 1.61 WHIP
Last week: 1-0 record, 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Week two: 1-1, 10 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3.60 ERA, 11 K's, .275 average, 1.30 WHIP
Should Cashner and Bass be in the starting rotation?
Overall, not much improvement from the starting staff.
Volquez seems to be getting worse with each start and, though Richard improved slightly from week one, there's still not much to write home about.
Is it time to give Andrew Cashner and Anthony Bass a chance to start? I definitely think so. However, it still bums me out that the Padres' "top two pitchers" are playing so horrendously.
And if you're like me, I cringe every time I see any of our starters take the mound. Who knows what to expect each start? It's a total crapshoot.
Okay, so let's take a look at the pen:
Last week: 1 IP, 2 ER, 18.00 ERA
Week two: 0-0, 3 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6.00 ERA, 1 K, .471 average, 3.00 WHIP
Last week: 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 19.29 ERA
Week two: 0-0, 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8.44 ERA, 8 K's, .458 average, 2.63 WHIP
Last week: 6.2 IP,4 ER, 5.40 ERA
Week two: 0-0, 8.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4.15 ERA, 9 K's, .314 average, 1.62 WHIP
Last week: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 3.86 ERA
Week two: 0-0, 8 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3.38 ERA, 7 K's, .214 average, 1.13 WHIP
Last week: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA
Week two: 0-0, 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0.00 ERA, 9 K's, .000 average, 0.75 WHIP
Last week: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA
Week two: 1-1, 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1.80 ERA, 5 K's, .111 average, 0.60 WHIP
Last week: 1 IP, 1 ER, 9.00 ERA, 1 SV
Week two: 0-1, 3 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9.00 ERA, 1 K, .308 average, 1.67 WHIP
Last week: N/A
Week two: 0-0, 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4.91 ERA, 2 K's, .250 average, 1.64 WHIP
So as you can see, not much improvement here either.
If anything, our team average and WHIP have gone up, and other than Thayer and Gregerson, no one else in the pen is really performing well.
Did you all see Street give up the game in the ninth inning Friday night? Pretty horrific, wasn't it? Once again, I'd like to say something positive about the situation, but I can't.
Okay, let's move on to offense:
Last week: .182 average, no extra base hits, 2 stolen bases
Week two: .302/.375/.419, 1 home run, 1 triple, 2 RBI, 7 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, 4 K's
Last week: .133 average, 1 double, 5 strikeouts
Week two: .273/.351/.576, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 6 RBI, 12 K's, 1 stolen base
Last week: .190 average, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Week two: .293/.302/.463, 2 home runs, 1 double, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored, 5 K's
Last week: .308 average, 3 doubles, 3 RBI
Week two: .174/.310/.304, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 4 K's
Last week: .261 average, 6 hits, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 5 K's
Week two: .231/.333/.308, 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 5 runs scored, 8 K's
Last week: .417 average, 7 hits, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
Week two: .393/.452/.500, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 5 runs scored, 4 K's
Last week: .111 average, 2 hits, 1 double
Week two: .172/.200/.276, 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 4 K's
Last week: .059 average, 1 hit (a double)
Week two: .074/.138/.111, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 4 K's
Last week: .375 average, 3 hits, no extra base hits
Week two: .273/.273/.273, 3 hits, 1 K
Last week: .556 average, 5 hits, no extra base hits
Week two: .429/.467/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 K's
Last week: .286 average, 2 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI
Week two: .214/.389/.286, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 K's
Last week: .133 average, 2 hits, 1 double, 6 K's
Week two: .333/.353/.576, 1 home run, 5 doubles, 3 RBI, 5 runs scored, 8 K's
Cody Ransom - No longer with team.
Will the Padres offense improve in week 3?
Okay, so some have improved, but most have gotten worse.
It is nice to see Alonso, Hundley and Cabrera starting to perform. Hundley has been on fire this last week and is making a great case for him to remain in the lineup when Yasmani Grandal returns. But between you and me, it's about time he started performing after the Padres frivolously signed him to an extension after his first and only decent year as the team's backstop.
Cabrera and Alonso were two players I was hoping would have breakout seasons this year. If they can keep up this current pace, who knows what to expect out of the top of the lineup when Headley returns sometime this week. However, though I hope for success, I'm not going to hold my breath and raise my expectations too high.
Yes Padres fans, 2013 still looks to be a very rough year for us. I'm not trying to be pessimistic and negative in the second week of the year, but I'm being honest and realistic. And I think many of you agree with me with my feelings towards this team.
I am, however, looking forward to seeing what happens in the series versus the Dodgers starting Monday. I will be at all of the games, and yes, will be wearing my Padres gear regardless of the Quentin/Greinke brawl. Hey, I'm a fan and need to support our boys. But if this third week of ball proves to be anything similar to the first two, don't expect to hear me praising the rest of the season in my week three update.
Time will tell...