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Week 3 Update: Despite Sweep of Dodgers, Padres Still Looking Bad
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Week three of my San Diego Padres update and I finally have one extremely positive thing to say about the team: the Padres swept the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nothing, I repeat, nothing makes me happier than when the Padres beat the Dodgers.  Even more, when the Padres beat the Dodgers in their own stadium.  

I went to game two of the series, and as usual, Dodgers fans showed up in the third inning and left around the seventh.  I guess they couldn't accept the fact that the last place Padres had their number in three straight games.  Or was it because it was a weekday series and traffic was just too much to tolerate?  

Whatever the case, it was the one shining moment for me in a season that has been depressing at best.  

So let's see, the Padres are now 5-13 on the season, 8.5 games out of first place, have a 1-5 record at home, a 4-8 record on the road and have lost three straight games to the San Francisco Giants as they got swept in the series by the bay.  

Oh, and it looks like Kyle Blanks may be injured again as he slammed into the wall in Sunday's game in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Hey, at least he made the play.

 

Let's take a look at the rotation:

Edinson Volquez:

Last week: 0-3 record, 12.1 IP, 16 ER, 7 BB, 11.68 ERA, 9 K's, .356 average, 2.27 WHIP

Week three: 0-3 record, 18.1 IP, 18 ER, 10 BB, 8.84 ERA, 12 K's, .354 average, 2.13 WHIP

Clayton Richard:

Last week: 0-1 record, 9.1 IP, 9 ER, 5 BB, 8.68 ERA, 4 K's, .366 average, 2.14 WHIP

Week three: 0-1 record, 15.1 IP, 9 ER, 9 BB, 5.28 ERA, 8 K's, .279 average, 1.70 WHIP

Jason Marquis: 

Last week: 0-1 record, 11 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3.27 ERA, 6 K's, .283 average, 1.64 WHIP

Week three: 1-1 record, 18.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 BB, 2.41 ERA, 11 K's, .225 average, 1.18 WHIP

Tyson Ross: 

Last week: 0-1 record, 9.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 BB, 4.82 ERA, 10 K's, .229 average, 1.61 WHIP

Week three: 0-1 record, 14 IP, 6 ER, 10 BB, 3.86 ERA, 12 K's, .259 average, 1.71 WHIP

Eric Stults

Last week: 1-1, 10 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3.60 ERA, 11 K's, .275 average, 1.30 WHIP

Week three: 2-1, 16 IP, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3.94 ERA, 15 K's, .303 average, 1.44 WHIP

Andrew Cashner:

 Last week: 0-0, 8 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3.38 ERA, 7 K's, .214 average, 1.13 WHIP

Week three: 0-1 record, 13.1 IP, 6 ER, 4.05 ERA, 14 K's, .196 average, 1.20 WHIP, 1st start of the season.

Okay, so a decent improvement in our starting pitching.  

Sure it's a little disappointing that Ross went on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder subluxation, but at least it gave Cashner an opportunity to get his first start of the season.

It's just funny to me that at this point in the season, the Padres' top two starters are Jason Marquis and Eric Stults.  Not quite the two pitchers that I thought would start the season hot, but whatever works I guess.

I think the team needs to give Anthony Bass a start as well this coming week just to see what he is capable of.  I personally think he would pitch better than Volquez.

And what about Richard's six innings of shutout ball against the Colorado Rockies where he only gave up two hits and struck out four.  Is this a move in the right direction for him?  Of course it is.  Can he keep this up for the rest of the season?  Ask me that question next week on my update after he faces the Milwaukee Brewers at home next Tuesday night.  

 

So how about the pen?

Joe Thatcher:

Last week: 0-0, 3 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6.00 ERA, 1 K, .471 average, 3.00 WHIP

Week three: 0-0, 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4.15 ERA, .435 average, 2.54 WHIP

Brad Brach:

Last week: 0-0, 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8.44 ERA, 8 K's, .458 average, 2.63 WHIP

Week three: 1-0, 8.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5.19 ERA, 11 K's, .371 average, 2.08 WHIP

Anthony Bass: 

Last week: 0-0, 8.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4.15 ERA, 9 K's, .314 average, 1.62 WHIP

Week three: 0-0, 12.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2.84 ERA, 10 K's, .239 average, 1.26 WHIP

Dale Thayer:

Last week: 0-0, 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0.00 ERA, 9 K's, .000 average, 0.75 WHIP

Week three: 0-1, 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2.25 ERA, 11 K's, .080 average, 0.88 WHIP

Luke Gregerson

Last week: 1-1, 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1.80 ERA, 5 K's, .111 average, 0.60 WHIP

Week three: 1-2, 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2.16 ERA, 7 K's, .172 average, 0.84 WHIP

Huston Street:

Last week: 0-1, 3 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9.00 ERA, 1 K, .308 average, 1.67 WHIP

Week three: 0-1, 5 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7.20 ERA, 2 K's, .300 average, 1.80 WHIP

Thad Weber:

Last week: 0-0, 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4.91 ERA, 2 K's, .250 average, 1.64 WHIP

Week three: N/A

Okay, so a little improvement here as well.  Not much, but something is better than nothing.

The Padres should really recall some of the younger guys in the minors and see what they can do.  

I'd like to see Brad Boxberger back up with the team and really can't wait to see how Kevin Quackenbush does when given the chance to pitch in the bigs.

Regardless of what they decide to do, this group of arms still doesn't convince me that they can perform the entire 2013 season, and I know it's only a matter of time before the front office decides to give some of the farm kids a chance.

 

Let's take a look at the offense:

Everth Cabrera:

Last week: .302/.375/.419, 1 home run, 1 triple, 2 RBI, 7 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, 4 K's

Week three: .313/.403/.463, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 11 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, 9 K's

Will Venable:

Last week: .273/.351/.576, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 6 runs scored, 12 K's, 1 stolen base

Week three: .239/.314/.457, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 7 runs scored, 15 K's, 2 stolen bases

Yonder Alonso:

Last week: .293/.302/.463, 2 home runs, 1 double, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored, 5 K's

Week three: .262/.319/.400, 2 home runs, 3 doubles, 8 RBI, 6 runs scored, 14 K's

Carlos Quentin:

Last week: .174/.310/.304, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 4 K's

Week three: Same as last week.

Jedd Gyorko:

Last week: .231/.333/.308, 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 5 runs scored, 8 K's

Week three: .210/.296/.258, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, 5 runs scored, 15 K's

Chris Denorfia:

 Last week: .393/.452/.500, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 5 runs scored, 4 K's

Week three: .346/.404/.519, 1 home run, 6 doubles, 5 RBI, 9 runs scored, 10 K's, 2 stolen bases

Alexi Amarista:

 Last week: .172/.200/.276, 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 4 K's

Week three: .217/.250/.283, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, 3 runs scored, 7 K's

Cameron Maybin:

Last week: .074/.138/.111, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 4 K's

Week three: .091/.167/.121, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, 5 K's

John Baker:

Last week: .273/.273/.273, 3 hits, 1 K

Week three: .188/.278/.188, 3 hits, 3 K's

Mark Kotsay:

Last week: .429/.467/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 K's

Week three: .412/.444/.471, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 K's

Jesus Guzman:

Last week: .214/.389/.286, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 K's

Week three: .243/.333/.297, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 4 runs scored, 7 K's

Nick Hundley:

Last week: .333/.353/.576, 1 home run, 5 doubles, 3 RBI, 5 runs scored, 8 K's

Week three: .320/.352/.500, 1 home run, 6 doubles, 5 RBI, 6 runs scored, 16 K's

Kyle Blanks:

Last week: N/A

Week three: .250/.333/.450, 1 home run, 1 double, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored, 5 K's

Chase Headley:

Last week: N/A

Week three: .214/.294/.429, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 5 K's, 1 stolen base

Other than Hundley and Cabrera, it seems the rest of the team still hasn't found their stroke with Alonso, Venable and Gyorko striking out more than they've hit.  

Sure it's great that Headley and Blanks are back in the lineup, but as I mentioned before, it looks like Blanks may be heading back to the disabled list.  On top of that, Maybin also found his way to the 15-day DL, and Quentin has been day-to-day since injuring his right wrist.

Not the kind of improvements I expected to see in week three, but also not surprising from what I'm used to and expect out of the Padres.

So is there any hope for this team in 2013?

I hate to say it, but I don't think the Padres will make it out of the cellar this year the way the Rockies and Giants are currently playing and with the potential talent that both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers have on paper.  

Looks like it's going to be another rebuilding year for the Padres, and we might as well start bringing up as many young guys as possible to get them playing time as we look to reinvent this team for the 2014 season.

What do you think?  It feels kind of hopeless, doesn't it already?

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