Padres Hitting Deprived, Yet In Need Of Pitching

Matt SlagleContributor IJuly 12, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Mat Latos #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 10, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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.248 batting average, 25 in the major leagues.

734 hits, 24 in the major leagues.

66 home runs, 25 in the major leagues.

350 runs batted in, 23 in the major leagues.

367 runs, 22 in the major leagues.

Averaging 4 runs a game.

It is safe to say the San Diego Padres are in need of a little hitting. Scratch that, a lot of hitting.

It is also safe to say the Padres should look to deal for some hitters, before the July 31 trade deadline.

Too bad that would not be the best move, instead the Pads should be looking for some pitching help before the stretch run, rather, pitching depth before the end of July.

The Padres have made it to the All-Star break in first place with a two game lead over the Colorado Rockies and three game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everybody can agree the Padres need to make a deal or two to solidify their club to be a contender October third.

In fact most “experts” do not even believe that the Swinging Friars will make it to the end of the season on top of the NL West. Because, well their hitting is below par, so far below par the teams around them are already planning for next year.

 So instead of a hot batter the Pads should go after a nice solid pitcher to start their run into October.

First of all Jed Hoyer and Jeff Moorad are not willing to trade away the entire farm system and add too much to the payroll and frankly to get a bat that would completely fix the Padres hitting woes, they would have to do both.

Not to mention the Padres track record in acquiring hitters in July. Sure Oscar Salazar (July 20, 2009) is a great bench guy, but the Pads need a bat to protect Adrian Gonzalez.

Yorvit Torrealba (Feb, 9, 2010) is a great backup catcher, but he is no Johnny Bench.

Tony Gwynn Jr. (May, 21 2009) is a great defender in the spacious center field, but his dad’s title of Mr. Padre is safe for now.

Jerry Hairston Jr. (Jan, 18 2010) has been key filling in at every position and off the bench, but his World Series ring from the New York Yankees is nothing more than eye candy.

So for Hoyer to make the biggest impact on the team, he should go after a reliable relatively cheap pitcher to anchor the Padres staff.

This would give Mat Latos some rest and extend him into the playoffs if need be without loading him down in innings.

It would also protect the staff in cast of injury, they already have Tim Stauffer and his 0.37 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in the bullpen on call to fill in, need be. Adding another arm will only take further stress off the bullpen and starters.

After looking at the list of hitters the Padres acquired the list of pitchers acquired is quite impressive. All the pitchers minus three have been acquired for other teams, Mike Adams, Heath Bell, Kevin Correia, Jon Garland, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica, Clayton Richard, Joe Thatcher, Ryan Webb, all pitchers the Padres have traded for and signed, they make up the best pitching staff in the major leagues.

To win the division and make it through the playoffs the Pads have to play to their strengths as they have thus far in the season adding to their number one pitching staff in the majors will only improve their odds to succeed.

The hitting can only get better, hopefully the All-Star break will bring the bats to life in the second half of the season.