Nick the Quick: Padres Catcher Nick Hundley off to Fast Start

Darren FeeneyCorrespondent IApril 7, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 2: Nick Hundley #4 of the San Diego Padres hits a two-RBI triple against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Not only has Nick Hundley had the best first week of any Padre to start the season, he has been one of the best hitters throughout baseball.

Through the first five games, Hundley is 9-for-18 (.500 avg) with five RBI at the plate, good for second-best in the MLB, and a five-game hitting streak to open the season.

Tim Lincecum had 13 K’s in the Padres 8-4 loss Wednesday and struck out every San Diego starter except Hundley. Lincecum (1-1) left with an 8-1 lead after seven strong innings, with the only damage coming from a Hundley solo homer in the third.

Hundley's nine hits account for more than a quarter of the Padres' 35 hits. Despite the 3-2 record, the team is hitting .213 through the first five games.

Although player statistics and team standings through the first week of the season are rather skewed, one can’t discredit the much-needed production the Padres are getting from Hundley out of the eighth spot in the batting order.

It is Hundley’s third season as the Padres’ starter behind the dish. With Yorvit Torrealaba gone from last year’s squad and veteran Gregg Zaun’s retirement during Spring Training, it is Hundley’s pitching staff to quarterback from the catcher’s seat.

Five games down, 157 to go. Hundley is playing all-around baseball to start the season.