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... for the hitting
As mentioned, Jason Bartlett has been flashing some pretty decent leather as of late. Sometimes it almost appears as if he'd been born with that glove and never takes it off.
What Bartlett does in his bed and the shower is of little consequence to us. Of course, not removing the leather can be a problem at the plate, where bats are required.
The best plays in the field will not help you if the pitchers hang an oh-fer on you on a routine basis.
With essential players like Bartlett or Venable entrenched near the top of the lineup, you will eventually need to provide some quality at bats for the offense to jumpstart the game, not to mention complement your pitchers' performances.
Newsflash to Padres batters: matching the zeroes thrown up by your own pitchers is not a skill.
The San Diego Police has been contacted multiple times since last season regarding the possible theft of a bat belonging to one Ryan Ludwick. A reward is offered for the safe and, if possible, immediate return of the lumber, since the Padres offense depends on it. So far, no clues have been submitted.
There have been the rare occasions when the Pads' bats have suggested that they can string together a series of hits to play their necessary brand of small ball to account for the run(s) needed. With a team batting average barely above the Mendoza Line, this has happened as often as roiders' heads in baseball shrinking.
Then again, nobody can turn the number four or five pitchers of a staff into Koufax and Drysdale more quickly than the Padres. After ten games, the Padres offense has already been shut out twice, putting them on pace for a solid 36 shutouts for the season.
You thought a scoreless draw in soccer couldn't be more yawn inducing? How about watching this batting order trying get a runner home from third with less than two outs?