Padres: Four Questions
Perhaps the biggest question about the Mets and the Padres right now is, will the games begin? As of this writing, the rain is still falling but the game remains scheduled. For those who have tickets (such as myself), you can always call the Mets rainout hotline: 718-507-7246. Though, I’m convinced that number is run by the Mets’ marketing and concessions department, because they always say the game is “on”. The next-best source for postponement info is, unfortunately WFAN radio. Yeah, gotta listen to Fatcessa and the rabid dog and hope they get around to letting you know the scoop.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the opponent. Once again we called on Gaslamp Ball to give us some insight on the Padres, in regard to this week’s series against the Mets. Following is a quick Q & A with Dex:
1. The Padres were only a game out of first the last time they faced the Mets. Can you give us a quick capsule of what’s gone wrong for the Padres since then?
The Padres have been leaning on their pitching all season and coming out of the All-Star break, the pitching couldn’t hold up. David Wells showed his age in several of his last starts, not being able to last more than 3 to 4 innings and several pitchers have played musical chairs in the 5th spot. Coupled with the hot streak that the Diamondbacks have been on since the All-Star Break puts us where we are.
2. Other than Adrian Gonzalez and Brian Giles, is anybody hitting?
The hitting is slowly coming around. Milton Bradley’s return should help things. Geoff Blum has been hot since the break and has quietly become the Padres default second baseman with Marcus Giles unable to string together any sort of consistency. The rest of the lineup takes something of an all or nothing approach. Don’t be surprised to see Kevin Kouzmanoff, Khalil Green and Mike Cameron hit home runs during the series while striking out in every other at bat.
3. Do you think Jake Peavy’s comments about free agency will affect his, or the team’s performance? Seems kind of silly to even be worried about something two years away, no?
We’ve gone over Peavy’s comments ad nauseam on Gaslamp Ball. Granted, there’s a bit of frustration, but the consensus is that Peavy is one to speak his mind and the local beat reporters are good at drumming up controversy.
4. Has the bullpen missed Scott Linebrink? Who is taking over his innings?
Heath Bell has moved into the setup spot. Though Linebrink was well liked, Padres fans have been spoiled with Trevor Hoffman in the 9th and very consistent “closer on other teams” setup men in the 8th. Kevin Towers seems to have an excellent eye for identifying bullpen help so Linebrink’s been missed mostly for his off the field appeal as opposed to his contributions, which had become suspect.
Thanks again to Dex. Remember to check out Gaslamp Ball for more on the Padres.