Could The San Diego Padres Be A Sleeper Team?

by David Culver | Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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Back in February, analysts across baseball were predicting that the National League West division would be fought over by the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Arizona Diamondbacks would put up a valiant effort, but fall to third place. And the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres would fight over who gets to be last.

Instead, what we have is the bewildering Dodgers team struggling to leave the bottom of the division, and the Diamondbacks holding on to a two-game lead over the Giants and the Rockies.

The Padres may be a few games back in the division (6.5 as of today), but could they push for a playoff spot?

Maybe. But they have their work cut out for them.

Compare their pitcher stats to the Diamondbacks, who’s ace in Ian Kennedy has struggled so far this year, and the only pitcher on the Dbacks staff to not lose a game, Patrick Corbin, the 5th man.

  1. Edinson Volquez vs. Ian Kennedy

    1. Volquez’s ERA – 5.20

    2. Kennedy’s ERA – 4.70

  2. Clayton Richard vs. Trevor Cahill

    1. Richard’s ERA – 8.35

    2. Cahill’s ERA – 2.88

  3. Eric Stults vs. Brandon McCarthy

    1. Stults’ ERA – 4.22

    2. McCarthy’s ERA – 4.36

  4. Jason Marquis vs. Wade Miley

    1. Marquis’ ERA – 3.70

    2. Miley’s ERA – 4.53

  5. Andrew Cashner vs. Patrick Corbin

    1. Cashner’s ERA – 3.38

    2. Corbin’s ERA – 1.71

The Padres overall aren’t that much different pitching wise against the Diamondbacks. The exception being Clayton Richard and Patrick Corbin. Richard will need to get his control of the ball back, or the Padres should allow one of their younger talents to come up and contribute.

The issue then, isn’t pitching necessarily. You can have one bad starter and still get wins.

The Padres do not currently have a player batting over .300 (Chris Denorfia is flirting with it at .299). The Diamondbacks have Paul Goldschmidt at .324 and Gerardo Parra at .307.

If the Padres offense can heat up, and they figure out what to do with Clayton Richard, they could be another twist in the 2013 NL West story.

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David Culver is an avid baseball fan married to a beautiful woman who puts up with his fandom. He received his degree in English from ASU. Follow David on Twitter @dfculver

  • john culver

    You forgot Didi! :0)

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