San Diego Padres: June Review
If you are a San Diego Padres fan, the month of June should give you plenty to be hopeful about.
The Padres managed to get above .500 for the first time in over two years.
Jedd Gyorko has had a positive rookie year, despite his continuing groin strain that has left him out of the last 23 games.
By the end of June, the Padres had risen from the National League West basement, to third place. They managed a sweep of the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks, two first place teams.
Though they ended June on a 2 game losing streak (which has so far extended to 6 games in July), they have remained as competitive as any other team in the NL West. Whichever team eventually takes the NL West this year has to know that they cannot expect the Padres to just roll over.
They do have a lot of room for improvement still to go. The offense needs to heat up in order to remain competitive. Batters should be more selective at the plate. The pitching staff needs to start controlling the games at a better pace. Huston Street and the rest of the bullpen need to keep the games close, and provide the offense with a better chance to succeed.
So what can we look forward to after the All-Star Break?
- Gyorko’s return from the DL (Prior to injury: .284 average; 25 RBI’s)
- Jason Marquis to continue pitching effectively (9-4 with a 3.74 ERA)
- Everth Cabrera’s quick bat when he returns off the DL (Prior to injury: .305 average; 24 RBI’s)
- A hopefully rested pitching staff
Including Gyorko and Cabrera, there are 5 key players missing from their active roster. Bring these players back, and the season can only get better.
June 2013 has shown the MLB that the Padres are still as competitive as ever, and the only thing San Diego needs to do from here, is show in July, August, and September that June was not a fluke month.