San Diego Padres: Mid-Season Report Card
Team: San Diego Padres
Record: 42-54 (8.5 GB)
Biggest Surprise of First Half:
The whole month of June was a surprise for San Diego Padres fans. For the first time in over 2 years the team was above .500. Jedd Gyorko brought life to the team when he started his rookie year at the start of April. With 25 RBI’s and a .272 batting average, Gyorko brought some much needed offense to a struggling team.
Biggest Disappointment of First Half:
At the start of the All-Star Break, the Padres have lost the success they had in June. Part of that was due to Gyorko, Yasmani Grandal, Cameron Maybin, all joining the disabled list. The pitching and offense have also been a struggle for the team. Tom Garfinkel resigning as CEO/President doesn’t help matters either.
Team MVP: Everth Cabrera:
Everth Cabrera currently leads the Padres in batting average (.291), runs (43), and stolen bases (34). With a .984 Fielding Percentage, Cabrera has been equally impactful on defense as he is on offense.
Prospect Ready to Make an Impact:
Colt Hynes: Hynes just joined the Padres on Sunday and brings some much needed relief to the bullpen. He shut down the Giants in the ninth, with only 7 pitches to get all 3 batters out. Prior to Sunday’s game, he was with the Triple-A Tucson, where he was 2-0 with a .152 ERA. At Spring Training, he was coached to alter his delivery, which looks to be serving him quite well, if Sunday is any indication.
Contender or Pretender: Pretender:
While I would like to see the Padres wake up and dominate in the second half to become the contenders they could be, I just don’t see it as being realistic. I know I previously said in June that they were potential contenders, but I feel like they still have some rebuilding to do before they can become serious contenders.
Overall Team Analysis:
The Padres have a few tools they need to become an effective team. Jedd Gyorko, Chase Headley, Everth Cabrera, and Jason Marquis are all parts of a future contending team, but they will need more support than these 4 guys.