San Diego Padres: Mid-Season Report Card

by David Culver | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013
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Everth Cabrera

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 HynesHynes 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.

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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

  • Rick

    Not a convincing article. The play of Grandal and Maybin is part of the reason why they are doing poorly. Headley has been inconsistent and hits poorly with runners on base. The team’s best hitter is Kyle Blanks. Black has put Blanks sixth in the lineup, with Headley and Guzman ahead of him and making the last out. Blanks is clearly the Padres’ best clutch hitter, but he often leads off an inning because Headley and Guzman have been making the last out. When the Pads were hot, Blanks was hitting cleanup. Volquez has a great arm but has trouble keeping his head in the game and can’t hold a lead. Stults is their best pitcher. Gregerson is unhittable when he has rest, but when Black puts him in 2 or 3 days in a row, he gets tired and hangs his slider. Why has a fine pitcher like Anthony Bass been in the minors or doing mop up roles while Volquez gets his turn every five days for a disaster?

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