Sports Report: Padres Limp Into the Season

Sports Report: Padres Limp Into the Season

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Among the Padres' upcoming challenges: Figuring out whether they can re-sign Chase Headley in the offseason or if the team needs to trade him away.

Through three series, the Padres are off to a rough start. The team has had two- and four-game losing streaks, and has yet to win back-to-back games. They’ve scored more than two runs twice, and more than three runs only once.

True to how the team typically starts the season, they are pairing terrible injury luck with underwhelming performances and making a lot of season ticketholders nervous in the process. But there’s certainly reason to be optimistic, according to Geoff Young from Padres Public.

Small sample sizes aside, FiveThirtyEight has figured out a pretty neat formula that spells doom for the future for the friars this year. Take what you want from that post, but one thing is assured: The team isn’t going to the postseason this year unless they can find a way to get Carlos Quentin healthy and arrest whoever is masquerading as Chase Headley.

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Trevor Hoffman Gets a Dubious Honor

Winning an award for being the best relief pitcher in baseball used to be a bit of a joke: The award was called the Rolaids Relief Man Award. Rolaids, which relieves intestinal discomfort, got that sponsorship early and signed on for a long time. There was also another, similar award in the last few seasons for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year.

This season, MLB is starting a new tradition with a little less sponsorship: separate awards for the NL and AL, named after legendary closers Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera. Winners will be chosen by a group of legendary MLB relief pitchers who are now retired, instead of by a statistical formula. Rick Romero, who loves the Padres more than most people love sunlight and oxygen, is surprisingly against the award being named for Hoffman.

I mostly agree. This seems a little too early. That said, I’m happy that MLB has decided to do it now because it keeps another ridiculous sponsor from jumping in and slapping its name on it, and that keeps the award from continuing to be a joke.

Padres Top Prospects

The annual list of the Padres Top 25 prospects is out and it’s a doozy.

The reason this list is so much fun every year is optimism. It’s easy to imagine a starting lineup for San Diego next season that includes young studs like Jedd Gyorko, Austin Hedges and Rymer Liriano, and think that the team would be able to compete for a playoff spot.

That’s not typically true, but the Padres have had a strong farm system for the past few seasons, with prospects working their way up through the ranks and nearing the majors. The team could be reaping the benefits of some of those strong drafts by former GM Jed Hoyer sooner rather than later.

Stories You May Have Missed

• I couldn’t completely ignore the Chargers. There wasn’t much activity for them this week, but they did re-sign backup guard Rich Ohrnberger to a one-year deal.

• Steven Godfrey’s telling of college athletics’ “bag man” is the most interesting thing you’ll read this week. Remember while you’re cheering on your favorite college team that there’s a very good chance they have a bag man of their own.

• In another step forward, UMass guard Derrick Gordon came out following the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament and was loudly applauded for it.

• Dunna nunna nunna nunna BAT KID! He’s back to once again clean up the streets of San Francisco, and throw out the first pitch at a Giants game.

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John Gennaro

John Gennaro

I'm John Gennaro, contributor to Active Voice and managing editor of Bolts from the Blue. You can tweet me @john_gennaro or email me directly at boltsfromtheblue@gmail.com.

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Casey Marie
Casey Marie

I hope Verlander doesn't hurt your Padres too much this weekend. Go Tigers!

Eric Spoerner
Eric Spoerner subscriber

If the whole season hinges on a healthy Quentin, they might as well just not even bother trying.

John Gennaro
John Gennaro author

@Eric Spoerner  Well, I mean, Gyorko and Alonso and Cabrera and Venable and Grandal could all also play huge parts, but Quentin is the highest paid player for a reason. He's the most talented and most important player on the roster. It's hard to win when your most talented and most important guy isn't on the field.

Eric Spoerner
Eric Spoerner subscriber

@John Gennaro @Eric Spoerner  So I guess my point is - when and how do they cut their losses with Quentin?  I can't imagine him (year over year) getting any healthier.  At some point they're just throwing good money after bad.