Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Another one bites the dust

Wednesday June4, 2009

Another one bites the dust.

With Scott Hairston's bicep injury, yet another Padre went on the DL today.

That makes it seven players on the DL currently and nine players who have spent time there so far this season.

Will Venable was called up to take Hairston's place in the lineup. Drew Macias would have been called up, but a contusion on his left hand may send him to the DL as well.

Last time I checked the Padres were on pace for 1100 player days on the DL in 2009 or just a few under their MLB record of 1200+ player days on the DL last season.

The record amount of injuries that plagued the Padres in 2009 is what doomed their season. Could they be on the way to another injury and loss filled season?

I sure hope not. It is hard watching your AAA players in a Padres uniform every day.

The good news is that Everth Cabrera has started his minor league rehab assignment and has to join the Padres by June 23rd and Mike Adams is also on a rehab assignment and could join the Padres as soon as Friday.

Once again a lefty stifles the Padres bats

Wednesday June 4, 2009

The Padres cannot hit left handed pitching.

Its real simple folks. When it comes to hitting lefties, the Padres stink.

It does not matter if they are good lefties or bad lefties, if they are pitching against the Padres they may as well be Randy Johnson or CY Young.

And the Padres showed just how inept they are against lefties again tonight by mustering only 4 hits against a mediocre lefty, JA Happ. If he threw 100 mph or had several devastating pitches I could understand it, but Happ pitches more like Wade Leblanc than Randy Johnson.

At least Bastardo threw mid 90's.

When a guy like Happ is dominating you with an 88-89 mph fastball and an 82 mph cutter you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Oh yeah, the Padres lost 5 - 1 and Young was touched up for 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. Burke gave up 2 runs in the 7th and the Padres are now 25-28 and 11 games out after the Dodgers won in Arizona.

I believe this is the first time the Padres have been swept at home this year, but if they do not get healthy and start hitting left handed pitching it won't be the last.

I am so fed up with it all tonight that I can't think of anything else to say.

What do you think?

Peavy leaves with Flu symptoms?

Wednesday June 3, 2009

Flu my eye. I am sure the Padres were not lying when they say that Peavy had flu symptoms, but with a player like Peavy who has a warrior mentality you know he wasn't taken out of the game after one inning because he was a little queezy.

We knew something was up when Josh Geer was warming up before the game and Peavy only had an abbreviated warm up session.

It was pretty obvious to everyone watching the game that Peavy was having problems with his push off leg. His velocity was down and his pitches were up. That is a sure sign that you can't push off the mound properly.

Did they use the flu excuse because they didn't want to scare off possible suitors for Peavy? Possibly.

All I know is Peavy could have been getting intravenous fluids between innings because he was so sick he couldn't hold anything down and he still would have wanted to stay in that game. He is just that type of player.

Well, no matter the reason, Peavy gave up 4 runs, the Padres gave up 10 all together and lost to the Phillies 10-5.

The one bright note in the game is that Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run for the 4th straight game and his league leading 22nd of the season.

Once again the Padres batters could not hit left handed pitching and made a rookie look like CY Young. Its a predictable pattern. Bet on the Padres doing poorly against LHP and you will win the bet far more often than you will lose.

One of the only Padres hitters that is doing well against LHP, Scott Hairston, was replaced in the field by Chase Headley to start the 6th. Apparently Hairston strained his left biceps muscle.

Corey Brock of posted in his article;
"Second at-bat, first swing -- I felt something in my bicep," Hairston said. "It felt like it wanted to tear, honestly. With each swing, it just got worse. It's one of those things that, as a player, you really get nervous when something like that happens. I just felt that I couldn't continue on."

Not a good sign. The Padres best pitcher and one of the hottest hitters both have to leave the game. Hairston may or may not have to spend time on the DL. The PAdres have already been decimated by injuries and now this.

Will it be a June Swoon for the Padres, or will they continue to howver around .500?