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Date Posted: 17:29:58 04/28/00 Fri
Author: JPadre
Subject: Re: hey jpadre what has gotten into the san diego hitters
In reply to: cyc 's message, "hey jpadre what has gotten into the san diego hitters" on 22:49:57 04/27/00 Thu

hey cyc, I have to agree with you about the surprise of all the Padres hitters hitting .300+. I believe that all of our starters are hitting over .300 (Wiki at catcher) except for Gwynn who will come around, and Klesko, who is around .290 and has 6 HR and is 5th in the NL with 20 RBI's. Maybe it has something to do with the change in hitting coaches. Merv Rettenmund moved to Atlanta, and it's helped them, as they've cut down on their strikeouts (yes, even with Reggie Sanders on the team, lol) but the Pads promoted Ben Ogilvie who is much more aggressive, and teaches them to hit to the opposite field. Our strikeouts are way up, but our team batting average has gone from last place in '99 to a close second place this year. Same with Runs scored. I'm a little worried about our pitching, but the set up man we got for Ashby, Steve Montgomery, is coming off the DL now so that should help. On the bad side, this series vs. Atlanta looks very bleak. We see their two best pitchers, and they don't have to see our two best pitchers. Tomorrow vs. John Burkett was our only chance I think, BUT Brian Boehringer was just put on the DL today, so we're sending out Rodrigo Lopez tomorrow night from AAA for his first major league start. So, Maddux vs. Meadows tonight, and Glavine vs. Hitchcock Sunday.... ouch. If the Pads can stay close til the All Star Break, we get Carlton Loewer back from the DL as our 4th starter, and maybe package Carlos Hernandez or Dave Magadan and prospects to trade for another starter. I like our chances. If not this year, then soon, with the pitching in our system.
Anyway... I definitely agree with you on Schoeneweis, no one saw that coming. And Darrin Erstad is hitting like it's going out of style... .468 damn. My pick for AL rookie of the year is Adam Kennedy. With Chuck Finley that team could compete....oh well. The D'Backs look tough (frickin Finley, lol). I fully expect to see a guy like John Patterson or Nick Bierbrodt called up to bolster the rotation. Oh well, enough long-winded stuff from me. Pads are in AZ a week from today, then AZ is here the following weekend. Seems like they play about 60 times this year.

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