First look at the Giants
The Padres get their first look at the San Francisco Giants today at Peoria Sports Complex at 12:05 p.m. PT. Greg Maddux gets the start today, his first of the Cactus League season.
I get asked a lot about when Maddux is going to retire. The best answer I can give is that we’ll know when he knows, meaning that he’s given no indication that he wants to hang it up. This is a guy who said that last year was one of the best times he’s had in his career.
He keeps himself in great shape — must be the 27 holes he plays each day — and still has that wicked movement on his pitches that has made him so successful over the years. No, he doesn’t usually work beyond six innings anymore but as long as you have that understanding and you have someone ready in the bullpen you’re fine.
Anyway, here’s the lineup for today’s game:
LF — Scott Hairston
2B — Tadahito Iguchi
CF — Jim Edmonds
1B — Tony Clark
SS — Khalil Greene
C — Michael Barrett
RF — Paul McAnulty
3B — Craig Stansberry
SP — Greg Maddux
My thoughts: McAnulty is back in the lineup for the second time in as many days. He hit a three-run home run on Monday in Maryvale and has looked good in the field. The guy is in great shape. He did a nice job of cutting a ball off in the corner the other day, preventing an extra-base hit. He’s out of options so if he doesn’t make the team, he could very well end up elsewhere. Wonder if the Padres are showcasing him for other teams?