A few thoughts from Tempe …
Sitting here a little bored during the Angels’ seven-run, fifth inning — that’s right, seven runs — in the fifth inning off No. 3 starter Cha Seung Beak.
It hasn’t been pretty by any means. And Gary Matthews Jr. just hit a bomb over the wall in right that’s headed toward Albuquerque.
Now don’t get me wrong. I fully understand that there’s a dramatic difference between these two leagues. I covered the American League before. There’s some serious thumpers for hitters over there in that league. The Padres have discovered this plenty this spring.
If they lose today, they’ll be 1-10-2 against American League teams this spring. Yes, it’s Spring Training, but 13 games is no small sample size.
So what’s my point? I don’t really have one, other than the pitching has to get better if these Padres are to avoid another last place finish in the National League West. I don’t think GM Kevin Towers is going to sit for this.
I forgot to mention that I saw reliever Mark Worrell earlier today in Peoria. He was getting a few things before heading back to San Diego where he’ll have reconstructive elbow surgery Wednesday. He’ll miss the entire season.
I didn’t get much of a chance to talk to Worrell this spring but found his attitude toward his injury today to be refreshing. He told me it could have been worse, that he could have had a heart attack. Very true. Hopefully we’ll see him next spring.