Thoughts from Goodyear …
VERY good responses on the Cabrera question. Looks like he’s a keeper. I’ll throw out another question tomorrow. Let’s keep things rolling here at the blog and get some good discussions on the Padres going. I appreciate the feedback.
Anyways, about Monday … what have we learned?
Kevin Correia is the No. 4 starter. He has been and will continue to be that until the Padres do something else there. I like his stuff, personally. He had three walks today but he was in a fair amount of deep counts where he wasn’t willing to concede anything Walks happen, but I think his command is, generally, pretty good. The changeup has been a good pitch for him.
Cha Seung Baek will miss his first start and will likely (in my opinion) head to the DL to start the season. He was throwing well on Sunday, a lot better than he has, before he began to feel tightness in his forearm. It’s a strain and it could be worse but the Padres are still concerned. He’ll be shut down at least a week.
What does this mean for the rotation? I think the Padres go Peavy-Young to start their series against the Dodgers and then go either Correia or Walter Silva in the third game. Then one of those guys will go the fourth game with Shawn Hill — if he gets stretched out enough between now and then — to essentially be the fifth starter for the time being. Call it a hunch.
I really like this new kid, Frankie De La Cruz. He goes by Frankie, but his first name is not something I care to write or type. So it’s Frankie for now. I think he has the kind of power arm the Padres have been looking for at the back end of their bullpen. Live, big arm with a plus changeup. He’s on the team because he’s out of options. But how will he be used? He hasn’t been here a week so the staff will have to discover if they can trust him late in a game.
I got a chance to talk to first baseman Kyle Blanks. He’ll get moved over the Minor League side here soon enough but he has left a BIG impression on the staff and, no doubt, all of the other teams that have sent scouts over to Padres games. He has power, hits for average and appears to be a pretty good defender. All that outfield talk? Don’t count on it anytime soon. When we see him in San Diego is anyone’s guess.