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.

Cheers, Corey

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What in the H-E-double Hockey Sticks do the Padre pitchers do between starts? Are they being used as human jacks for tire changes? My God, there’s so much popping of ligaments (Carrillo, Schmidt, Bush, Worrell, etc.) it’s like the Fourth of July for crying out loud. Sorry…just had to rant. Not that I’m devastated in losing a #5 pretending to be a #3, but it just makes me wonder why so many arms get blown out in SD’s system. As for Blanks…man, what a quandary…Even if you move him to the OF (where I think he’ll do fine, BTW), what do you do when he forces your hand with that clogged up OF? All I know is that you CANNOT trade him! I don’t like the idea of moving Kouz or AGon, either…

Corey, I really enjoyed the whole giving out a question to answer deal. I have been a long time reader of your peices and enjoy commenting, so I’ll try and be active in sharing my thoughts. Big Padres Fan here. I will be there on opening day. Sitting in sec. 300. I like the idea of Kevin Correia pitching, he can pitch and I think Petco will help him with his pitches as it does to many others. I’ve seen enough to like him as a Padre for our rotation. He can bring the heat and will keep us in games is my prediction. Baek, man, well I don’t know. I don’t have much faith in him. This spring, he hasn’t really done to well and even in 2008, he was ok. He tends to keep us in games and then in the 5th/6th inning, he begins to lose his commands, much like former Padre Adam Eaton I believe is compariable to Baek. Like buddy put it this past week, he needs to mentally stay focused on his pitching even when he does get into jams so he can get the job done and not try and do to much. I would be fine, if the Padres got Baek another employer, but I don’t see that happening witht the desperate needs for pitching. On that note, I hope they can get the rights on Jason Jennings from Texas. He’d be a good fit. He is farely young and can still pitch with a great fastball. He’s also someone who is somewhat better proven in the Major Leagues. I don’t know much about Silva or Hill, but I hear Silver has some good curveballs and a good fastball. He’s also a Mexican product which is good for the Padres, for marketing in Tijuana and San Diego. When Oliver Perez was here, the Padres always would take him to Tijuana and market him off at the Padres store and then you’d see Mexicans in the stands, it’s great for baseball. De La Cruz, I don’t know anything about. How could De La Cruz make the club, he’s only been here for a short time, I don’t get that one. Do the Padres understand how he pitches and if he is valuable to the club at this point? He hasn’t proven much. Kyle Blanks, wow man, he has some pop and can make a big impact, but at this point, the only time we might see him in 2009 is if Gonzo get’s hurt, none the less, it’s great to see a good Padres play as Blanks tear the ball to all parts of the field. It gives hope into the future.
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Having too much talent at 1B is a good problem to have I guess but what do we do with these guys. We now have two quality guys who naturally play third and two that naturally play first. To be honest, it looks a little strange to have a righty hold a guy on first. Do you trade Gonzo or Blanks for some help in another position? I personally like Blanks hitting righty in Petco. Is he athletic enough to play right at Petco? I feel that we need to get him in the lineup soon.

Having too much talent at 1B is a good problem to have I guess but what do we do with these guys. We now have two quality guys who naturally play third and two that naturally play first. To be honest, it looks a little strange to have a righty hold a guy on first. Do you trade Gonzo or Blanks for some help in another position? I personally like Blanks hitting righty in Petco. Is he athletic enough to play right at Petco? I feel that we need to get him in the lineup soon.

Having too much talent at 1B is a good problem to have I guess but what do we do with these guys. We now have two quality guys who naturally play third and two that naturally play first. To be honest, it looks a little strange to have a righty hold a guy on first. Do you trade Gonzo or Blanks for some help in another position? I personally like Blanks hitting righty in Petco. Is he athletic enough to play right at Petco? I feel that we need to get him in the lineup soon.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the rotation shapes up, but I think that Baek is out of it for now. He hasn’t been the best this spring. I just really hope the pitching can stay together and not fall apart. We need a solid pitching staff.
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Sorry for the multiple posts. I was running late for a meeting and hit submit a couple times too many.

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