My thoughts after two days …
Man, does it get chilly up in the press box at night.
There. That’s my thought after two days at PETCO Park. You’ve been great, take care now!
OK, just kidding, but I guess my point is, and I think I have one, is it’s far too early to draw any kind of conclusions about anything that we’ve seen thus far. It’s two games. That’s no sample size, my friends.
That said, there are some things worth discussing. Like Chris Young, who looked good last night other than getting a couple of balls up to Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin. So much for that 12.96 ERA in Spring Training and how his velocity was down.
Young might just want to skip Arizona next spring and work out at home. For some guys, the six or so weeks in Arizona is much-needed. For others, like Young, it’s merely a time to get prepared for the regular season, build stamina and arm strength.
Maybe we can shorten the games to four innings there. But that would probably mean the Dodgers couldn’t sell $100 seats at their palace at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for games that, as we’ve seen, mean very little.
Wow, how’s that for a rant. Anyway, back to first (and second) impressions, shall we?
The bullpen. Two games and five scoreless innings, including three last night with Moreno, Sanchez and Bell, who struck out the side (he did walk one). So far, so good. Again, this is far from a good sample size but I think the Padres feel good about what they have.
As for what they can do over 162 games, we’ll see.
I think Peavy and Young will be fine. As I’ve said before, it’s a matter of what the other three guys do. We’ll get a look at Walter Silva tonight. I’m curious to see how he fares and, of more importance, how he’ll fare the second time around with some of these teams.
Offensively, I don’t want to get things too much because, again, it’s far too early. But …
I like the lineup the team rolled out there last night against a left-handed pitcher. The Padres were 20-37 against lefties last season but having Eckstein in the leadoff spot, Hairston lower in the lineup and having Headley hit right-handed looks like a nice mix.
Kouzmanoff is a key. Hitting behind Adrian, he’s going to have to produce, otherwise Adrian just won’t see any pitches. None. He’ll walk a bunch and clog the bases. That’s not good for the greater good of this team, this offense.