What Will August Bring?
Some things are different for the San Diego Padres as they head into the dog days of August. Gone are Chase Headley, Huston Street, and Chris Denorfia. In are Yangervis Solarte, Abraham Almonte, and some minor league depth to an already plentiful system. Back from extended injury absences are Jedd Gyorko, Yasmani Grandal, Yonder Alonso, and Everth Cabrera. Still fighting the injury bug are Carlos Quentin, Andrew Cashner, and Robbie Erlin among others, and oh yeah, one drug-related suspension. That would be Cameron Maybin.
What can the Padres and their fans look forward to in August? How about the bats beginning to finally wake up. Sure, it’ too little, too late for this season, but sometimes, momentum at the end of one season can carry over into the spring of the next, and set the stage for something special. Since the All-Star Break, the Friars have put up 6 or more runs 5 times, including a 10-1 bashing of the visiting Atlanta Braves to open the month of August.
Before August comes to a close, the Padres should have a new boss in the front office, as a new general manager begins their reign. Several top minor league prospects could be given a looksy, and some of the remaining veterans could be placed on waivers, and find themselves out of San Diego by the end of the month. The Padres play 15 of their 27 remaining games in August on the road. Let’s review what August has in store for the Padres!