The Padres made another splashy trade last Monday, trading star Chase Headley to the Yankees, then watching him get a walk-off hit in his first game. Naturally.
However, the Padres offense erupted against the Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with every starter scoring a run and getting a hit in Wednesday’s destruction of the Cubs 13-3. Unfortunately, it was against the Cubs.
The high-powered offense carried over into Friday’s game with the Atlanta Braves as they won 5-2 and Rene Rivera continued his good offensive season, along with a rejuvenated Yasmani Grandal powering the offense. However, then the Padres realized they were playing the Atlanta Braves and lost the following two games to close out the week at an even 3-3.
Odrisamer Despaigne finally returned to Earth some, not even lasting 4 innings in Saturday’s loss. Youngster Jesse Hahn keeps pitching very well, and might even be making a late Rookie of the Year push in the National League. Though his innings are likely to be capped in September which might hurt his chances.
Are the Padres done dealing? It was rumored the Yankees were looking at Ian Kennedy, but nothing has happened yet. The Tigers went with a different Joaquin in Soria, not Benoit, so that is out too. Also the second interviews were completed for the open general manager, so that is hopefully wrapped up within a week or two which will be nice to get it out of the way and start the 2015 campaign two months early.
Player of the Week:
Rene Rivera: The catcher turned in a 6/17 week at the dish, belting two homers and 6 RBI. His OBP for the week was a nice .389.
Current Record: 46-58
Current Standings: 3rd place, 12 GB 1st Place LA Dodgers.