Padres Week in Review: 8/18 – 8/24

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Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Week Summary

The Padres season is winding down, and though flirting with doing some damage late,  we now anxiously await the off-season and seeing what the new GM can do to make this team play games next year in September that will matter.

Their is still plenty of optimism in the pitching staff. Andrew Cashner made his long-anticipated return from the disabled list, Tyson Ross continues his breakout season dueling Clayton Kershaw for 8 innings in Los Angeles and even managed the first Padres hit off of the Master, and youngster Jesse Hahn is working his way towards being shut down for the season to make 2015 his true breakout year. It appears that the magic of Odrisamer Despaigne really was more smoke and mirrors than a diamond in the rough, but with a good Spring Training who knows?

The new offensive additions continue to do their part in Abraham Almonte and Yondervis Solarte, but what to do about the left-over Padres like Will Venable, Cameron Maybin, and Yonder Alonso.

This week the Padres took 1 of 3 from division leading LA before winning only 1 of 3 against the Diamondbacks who had a horribly disappointing season. Where will these Padres find themselves next year?