Padres Editorial: Padres Mid-Spring Training Report

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Mar 16, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (21) pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Things to Look For in Second Half

The Padres have 16 games left before things get real. We will start to see starting pitchers last longer and starters play 6+ innings. The roster is starting to take shape with a lot of shipments to minor league camps this past week. The Padres hurlers should start settling in and looking like the formidable rotation that they are. Pitching around the league will get better, which may mean that the Padres’ huge offensive numbers may drop off a bit, but I don’t think it will be significant. There is no doubt about it, this team can hit.

The jury is still out on two of the main position battles. Both Middlebrooks (.370, 2 HR) and Solarte (.344, 5 runs scored) have hit well and are making strong cases to start at third base. The fifth spot in the rotation is still up for grabs too. Brandon Morrow has started well, but he is contested by Odrisamer Despaigne, who has a 2.08 ERA in nearly nine innings of work; he also has struck out six batters.

So far, the spring has been encouraging. Padres fans are counting down the days until they can take the field in April for real. There is still lots to do before that happens, but so far so good in my book.

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