May 13, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; San Diego Padres pitcherCraig Kimbrel
(46) shakes hands with catcherDerek Norris
(3) after the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres finished their road trip with their single yearly trip to the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle before heading back home to face the World Series favorites Washington Nationals. Though they managed to win one game against the Nationals, the other three games did not have the Padres pairing up well with the pre-season World Series favorite Nationals. The starting pitching had two horrible starts with Odrisamer Despaigne on Friday and Ian Kennedy on Sunday. Tyson Ross managed to pitch five innings despite a two hour rain delay Thursday and while Andrew Cashner did get a quality start in his loss Saturday, to say he dominated while allowing 9 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings would be an over-statement. The late game bullpen combination of Brandon Maurer, Dale Thayer, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel all showed signs of returning to reliability this week, but questions remain with Shawn Kelley and a left-handed option.
As the end of May approaches, the Padres still sit right around the .500 mark and questions abound for this team. Is Bud Black the right man to pilot the ship? Is a change needed at shortstop? Who should be starting second base between Jedd Gyorko, Corey Spangenberg, and Yangervis Solarte?
So what happened this week with the Padres and what is coming next for the Friars from San Diego? Read on to find out.
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