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Swingin’ Friars

Posted By Jeff Burke On Sep 16 2010 @ 1:37 pm In San Diego Padres | No Comments

The Padres bats sure woke up in Colorado, which is a good place to do it.  The Padres had 34 hits and 19 runs in the three game series.  Besides the power display by Adrian Gonzalez on Wednesday the Padres are still struggling at getting the big extra base hit.  Matt Stairs had a big two  run home run to pad the lead in game two on Tuesday, which was huge.  But still the Padres should be scoring more runs with the amount of base runners and hits they produce.  On Tuesday the Pads left 11 runners on base and grounded into 3 double plays.  The Padres are not a juggernaut offense but the need to provide more clutch hitting with runners on base if they want to make it to the playoffs, and win in the playoffs. 

With the Padres winning a huge two out of three games in Colorado and the Giants being idle on Monday, the Padres now have a .5 game lead on the Giants and a 2.5 game lead on the Rockies for the division.  The Padres will really need to play well from here on out and hopefully gain some separation before going into the three game series against the Giants in San Francisco to end the season.  Starting today the Pads go into St. Louis to face the Cardinals in a four game series over the weekend.  Some good news is Chris Carpenter one of the Cardinals star pitchers will not throw in the series.  The Cardinals have been struggling lately but I don’t have to tell Padres fans that we have not fared well against this ball club in recent years.  Tonight the impressive Tim Stauffer will face Jake Westbrook.  Westbrook being a guy I thought the Padres should have gone after at the trade deadline is pitching well of late.  He has faced the Pads in inter-league games in the past while on the Indians and I believe he pitched well against us.


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