With the Padres shipping off all-star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez this off-season, it brings up the question. Can the Padres offense really be more productive after loosing the best player we have seen since Tony Gwynn? So much of the Padres offensive production has come from Adrian Gonzalez over the past few years that it is scary to think how the Padres will score runs without him, or is it. I believe that the Padres offense, in a strange way will improve with the departure of the left handed slugger. I don’t know if I can say the same about the defense and loosing his gold glove, but I’m not worried about the amount of runs this team will be able to score in 2011.
I don’t think any San Diego fan wanted to see Gonzalez go and nor did I. Although the way I look at it (always in a positive way). The Padres offense may really benefit from the absence of Gonzalez in the middle of the line-up. In previous seasons the Padres relied on Gonzalez way to much to carry the offense and the team for the matter. Sometimes teams can fall into this way of relying on one player and not performing as well as individuals. We saw time and time again the offense went as Adrian Gonzalez went. When he was in a slump the whole team was in a slump. Also it was easy for teams to game plan against the Padres they would just give Gonzalez a free pass and let the other guys try to beat them. It really made it hard for Gonzalez to be clutch, when every big situation came up teams would just pitch around him. I think the offense will score more runs this season with the speed and the numerous additions that will contribute more than one player, even as high of a caliber as Gonzalez, could provide. Adding three quality bats like Hudson, Bartlett, and Hawpe is not something that Padres fans are accustomed to seeing in the off-season, and I love it. Also I can’t wait to see what Maybin can do, it may be frustrating at times with the young talented outfielder, but he could really be a perfect fit in Petco.
My projected line-up; 1. Maybin 2. Hudson 3. Headley 4. Ludwick 5. Hawpe 6. Bartlett 7. Venable 8. Hundley. With Headley and Venable being interchangeable as the season goes along. With left and right handed match-ups. Or play Denorfia over Venable against LHP.
About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.