Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Padres should be improved in 2010

The Padres had a miserable season in 2009, finishing 20 games out of 1st place, which followed a 63-99 performance in 2008.  They traded their best pitcher, Jake Peavy, at the deadline, but there is hope that their pitching could be pretty good in 2010.  Fortunately, the team's performance improved as the season went alone, particularly the pitching:

Team ERA
Pre All Star Break: 4.70 (26th in ML) / 36-52
Post All-Star Break: 3.98 (8th) / 39-35
September 2009: 3.13 (5th) / 17-9
2009: 4.37 (17th) / 75-87

A few of their young starters emerged at the end of the season:

September 2009
Kevin Correia: 3-0, 1.25 ERA (12-11, 3.91 ERA in 2009)
Clayton Richard: 2-1, 3.12 (9-5, 4.41)
Wade LeBlanc: 2-0, 2.48 (3-1, 3.69)
Tim Stauffer: 1-1, 3.10 (4-7, 3.58)

Chris Young and John Garland will headline the rotation, and it's likely that Correia and Richard will be in the rotation as well.  The Padres have some other good options for their 5th starter with pitchers like LeBlanc and Stauffer, and some decent insurance if someone gets hurt. 

Their hitting is a different story: they finished 29th in runs scored throughout the season, although they  improved to 19th in September.  They showed that they can win with mediocre hitting and really good pitching, which will probably have to be their recipe for success in 2010.

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