Monday, April 21, 2008

Padres take game 3 to avoid sweep

Randy Wolf out battled the red hot DBacks and Randy Johnson in another solid start. Wolf went 6 1/3 scattering 6 hits, giving up 4 er, while striking out 7 in his win. Randy Wolf continues to be a very nice surprise and make up one half of the most formidable bottom of the rotation duo's in NL maybe all of MLB.

Justin Huber provided the knock out punch for Randy Johnson by crushing his 1st ML homer to deep LF in the 5th. Huber was 2-5 with 3rbi and a HR yesterday, and looked very good. With the way things are, or aren't shaping up in LF this kid could find himself starting more and more games if he keeps hitting like he did yesterday.

Huber a native from Australia, was signed by the Mets in 2000 as a non-drafted FA, then found himself in the Royals system. He was slated to play for the Aussie Olympic team in 2004, but had to scratch that due to a knee surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He was named the 8th-best prospect in the Royals organization entering the 2007 season by BA. Last year he struggled with injuries again, yet still managed to hit .276 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI in just 77 games for the AAA Royals affiliate. The Padres acquired him for the ever popular PTBNL (who has yet to be named of course), knowing that he has the ability to back up the corner OF spots, as well as be an emergency catcher should the need arise.

This guy has very real power, but has yet to prove himself at the ML level, but he's also yet to get a real consistent opportunity. Considering the state of things in the OF of the Padres, it sure seems to this fan that we should see more of this guy to get a better feeling for what he truly brings to the park.

So for now we'll keep our eye on this guy.....never know when KT will find that proverbial Diamond in the Rough......or catch Lightning in a Bottle.......

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Go Pads !

Play Ball!!

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