Monday, September 8, 2008

CY close but no cigar

Padres win 10-1

Chris Young was perfect through 8, but was unable to complete the historic mission of the first pitcher in franchise history to toss a Perfecto when Gabe Kapler took him deep to end it. He did however record his first complete game of the season and the Padres went on to stomp the Brew Crew in convincing fashion taking 2-3 from Milwaukee.

Despite fielding what is essentially a team made up of AAA and a few AA guys, the Padres are playing some of their best baseball this year. Chase Headley and Kevin Kouzmanoff both went deep, while the core& imediate future players like Kouzmanoff, Gonzalez, Venable, Headley, Hundley, and Kazmar all had RBI. While this season may be lost as far as playoffs go, it is refreshing to see the kids that have been called up continue to contribute. This at least shows that the future is bright, and that it's close to arriving.

Continued success by our kids will do two things........give fans something to look forward to seeing next year, and up their potential trade value should the team decide to move someone in an effort to better the team in another area.

Kouzmanoff seems to always be the guy on the block, mainly due to the franchise having Chase Headley to fall back on. If he's moved, Chase would slide into 3rd, allowing for Venable (maybe) to take over the LF duties next year. Having Venable in LF and Jody Gerut in CF would make for a very very athletic duo that could cover a great deal of ground out there. So the question remains this.......If he's (Kouz) is moved, what do you try to get back in return ? A Shortstop to replace Khalil Greene ? A starting pitcher ? What ? So the speculation is running crazy among the fandome as to what the FO might do.

Whatever they do decide I sure hope they get back quality in return on this deal and we're not duped or fleeced by some GM.

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Play Ball !!

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