Friday May 8, 2009
The San Diego Padres wasted another good performance from a starting pitcher tonight and lost 2-0 to the sad sack Astros in Houston.
The Padres Chad Gaudin went 7 innings giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in a losing effort.
The Padres offense once again could night drive in runs with men in scoring position wasting opportunities in the 1st and 2nd innings and mustered only 5 hits and no walks in 8 innings off lefty Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez had struggled in his last start vs Atlanta going just 5 innings, but showed a seemingly effortless mastery over the Padres bumbling batters.
Struggles against left handed pitchers is nothing new for the Padres who have a hit an anemic .220 against left handed pitching in 2009 while hitting a relatively robust .251 vs right handed pitching.
The Padres troubles against LHP are a continuation of a problem that plagued the team in 2008 when they hit just .236 vs LHP but hit 30 points higher against RHP.
Could it be time for the Padres to sit Giles vs LHP and start Gerut in his place with Hairston in CF? Is it also be time to bring up a right handed bat to fill a bench spot?
Sadly, other than Kyle Blanks, the entire Portland squad is hitting under .300 with Emil Brown being the best hitting outfielder at .292 in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Brown is a right handed hitter, as is Chad Huffman who is currently hitting just .235.
Maybe the outfielder the Padres should consider bringing up until Floyd comes off the DL is Luis Durango who is hitting .369 with a .444 OBP for the Padres AA squad, the San Antonio Missions. Durango would also bring speed on the bases that has been missing since Everth Cabrera broke the hamate bone in his hand.
All I know is the Padres need to shake things up a bit.
I have had my say. Now what do you think?