Less than a week to go until Opening Day! For the red-hot Padres, it can’t get here fast enough. At 18-12, the Friars have the best record among NL West teams, rank third in the Cactus League and second among all National League clubs.
The Padres have won 15 of their last 20 after a slow start, hitting .307 over that stretch. On the Spring, San Diego is averaging 5.8 runs and 10.3 hits per game.
With the regular season quickly approaching, the first issue of this year’s Blueprint has been sent off to the printer. Here is a sneak peak at the first cover, featuring both Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin. Both players recently signed contract extensions, ensuring the Padres future down the middle of the diamond.
Following today’s series and trip finale in Philadelphia, the Padres return home for a nine-game homestand against three NL West division opponents (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles). Here is who the Friars are scheduled to face over the first two series of that stretch:
ARIZONA (7/26-28): LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Daniel Hudson
COLORADO (7/29-31): RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Juan Nicasio
The Padres are 7-7 combined against the Diamondbacks and Rockies so far this year, including a 3-3 mark at PETCO Park. Remember to pick up your free issue of the Blueprint. Here is a preview of this homestand’s cover:
With Interleague Play wrapping up in the next week or so, we asked some of the Padres who have experience in both leagues to compare the different game styles. Clayton Richard (White Sox/Padres) and Rob Johnson (Mariners/Padres) give their take on having the pitcher hit. Aaron Cunningham (A’s/Padres – currently with Tucson) weighs in on the opportunity that role players are given in the NL. Finally, Bud Black (coached and played in both leagues) shares his thoughts on the strategy that goes into a National League game.
With the 2011 First-Year Player Draft approaching (June 6-8), we asked Padres player what they remember about being drafted and the excitement of hearing their your named called.
Meet Buddy, Head Athletic Trainer Todd Hutcheson’s senegal parrot. Buddy is featured in the latest issue of the Blueprint.
The Pads are wrapping up the road trip with a two-game series that starts tonight in Arizona. Beginning Wednesday, the boys are back for an eight-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers (May 18-19), the “natural rival” Seattle Mariners (May 20-22) and the St. Louis Cardinals (May 23-25).
Here’s a preview of the new Blueprint cover, featuring local boy Aaron Harang.
Remember, it’s free when you come to the game. This issue also features Mike Adams, Dave Roberts and a look back at the 1987 home opener.
We’re currently working on making all issue of the Blueprint available online. As soon as they are ready, you’ll be the first to know.
The Padres left at 11 this morning for the bus ride up to Los Angeles. After the three-game weekend series, the boys are back for a six-game homestand. Here is a sneak peek at the cover for this homestand’s Blueprint (click for full-sized view):