After leading the Majors with eight stolen bases and tying for the Big League lead in hits, Cameron Maybin was named National League co-Player of the Week for July 18-24, sharing the honor with Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Maybin notched 14 hits and hit .538 (14-for-26) while scoring eight runs. As part of the monster week, he tallied his third four-hit game of the season on July 21, the most by any center field in the Majors.
Additionally, Maybin broke a franchise record by stealing at least one base in each of his last six games, breaking the previous mark of five set by Dave Roberts (2006) and Allan Wiggins (1983). Over the six-game stretch, Maybin has swiped a total of eight bags, becoming the second Padre crack the 20-steal plateau this year (also Jason Bartlett). 2011 marks the first season since 2006 that the Padres have had more than one player reach the 20-steak mark. It was accomplished by Roberts, Mike Cameron and Josh Barfield that year. The club has not had four players reach 20-steals since 1999.
Will Venable currently has 18 stolen bases and Orlando Hudson has 13.
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:
The Padres had 20 hits in their 14-3 win last night, three shy of tying the season-high 23 they had on 5/11 at MIL. San Diego became the first Major League team this season to record 20 or more hits in two games, while scoring a team season-high 14 runs. It was the 21st time in franchise history the team collected 20 or more hits. A total of 12 teams (13 times) have tallied 20 or more hits this season.
“You could have brought Bob Feller and Tom Seaver back and they probably would have hit them just as well.” – Marlins’ Manager Jack McKeon
The Padres go for the sweep today and are currently waiting out a rain delay with a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Tim Stauffer continued his dominance on the mound last night with 6.0 innings of shutout ball, picking up his sixth win of the season and fourth in his last five starts. The Padres improved to 11-9 on the year when he takes the mound. Stauffer lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.83, ranking eighth in the National League. Since June 7, he has gone 5-2 with a 1.33 ERA (8 ER/54.0 IP) in eight starts without allowing more than two runs in any of his outings.
As for the Padres, they started their seven-game trip with a win last night pulling even with the Dodgers in the standings. Heath Bell picked up his 27th save of the season in his 29th opportunity following an offensive attack that saw four Padres tally two-hit games (Venable, Maybin, Ludwick, Hudson).
The Padres kick off a seven-game road trip today with the first of three in Florida. The club will then travel to Philadelphia for a four-game set before returning home. Here is who the Padres will face this trip:
7/19-21 at Florida: RHP Anibal Sanchez, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Javier Vazquez
7/22-25 at Philadelphia: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Kyle Kendrick, RHP Roy Halladay, LHP Cliff Lee
In the 25 combined starts Sanchez, Nolasco and Vazquez have made against the Padres, San Diego has gone 14-11 with winning records against each of the three Marlins starters. The Marlins and Padres met nine times in 2010 with San Diego going 6-3.
Tim Stauffer takes the hill tonight with his team-leading 2.97 ERA (10th in the NL). He is making his first career appearance at Florida, having made two previous appearances (one start) against Florida at PETCO Park.
The Padres are wearing their 1983 jerseys today. The jerseys have had patches added in memory of former manager Dick Williams, who passed away on July 7.
The Padres’ manager from 1982-85, Williams led the Friars to a 337-311 record and .520 winning percentage over four years, finishing at .500 or better each season. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, in 2007 and to the Padres Hall of Fame in 2009.
Williams managed parts of 21 seasons in the Big Leagues, including stints with the Boston Red Sox (1967-69), Oakland Athletics (1971-73), California Angels (1974-76), Montreal Expos (1977-81), Padres (1982-85) and Seattle Mariners (1986-88). He posted a .520 career winning percentage (1,571-1,451), advancing to the postseason five times.
Primarily an outfielder, Williams played parts of 13 seasons at the Major League level with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1951-54, 1956), Baltimore Orioles (1956-57, 1958, 1961-62), Cleveland Indians (1957), Kansas City Athletics (1959-60) and Boston Red Sox (1963-64). He appeared in 1,023 games, hitting .260 (768-for-2,959) with 157 doubles, 12 triples, 70 home runs, 331 RBI and 358 runs scored.
Heath Bell is headed to the desert for his third straight All-Star game. The break comes at a good time for the Padres, who dropped each of the last five after winning four consecutive series headed into San Francisco. The Padres will match up against the Giants again right after the All-Star break, with a four-game series at PETCO Park. Here are the projected pitching matchups for that series:
Thursday, July 14 (PCL Tribute Posters): Harang vs. Bumgarner
Friday, July 15 (golf towels and fireworks): Moseley vs. Lincecum
Saturday, July 16 (rally pom-poms): Luebke vs. Zito
Sunday, July 17 (military appreciation day/t-shirts for kids): Latos vs. Cain
The Short-A Eugene Emeralds did it again last night, winning 9-3 over Vancouver and setting a new Northwest League record with their 14th consecutive victory. Two-time NW League Player of the Week (just 19 games into his professional career) Cory Spangenberg had another two-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Jace Peterson led the way at the top of the order with a 3-for-5 night that included a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Peterson was the Padres fifth selection in this years Draft, taken 58th overall.
Led by former ASU head coach Pat Murphy, in his first year managing at the professional level, the Emeralds are now 17-2 on the season. They are hitting .273 on the year while posting a 3.26 team ERA. Over the 14-game win streak, the club is outscoring their opponents 94-43. The Emeralds are averaging 6.7 runs/game over that stretch while allowing 3.1.
The Short-A Eugene roster consists of 30 players, 17 of which joined the Padres less than a month ago as selections in the 2011 First-Year Player draft.
Cory Spangenberg, the Padres’ top selection at 10th overall in the 2011 Draft, has been playing for just 18 games with Single-A Eugene and was honored today with his second straight Northwest League Player of the Week award.
After being named Player of the Week for June 20-26, Spangenberg followed it up by hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a .556 OBP and .519 SLG from June 27-July 3. Catapulted by Spangenberg’s hot bat, the Emeralds (16-2 on the season) are currently riding a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the all-time Northwest League record. The Ems will attempt to break the league record and with their 14th straight in a 7:05 p.m. game tonight against Vancouver.
With a big Fourth of July win yesterday, the Padres continue to inch closer to the .500 mark. Each of the starting nine collected at least one hit in yesterday’s win, handing Tim Lincecum his seventh loss of the season. Yesterday was also interesting in that each of the Padres pitchers was credited with either a win (Richard), hold (Frieri, Spence, Qualls, Adams) or save (Bell). The four holds match the most by any team this season (14th time) and tie for the most ever in a single game by the Padres (6th time).
The Friars are 9-3 in their last 12 tilts and have not lost consecutive games since June 19-20. Over the current 12-game stretch, the Pads are posting a 2.68 ERA (31 ER/104.0 IP) and have held opponents to three or fewer runs in 10 of those contests (including two shutouts). The starting rotation has been credited with seven of the nine wins, recording a 2.57 ERA (20 ER/70.0 IP).
On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin (.341), Chase Headley (.368) and Will Venable (.323) are each hitting over .300 during the 12-game stretch.
After being optioned to Triple-A Tucson in late May, Venable has had a strong showing in his return to the Big Leagues. Since beening recalled on June 9, Venable is hitting .326 with a.385 OBP and .478 SLG (.863 OPS).