San Diego Padres: 4/8-4/11 Series

After taking the series in Houston, the Giants hopped on a plane back to California, but they're not home yet. However, they're going to help the San Diego Padres open their new stadium, Petco Park, where it is anticipated that Barry Bonds may hit #660 to catch up with Willie Mays. Whether he does or not, here's an in-depth look at the weekend series in Petco Park's season opener.

OVERALL PREDICTION: PADRES
The Giants will take one game in San Diego, but the Padres are working on adrenaline. They're opening a new ballpark, and are coming off a strong series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. They have vastly improved their lineup as of last season, and are predicted to be contenders of the NL West title.

The Giants, coming off a good series in Houston, also have emotion to play on. Their slugger, Barry Bonds, is just one homerun shy of tying Willie Mays in the all-time homerun record for third place. Bonds will be effective against the Padres' pitching, but he will need others in the lineup to step up if they are to win this series before returning home.

Series Questionables:

San Francisco:

  • Jeffrey Hammonds: hand (15-day DL)
    San Diego:
  • Jeff Cirillo: broken finger (4-6 weeks)

    Starters:

    Dustin Hermanson (---)

  • Padres batting .368 against him
  • Payton is 9-19 against him with three doubles

    Kirk Rueter (0-0, 3.00)

  • Padres batting .240 against him
  • Nevin is batting .375 against him with three homeruns

    Brett Tomko (0-0, 6.75)

  • Padres batting .270 against him
  • Giles has two homeruns against him

    David Wells (---)

  • Giants batting .283 against him
  • Grissom hitting .625 against him
  • Durham is 16-37, with five RBIs against him

    Brian Lawrence (1-0, 1.80)

  • Giants batting .306 against him
  • Bonds hit .500 against him with six RBIs and two homeruns.
  • Tucker is 4-5 against him

    Adam Eaton (0-0, 0.00)

  • Giants batting .240 against him
  • Tucker is 3-4 against him
  • Bonds has three homeruns in fifteen at-bats against him

    PREDICTION: TIED
    The Padres and Giants are throwing out adequate starters on both sides. However, speaking from what's happened so far this season, Padres' starters Lawrence and Eaton have been sharper than Rueter and Tomko. Hermanson has yet to pitch his first game this season, and neither has Wells, who will be making his Padres' debut.

    First Base:

    J.T. Snow (.077)

  • .240 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (1-18): one double, one RBI, four strikeouts
  • vs. Lawrence (4-14): one double, one homerun, two walks, one strikeout
  • vs. Eaton (2-15): one double, two walks, four strikeouts

    Phil Nevin (.400)

  • .268 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (4-9): two doubles, one homerun, three RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Rueter (9-24): one double, three homeruns, four RBIs, seven walks, three strikeouts
  • vs. Tomko (0-5): one RBI, two walks

    Brian Buchanan (---)

  • .292 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (1-1): one double
  • vs. Rueter (1-4): one RBI, one strikeout
  • never faced Tomko

    PREDICTION: PADRES
    Snow has not been hot with his bat so far this season, but he has been effective in situational hitting, even if his batting average doesn't show it. Nevin has been doing well this season, and has a good record against Hermanson.

    Second Base:

    Ray Durham (.500)

  • .350 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (16-37): four doubles, two homeruns, five RBIs, three walks, four strikeouts
  • vs. Lawrence (4-13): two homeruns, two strikeouts
  • vs. Eaton (2-10): one double, one triple, one RBI, three walks, two strikeouts

    Mark Loretta (.400)

  • .352 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (6-16): one double, one homerun, three RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Rueter (6-26): two doubles, three RBIs, one walk
  • vs. Tomko (9-20): three doubles, four RBIs, one strikeout

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Durham and Loretta have both been effective against either team. However, Loretta has had more at-bats against the Giants than Durham has had against the Padres, which may be the only thing that gives him the edge. Durham has been hot so far this season, getting on base at every opportunity he could.

    Shortstop:

    Neifi Perez (.455)

  • .173 against the Padres
  • never faced Wells
  • vs. Lawrence (0-2)
  • vs. Eaton (6-21): one double, one homerun, two RBIs, two walks, two strikeouts

    Cody Ransom (---)

  • never faced the Padres

    Khalil Greene (.250)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (2-4): one walk, one strikeout
  • never faced Tomko

    Ramon Vazquez (.000)

  • .222 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (1-4): one double, one walk, one strikeout
  • vs. Tomko (0-3): one strikeout

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Perez is having a good start this season, but has a horrible record against Padres' pitching. Greene has had limited at-bat opportunities against the Giants, but is having a decent season.

    Third Base:

    Edgardo Alfonzo (.222)

  • .222 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (4-12): four strikeouts
  • vs. Lawrence (4-13): one RBI, two walks
  • vs. Eaton (4-14): two doubles, one homerun, five RBIs, two walks, one strikeout

    Pedro Feliz (.167)

  • .318 against the Padres
  • never faced Wells
  • never faced Lawrence
  • vs. Eaton (0-3)

    Sean Burroughs (.375)

  • .268 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (2-16): one double, one RBI
  • never faced Tomko

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Alfonzo has got off to a rough start for the season, but utility man, Pedro Feliz, provides a lift off the bench. Burroughs is having a better season, but he has not faced Hermanson or Tomko, and has a bad record against Rueter.

    Catcher:

    A.J. Pierzynski (.231)

  • .292 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (2-7)
  • never faced Lawrence
  • never faced Eaton

    Yorvit Torrealba (---)

  • .353 against the Padres
  • never faced Wells
  • vs. Lawrence (1-5): one strikeout
  • vs. Eaton (1-3)

    Ramon Hernandez (.286)

  • .214 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (3-14): one double, one RBI, one walk
  • vs. Tomko (0-4): one strikeout

    Miguel Ojeda (---)

  • .267 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • never faced Rueter
  • vs. Tomko (1-2): one walk

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Pierzynski has had better success against the Padres than Hernandez has had against the Giants. However, Hernandez is having a slightly better season. Expect Torrealba to have a start in the series.

    Left Field:

    Barry Bonds (.444)

  • .348 against the Padres
  • never faced Wells
  • vs. Lawrence (8-16): two doubles, two homeruns, six RBIs, four walks, one strikeout
  • vs. Eaton (5-15): one double, three homeruns, four walks, one strikeout

    Tony Torcato (1.000)

  • .000 against the Padres
  • never faced Wells
  • never faced Lawrence
  • never faced Eaton

    Ryan Klesko (.333)

  • .217 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (5-21): two doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, two walks, four strikeouts
  • vs. Rueter (12-42): two doubles, one triple, two homeruns, six RBIs, four walks, six strikeouts
  • vs. Tomko (3-14): one homerun, three RBIs, three walks, two strikeouts

    Terrence Long (---)

  • .136 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (3-11): two strikeouts
  • vs. Tomko (0-6): one walk, two strikeouts

    Kerry Robinson (---)

  • .111 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Rueter (0-1)
  • vs. Tomko (0-1)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Even though Bonds has never faced Wells, he will still be dominating the game. Klesko, since moving to the outfield, is having an adequate season in the batter's box. Torcato has also been a good bat off the bench.

    Center Field:

    Marquis Grissom (.333)

  • .262 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (5-8): two doubles, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Lawrence (4-16): one double, one homerun, four RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Eaton (3-22): one RBI, two walks, five strikeouts

    Jay Payton (.375)

  • .367 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (9-19): three doubles, one RBI, one strikeout
  • vs. Rueter (6-16): one double, two homeruns, three RBIs, one walk, one strikeout
  • vs. Tomko (3-10): two doubles, one strikeout

    PREDICTION: PADRES
    Payton was one of the Padres' good pickups this offseason. Grissom has been performing well this season, but has yet to get hot with his bat. Both have been good defensively.

    Right Field:

    Michael Tucker (.214)

  • .429 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (1-2)
  • vs. Lawrence (4-5): one double, one homerun, two RBIs
  • vs. Eaton (3-4): one double, one strikeout

    Dustan Mohr (.000)

  • .222 against the Padres
  • vs. Wells (1-11): one homerun, three strikeouts
  • vs. Lawrence (0-1): one strikeout
  • never faced Eaton

    Brian Giles (.125)

  • .243 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (7-21): three doubles, two homeruns, four RBIs, three walks, three strikeouts
  • vs. Rueter (2-21): three RBIs, two walks, three strikeouts
  • vs. Tomko (4-22): one double, two homeruns, four RBIs, three walks

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Even though Giles is the better hitter, he's been cold so far this season. Tucker has been on and off, and Mohr may get some at-bats as well.

    BULLPEN: PADRES
    The Giants' bullpen is thin, and has been beaten up in Houston because starting pitching has not been able to last for more than six innings. However, arms like Felix Rodriguez and Matt Herges should be rested for this series.



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