David Wells back in 2005?

David Wells sees a potential dynasty in San Diego. With young pitching, and more on the way in the form of Tim Stuaffer, a bullpen that had three of the best performers in all of baseball and a lineup that needs a tweak or two to get over the hump, Wells is looking to get on the bus again for 2005.

David Wells said he would like to have a one-on-one meeting with Padres owner John Moores.

"I'd like to talk to John Moores. I wish I had a lot of computer money and could buy a share of this team. I don't know if John knows how close he is to having something spectacular. They have to understand what they have here. They have the type of talent to last a decade like Atlanta. To have three young starters like that and the heart of the bullpen ... they need to lock Peavy in. All they need is a couple of long relievers and a starter (if Wells returns)."

Wells is also high on Padres manager Bruce Bochy. "He's a players' manager," said Wells. "He knows the game and is fun to be around. The players like him and get along, but when he talks, people listen."

Peavy is once again atop the National League ERA chart with a 2.25 mark. That is 0.39 ahead of Carlos Zambrano and 0.44 up on Randy Johnson. And Peavy needs to pitch only 1 2/3 innings in his final start of the season Friday night in Arizona to meet the minimum 162 innings to qualify for the title.

"Obviously, the ERA title would be nice," said Peavy. "But it's not an individual award. It speaks volumes for our defense and the relievers who got me out of a lot of jams." Randy Jones is the only Padre to ever have the lowest ERA in the National League with a 2.24 mark in 1975.

Adam Eaton ran his records against the Dodgers to 4-1 this season (2.87 ERA) and 8-2 for his career with Tuesday night's (Sept. 21) 9-4 victory at Petco Park.

Eaton, who gave up a two-run homer in the first to Adrian Beltre, was removed after five innings and 103 pitches because the Padres are planning to use him on three days' rest Saturday (Sept. 25) against Arizona. Eaton allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in that game, won by the Padres.

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