I'll be honest with you. I'm not usually honest. Typically, what you read from me is a mixture of exaggeration, sarcasm and old timey time story telling. Sometimes I break out the analysis and it's real good, but it's only at those times do people actually think I'm joking. It's a catch-22.
But to be totally honest.
I don't think the other teams in the league had a book on the Padres hitters and pitchers before the season. And if the Padres keep this up, the other teams will develop that book.
I'm being totally honest. This team is talented enough to win this division, but only if every other team continues to work off of last year's playbooks. By the All-Star Break, my biggest fear isn't that Adrian or Heath will be traded. My biggest fear is that the other teams will have us figured out.
I think we can play our division close (except for the Rockies). I think we can KILL the Central (except for the Cardinals). And I think the West will have trouble with the East overall. I don't see any team in the West dominating the division (except for maybe the Rockies, which is what I figured before the season started). Therefore, we have a shot.
I wish people would quit crowing about how the Padres don't get any respect. I truly honestly believe that we only have a shot this season if we continue to not get respect and I'd rather not go around asking for people to start noticing our guys and sending advanced scouts to discover all of the holes in our career .240 - .260 hitters.
...Game ball goes to Jerry Hairston for playing the high bounce into the volleyball set for the forceout at second base. If you didn't see it. Look for it on Web Gems or whatever MLB TV calls their thing. Quick Pitch I think.
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