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Around the Mission: 5/24 Padres Links

  • Padres’ Binary Offense Is Working Well
    The Padres like to run a tight ship. Zeros or ones are allowed only, with zeroes highly preferred. Lots and lots of pretty zeroes.

  • Shakeup beginning as Padres fall again -
    When asked if he was surprised by the move, Venable said: "That’s their deal. I can only speak for myself. I’m going to work toward the goal of getting my act together and my swing right."

  • Venable sent down to Tucson -
    "My swing finally felt good," he said. "(But) three weeks into the season I’m hitting .110 and not feeling like I have the luxury to just let it happen. You’ve got to make some adjustments from there. It just kind of snowballs into everything not feeling good."

  • St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres - May 23, 2011 | SD Recap
    "I blew the game, plain and simple," Bell said. "You can't blame anybody. You can't blame the hitting. You can't blame the defense. You can't blame anybody, but you can blame me. "Simple fact, I didn't do my job."

  • PADRES: Venable demoted before latest loss
    "This isn't about putting (the team's struggles) on Will, by any means," Hoyer said. "We need to start playing better, and there will be moves in the future if we don't. This is one move, and I hope this isn't the start of things to come. I hope we start playing better. But if we don't start playing better, we're going to continue to make moves to improve things."

  • PADRES NOTES: Black open to altering Petco Park's dimensions
    Since Petco Park opened in 2004, the Padres and their opponents have hit an identical .240 there ---- opposing teams this season are hitting .240. But only twice have the Padres scored more runs at home in a season than their opponents ---- in 2007 and 2010. Despite that discrepancy, the Padres averaged a 43-38 record at home in each of the park's first seven seasons.

  • Hitters nodding off in sandbox that is Petco -
    "All those things go into helping the offense," Padres manager Bud Black said Monday afternoon. "If you do want to balance it out, do you want to bring the fences in? Do you want to make the infield harder? "All those things have been talked about. I’d rather not elaborate on them, (but) I will say they have been talked about ... I do think we can discuss doing some things to maybe make this a little more balanced."

  • Musical Outfielders | Ducksnorts
    "On a big-picture level, this is starting to feel a lot like 2009. The Padres can’t be super aggressive with their promotions just yet because it’s still May and there’s plenty of season left. At the same time, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the group charged with delivering a satisfying encore to last year’s 90-win opus isn’t up to the task."