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The Padres are looking for . . . pitching?

Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.

I’m not the world’s smartest guy, but I know a couple of things. For one thing, I know that the Padres have the best pitching in the majors, leading all of baseball in ERA and allowing the fewest runs per game of any team.

Another thing I know is that Sean Forman of is pretty brilliant, and he thinks that (a) the Padres’ pitching has been otherworldly; and (b) “the addition of another above-average bat to their lineup may be all the Padres need to remain one of the biggest surprises of the season.”

So it makes perfect sense, therefore that someone is telling FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic that the Padres might add additional pitching at the trade deadline. He says that the Padres are “extra interested in potential free agents,” because they believe that once a pitcher gets to the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park that they’ll want to stick around.  He might not be wrong about that. San Diego is pretty much awesome, especially if you hurl horsehide for a living.

Still, the Padres picking up pitching when they really, really need a bat or three seems like overkill, doesn’t it?  Does to me.

  1. John - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Well, I guess they figure their pitchers have been pitching over their heads and that they’ll level off eventually, so they want to add some pitching to keep them where they’re at. It’s been pitching that’s gotten them this far. But if I was Jed I’d probably try to add a bat.

  2. Drakos - Jun 25, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    They probably figure that their pitching isn’t as good as the numbers suggest because of their defense and playing half their games in Petco. Also, their rotation isn’t as good as their bullpen. As a fan I wouldn’t be at all sad if they found someone to replace Correia or Leblanc in the rotation. Add in the fact that they will probably want to give Latos some extra rest down the stretch and a starting pitcher makes even more sense. I wouldn’t be at all upset if they did get a bat, but I don’t think that another starter is overkill.

  3. quint - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    given those in charge of the Padres – they know their pitching isn’t as good as its been, but more importantly – they know they are not going to get a bat.
    name a bat that would be available, they won’t cost much that will make a difference? because they are not going to trade the farm for a bat for this season.
    They can get a cheap pitcher who can perform well in that park and that division.

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