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HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

Mar 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Earlier today Kay Adams and I looked at the AL West, now we look at the NL West. And we ask: does an assemblage of superstars make a team? Does grit matter? And what’s gonna happen with the shorter porch in right in San Diego?

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  1. blabidibla - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I have been selling the Padres as an up and comer since the end of last year. People forget how good they played down the stretch. Lots of good young bats. I think 3rd place in the division is possible as well.

    • icanspeel - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Yeah I agree. On paper the Padres don’t look great, but if some of the young talent plays up to their potential they could surprise some people. Craig hasn’t overlooked them like a lot of other analysts have.

    • ptfu - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      The lineup and bullpen should hold their own. It’s the starting rotation I’m concerned about. Casey Kelly’s already out, and Jason Marquis is a lock…

      IMHO the rotation will determine whether the Friars stay ahead of Gibson’s Gritters in the race for third.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        “Gibson’s Gritter.” Hahaha!
        I am using that one. Please know I will occasionally give you credit for it thought.

  2. skerney - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    “…you’ve got Chris Denorfia.” LOLZ.

    • ch0psuey - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      His stats werent to shabby last year for not being an everyday player. Didnt do too bad in the WBC as well so yeah Chris Denorfia…

    • ptfu - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Denorfia’s the right-handed half of the RF platoon with Will Venable. Their platoon numbers combine for a decent composite outfielder. Denorfia’s 2012 was a career year vs southpaws to the tune of .317/.381/.451, half of which was suppressed by Petco. Sure, the Padres would love an all-around monster* but you take what you can get.

      *Top OF prospect Rymer Liriano had TJ surgery, so Venorfia gets another year of life.

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