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New-Look Padres Beat the Angels

Who Are These Guys?

By Derek Togerson
|  Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 11:43 PM PDT
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New-Look Padres Beat the Angels

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Will Venable might be wondering who he high-fives these days. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

After every game, Major League Baseball teams send out a list of post-game notes. It's a nice summary to try and make us journalistic-types look as if we know what we're talking about. After Saturday night's 3-2 win over the Angels, here's a list of Padres player accomplishments:

SAN DIEGO NOTES
- Eric Stults made his first career start with the Padres.
- Stults made his 26th career start tonight and is now 8-9 with a 4.33 ERA (131.0 IP/63 ER) in his career as a starter... Had an 11.1 scoreless-inning streak in Interleague play snapped in the second inning…is now 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA (17.0 IP/2 ER) in Interleague play.
- Andrew Cashner has now struck out a career-high tying three batters in back-to-back outings (five times total).
- Dale Thayer has now worked nine scoreless outings and 9.0 innings this season, going 5-for-5 in save opportunities.
- Yonder Alonso has hit safely in nine of his last 10 home games with an AB, batting .350 (14-for-40) at home in that span…hitting .377 (20-for-53) with eight doubles over his last 15 games at home dating back to 4/25.
- Alexi Amarista recorded his second-career multi-hit game (also, 5/25/11 at OAK) and first as a Padre.
- Jesus Guzman has hit .321 (18-for-56) with eight doubles over his last 23 games since 4/21 ... Is now a career .307 (54-for-176) hitter at PETCO Park.
- Cameron Maybin has hit .254 (15-for-59) with nine runs over his last 17 games since 4/30.

OK, looks like a great list of stats. What I noticed is, only two of these guys (Maybin and Guzman) played for the Padres last season. Only four of them (add Alonso and Cashner) were on the 2012 Opening Day roster!

What I'm getting at is, this is a team that's in flux, and has been all season. When they bring Matt Palmer up for Sunday's game, they will have had 38 players active in the season's first 42 games. Perhaps some of them, like Thayer at the back end of the bullpen, will end up being mainstays. That would be a nice positive in what's so far been a miserable season.

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