April Hitter/pitcher of the Month
Hitter of the month:
1B – Yonder Alonso
April totals: 292/355/448 – 3 HR, 16 RBI, 10 R
Close call between the lefty, the catcher and the “Norf” but Alonso takes the title by leading the team in both HR (tied) and RBI. Alonso continued to be a singles machine, as evidenced by his sub-.500 SLG but .448 still an improvement on last year’s .393. With the exception of the terrible series at San Francisco (0-10 w/ 5 K’s, ouch), Alonso reached base in all but 4 contests. However, he paid San Fran back in the series back at Petco with the game winning RBI in game 1 and a 3-double performance in game 2. Once the power comes (which is any time now), Alonso has a very real chance to make an All-Star team and become the Padres clean-up hitter, protecting Chase Headley.
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Andrew Cashner
April totals: 1-1, 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 8.96 K/9
It is difficult to pick a performance from what amounted to a pile of poo on the mound. Casher gets the nod not only for his relief work but for stepping in to a starting role and, so far, not letting go. Cash started the year in the bully, logging 5 outings with an unspectacular 3.86 ERA. Still, with as short as Padres’ starters have been working, the long-relief guy is an important part of the staff. The big Texan then got an emergency start in San Francisco and gave the team 4 innings of 2-run ball. He followed that with a splendid 6-inning start and a win at home versus the World Champs by the Bay. Cashner is getting it done with the strikeout (nearly a 9 k/9 rate) but he is benefitting from Petco Park (home ERA:1.93, road ERA:5.55). Of course, stuff has never been Cashner’s problem, it has always been his body betraying him. The hope here is the injuries are possibly behind him and he can work his way onto this list again.