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August players of the Month 

Hitter of the month:

RF – Matt Kemp

August totals:  304/342/500 –   5 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B, 25 RBI

First. Cycle. Ever.

Pitcher of the month:

RHP – Ian Kennedy

August totals: 2-3, 2.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .195 opp. avg.

A few weeks ago the question of whether to extend a qualifying offer to the Padres #4 starter seemed like a no-brainer.  Kennedy struggled mightily during the first 2 months of the season.  He started to pick up steam in June and and July and hit his stride in the dog days.  Kennedy was extremely difficult to hit, holding opponents to a sub 200 average.  He also started striking out more batters than his career average (10.34 k/9, which led all starters).  And, perhaps most importantly, he stopped giving up the long ball (3 in 31 innings) that has plagued him all year.  If he keeps pitching this way he will leave the Padres with a really tough decision on qualifying offer deadline day.

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About the author: Richard Dorsha

The Padres above all others. There is nothing else in sports I want more than a Padres World Series title. My sports fandom begins and ends with the Friars. A San Diegan and Padre fan for more than 30 years now. Love to view the Padres from a historical context after reading about the team's humble beginnings to the dream come true of joining the National League. Been to more Padre games than I can count, seen more hours of Padre baseball than I care to mention.