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Daily Friar 2.28.13 

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Yesterday we had our first split squad games of the spring, unfortunately both of them ended in a loss. As we know though spring is not about wins and losses, but about how each player is progressing as we move closer to the start of the regular season. Since most hitters will see about two, maybe three plate appearances on average per start their numbers will appear ballooned when it comes to their average. For instance the leader in batting average right now for the team is Mark Kotsay at .714. In three games he has 5 hits in 7 at bats. Then you look at a guy like Kyle Blanks who has played in five games so far and has 6 hits in 10 at bats. Such a small sample size right now, but it is nice to see that they are able to string together hit after hit in so few games. The one player I am keeping an eye on, and I think he will be crucial to early season success is Nick Hundley. I mentioned the other day he was robbed at the center field wall, but it was nice to see him drive a ball. Yesterday though he added two more hits to his stats to raise his average to .375. You can read about Hundley in the second article below:
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Split-squad Padres show moxie against A’s – Padres.com

“The A’s swung early and often in their home confines of Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, roughing up a pair of Padres pitchers for seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-6 Cactus League victory.”

Nick Hundley tallies two hits against Rockies – Padres.com

“San Diego catcher Nick Hundley had two hits, including an RBI double,on Wednesday as the split-squad Padres fell to the Rockies, 6-3, in Cactus League play at the Peoria Sports Complex.”

12 least favorite MLB offseason moves – Baseball Prospectus
Number 6: The Padres do nothing

“Whether the team can re-establish credibility among its fan base by slapping duct tape onto an open wound remains to be seen, but there would seem to be better strategies for achieving that goal.”

FSSD to launch full-time on Direct TV starting April 1 – Scoop San Diego

“Prior to April 1, DIRECTV will make eight of the Padres’ ten spring training contests on FOX Sports San Diego available to their customers, as well as the first airing of FSSD’s Padres Season Preview Show, debuting March 22 at 6:00 PM.”

Chase Headley is one of the most underrated players in baseball – Rant Sports

“It’s rather impressive when someone can place third among third basemen in home runs and first in stolen bases, as that shows just how versatile Headley is.”

Rotation watch round 1 – Gaslamp Ball
On Anthony Bass:

“Made his spring debut yesterday and it couldn’t have gone better. He was efficient and needed only 16 pitches to retire 6 batters, while giving up one hit, in his 2 scoreless innings of work. A few more starts like that and he may become a lock.”

Spring Training Battles: Relief Pitching - Chicken Friars

‘Last year’s bullpen wasn’t as solid as it had been in years past, but it was good enough to have the ninth best bullpen ERA in the Major Leagues.”

Lineup for today’s game against the Royals – Steve Adler via Twitter

Pitchers for today’s game – Corey Brock via Twitter

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.