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Daily Friar 4.8.13 

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The Padres ended their second series and first road trip of the season yesterday. The New York series ended on a good note with a win before heading into Colorado where they couldn’t muster up anything more than three runs in any of the games. Friday night they scored two, Saturday three, and Sunday one. All this added up to the Padres being swept by the Rockies to start the season. The Padres have a day off today as they prepare for the home opener against the hated Los Angeles Dodgers and their astronomical payroll that is buying them a seat in third place at the moment with a 4-2 record. I don’t know what to expect for tomorrow as the Padres could surprise us and come out swinging and do some damage to the Dodgers. On the other hand they could give us more of the same sleepy offense they have been giving on the road. The fences are in this year and I am eager to see how the ballpark plays and see who will have the advantage this year. I don’t think it will make a huge difference to the overall numbers, but a few would be fly balls from last year might make their way out this year. My only concern is what it will do to the offenses of the other teams when they come in? It remains to be seen. Here are your articles for today:
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Padres can’t climb out of early hole against Rockies – Padres.com

“In the end, the results were all too familiar, as the Rockies completed a three-game series sweep with a 9-1 victory in front of a crowd of 31,060, a win which sent Colorado’s hopes soaring, all while having the opposite effect on the reeling Padres.”

Pitching depth abundant in Padres’ farm system – Padres.com

“There’s certainly a lot to like about the Padres’ four full-season affiliates, where some of the top prospects in the Minor Leagues will play this season.”

Petco Park scoffed at previous predictions – Union Tribune

“I suppose home runs should be less scarce now. But there could be unintended consequences, which may sting hitters in ways ‘old’ Petco did not.”

The Padres have new dimensions to look forward to at Petco Park – Rant Sports

“With these new changes in place, the hope is that the Padres will have a better chance of ushering in more hits and using their home turf to their advantage. Officials want players to be rewarded more when they hit well, not punished.”

A ranking of the teams right now – Grantland

“So sure, we shouldn’t overreact to any team’s first week, not even one in which a team with the worst starting rotation in baseball somehow doubles down by scoring only 14 runs in its first six games. But when you look at the Padres’ hopes for contention, they look pretty grim. Now, and for the foreseeable future.”

Absences of Headley and Grandal hurting Padres – Chicken Friars

“Nevertheless, without their #3 and #5 hitters, the Friars’ offense has been treading water to start the 2013 campaign.  The team as a whole has only scored 4 runs once this year, have scored a total of 14 runs in 6 games, have only held two leads over the entire season, and are hitting a collective .204.”

Musings of a season ticket holder – Guest Post on The Friarhood

“I don’t need a fancy membership card, or a membership level.  I am a Season Ticket holder, I want to be treated as a special member when I am AT the ballpark.  Period.”

Good, Bad and Ugly for yesterday’s game – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“During my stint in Arizona for spring training the one thing that really stood out was how confident the Padres were about the offense this season.  I had my doubts, but as they say, ‘that’s why the play the game’.”

Five Good Things from the Rockies series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“The team, who most figured would struggle offensively without Headley, Grandal and Forsythe available, did just that. But I was able to find five good things and here they are.”

Padres Bullpen doing an Anchorman spoof – MLB.com video via Friarhood

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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.