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Players of the month: April 

Hitter of the month:

RF/LF – Chris Denorfia

April totals:  305/337/427 – 1 HR, 3 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBI, 5 SB

With as bad as the offense has been so far, finding a positive offensive player is tough.  Deno might have only posted a .3 WAR but it beats everyone else, so he’s our man.  The outfielder also quietly collected 5 steals to lead the team in the season’s first month.  Denorfia was also difficult to strike out, ending the month with only 11, which was the 2nd smallest number among regular starters.  Given this team’s proclivity for punching out, this is a welcomed asset.

Pitcher of the month:

RHP – Ian Kennedy

April totals: 2-3, 3.16 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, .199 opp. AVG, 9.00 K/9

Surprise!  Andrew Cashner may seem like the obvious choice here as he anchors the staff.  However, the numbers do not lie and Kennedy was superior in the season’s first full month.  Keep in mind, Cashner’s magnificent opening night win against the Dodgers was in March.  Kennedy is showing the promise of a pitcher returning to the form that made him a Cy Young candidate just a few seasons ago.  Kennedy’s K/9 rate is currently impressive and a full point higher than his career number of 8.  It is a number that, if it can be maintained, should continue to spell success for the veteran.

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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.