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Who’s Setting the Table for the Padres Lineup? 

With the Padres struggling to score runs, the offense will be a topic of conversation all year.  When Jed Hoyer made the trade for Jason Bartlett in the offseason most assumed he would hit lead off for the Padres.  Although Black stated to Dan Hayes from the North County Times that Venable is going to get a long look, it really will come down to consistent production.  A quick look at Bartlett’s numbers may give you an idea why Black is a bit apprehensive about just handing over the leadoff role to the new shortstop.