Cleveland Indians Series Preview: San Diego Padres, April 7-9

Mike Ehrmann

The Indians conclude their opening homestand with a visit from their first interleague opponent of the season, the San Diego Padres.

The Tribe finish off their first homestand with a three game set with the San Diego Padres:

  • Monday's game is at 7:05 PM (Ross vs. Kluber).
  • Tuesday's game is at 7:05 PM (Erlin vs. McAllister)
  • Wednesday's game is at 12:05 PM (Stults vs. Salazar)

Then, without a day off, the Indians head to Chicago for four games and to Detroit for three more.

Division Watch: Tigers at Dodgers, White Sox at Rockies, Rays at Royals, A's at Twins.

Team in a Box

San Diego Padres

Offense

NL Rank

Pitching

NL Rank

2014 Record

2-4

Runs/Game

1.6

14th

Runs/Game

4.4

10th

NL West

4th

OBP

185

15th

H/9

9.0

8th

Last 10

-

SLG

248

15th

BB/9

4.0

9th

Last 30

-

Steals

4

5th

SO/9

8.2

12th

*all stats through Saturday's games except overall record

We haven't faced the Padres since the 2005 season and have only ever played two series against them. San Diego hasn't made the playoffs since 2006 and the last time they had a contending season was in 2010, when they finished two games back. They aren't expected to contend this season either (according to the pundits). They finished 11-13 this spring.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Nick Hundley

R

6

500

1167

1B

Yonder Alonso

L

20

200

500

2B

Jedd Gyorko

R

20

111

311

3B

Chase Headley

S

20

316

718

SS

Everth Cabrera

S

21

105

255

LF

Seth Smith

L

17

214

955

CF

Will Venable

L

18

176

399

RF

Chris Denorfia

R

15

217

481

DH

Xavier Nady

R

4

000

000

C

Yasmani Grandal

S

10

400

1100

C

Rene Rivera

R

4

000

000

OF

Alexi Amarista

L

6

000

167

1B

Tommy Medica

R

7

167

452

Even though Hundley is listed as the starter, we could see more of Grandal. All three catchers had fine springs. With two-thirds of their outfield (Maybin and Qunetin) on the DL, both Nady and Medica made the roster. The team is off to a poor offensive start so far this year, albeit in a really mall sample size. Most had slightly above average stats in 2013 though.

Projected Staff

Starters

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Andrew Cashner

R

2.25

12.0

1.167

8.3

Ian Kennedy

L

5.40

5.0

1.200

7.2

Tyson Ross

R

5.40

5.0

1.800

12.6

Eric Stults

L

11.25

4.0

2.000

6.8

Robbie Erlin

R

0.00

0.2

0.000

13.5

Bullpen

Huston Street

R

0.00

1.0

0.000

9.0

Joaquin Benoit

R

10.80

1.2

2.400

0.0

Alex Torres

L

0.00

1.2

1.200

10.8

Dale Thayer

R

3.00

3.0

1.000

9.0

Nick Vincent

R

3.38

2.2

1.875

10.1

Tim Stauffer

R

0.00

3.0

0.667

9.0

Donn Roach

R

8.10

3.1

2.700

2.7

Cashner is a very good young pitcher, but luckily we will miss him. Stults did well against us in his final tune-up before the regular season in the game at the University of San Diego. Erlin will make his 2014 starting debut against us. Street has had a good career against us (1.06 ERA in 17 innings, 8 saves). I hope we get to face Benoit. And they only carry one lefty in the pen.

On the Shelf

  • SP Josh Johnson [15 day DL], possible May return
  • CF Cameron Maybin [15 day DL] , possible April return
  • LF Carlos Quentin [15 day DL] , no timetable
  • SP Cory Luebke [60 day DL], out for season
  • SP Casey Kelly [15 day DL] , possible April return
  • SP Joe Wieland [60 day DL] , possible July return

As noted above, losing Maybin and Quentin hurts their lineup significantly. Johnson might return in May.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

-

-

-

-

-

-

2013

-

-

-

-

-

-

Last 5*

-

-

-

-

-

-

Last 10*

2

1

667

10

4

842

All-Time

4

2

667

25

20

601

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