Friday, June 1, 2012

Carlos Quentin Should Give San Diego Padres Fans Something to Cheer About - Bleacher Report

After just his first series in a San Diego Padres jersey, Carlos Quentin has provided the fans with something to look forward to the rest of the season. The Padres recently got swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs and have won just one game out of their last 10.

The Padres have been decimated by injuries all season long, which has made a bad team even worse. Padres fans don’t have much to get excited about, as the team has the worst winning percentage (.327) in all of baseball.

The one bright spot to the season heading forward is the return of All-Star Carlos Quentin to the lineup.

In his first series with the team he was more than a good surprise. The former White Sox outfielder hit a scorching .583 in the three games and added six RBI on three home runs and three doubles.

Obviously, Quentin won’t keep up those types of numbers, but for a fan base that is tired of watching the team score one or two runs per game, there is some excitement brewing around San Diego. Sadly, even though the Padres scored seven, three and six runs, respectively, in their three games with the Cubs, they still lost all three.

Before Quentin’s return to the lineup, the Padres scored a combined 19 runs in their previous 10 games over three series against the Angels, Cardinals and the surprising Mets. In just three games with Quentin in the lineup, the Padres scored 16 runs.

The addition of the Quentin to the lineup could be the addition that the Padres have been looking for, as they hope to climb out of the NL West basement. 

The NL West is not very good.

Only the red-hot Dodgers and the streaky Giants are above the .500 mark. Third-place Arizona is five games under .500, and the Colorado Rockies are eight games under .500.

If the Padres want to climb out of the cellar, they are going to need much better pitching.

Edinson Volquez, who has a 3.46 ERA, is leading the team in that category. An even more disturbing stat: With just three wins, Cory Luebke, who last pitched on April 27 in a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants, is leading the team.

The Padres need more offense if they want to take some pressure off their starting pitchers.

The Padres rank near the bottom in run support. With Carlos Quentin returning to the lineup, San Diego should give their starting pitchers more support.

The Padres and their fans should be excited to see what Carlos Quentin can do the rest of the year.

The Friars aren’t going to make the playoffs and probably won’t finish above fourth place in the division, but more runs provide more wins and a more exciting game to watch.

San Diego currently ranks 21st in attendance in the major leagues and last in the NL West. With Carlos Quentin adding power and with young stars Yonder Alonso and Cameron Maybin playing well, the Padres and their fans should be looking forward to more wins and more runs the rest of they year.

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