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Courtesy of the San Diego Union-Transfer

Courtesy of the San Diego Union-Transfer

Last night was the first chance for most fans to catch a glimpse of Safeco Field’s new dimensions, though it appears to be just more of the same. The M’s pitched a shutout and failed to hit a home run of their own. Time will tell if moving the fences will play into the Mariners plan as they beefed up their offense this winter. I’m sure hosting the Astros has something to do with the lack of runs, but that’s just me.

The San Diego Pardres play in an even more “extreme” ballpark than the Mariners, and they take their new yard out for a spin this afternoon when they host the Dodgers at new look Petco.

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San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

San Diego Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has confirmed that Casey Kelly will undergo Tommy John surgery next month. Multiple tears were discovered in Kelly’s ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, which had been bothering him since a start on March 7th.

Kelly, a piece the Padres received in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, made six starts for the club last season. He posted a 6.21 ERA in 29 innings, and struggled with long ball (19.2% HR/FB ratio) after making his Major League debut in August. Kelly was shut down with elbow pain on two occasions in 2012.

The right-hander will require the standard 12-18 months to rehabilitate his elbow.

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres will be without Chase Headley for the next 4-6 weeks following confirmation of a fractured thumb. Headley suffered the injury sliding into second base while trying to break up a double play in a Spring Training game on Sunday. His availability for Opening Day was doubtful after it was revealed he would be undergoing further tests and X-rays on Monday.

The club confirmed that they will be without their best player for at least four weeks, but likely longer. Via San Diego Union-Tribune:

“Four weeks is optimistic,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday afternoon. “We’ve heard anything from four to six weeks.”

The next order of business for the Padres is designating a third baseman for Opening Day. Logan Forsyth, who has been out with plantar fascitis, and Jed Gyorko are the leading candidates right now.

Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances last season.

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres could be without Chase Headley to begin the season. Headley, who enjoyed a career year in 2012, suffered a jammed thumb attempting to break up a double play in a Spring Training game on Sunday. The 28-year old third baseman was scheduled to fill David Wright’s roster spot on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but his opportunity to represent his country died when the Americans were eliminated on Friday night.

Padres manager Bud Black told Corey Brock of that Headley will undergo “some studies”, X-rays, and “some other scans”. The play looked rather harmless, but Black provided some context to Headley’s injury by noting that Headley “got stuck and twisted around and his thumb ended up hitting the bag … his thumb was in a bad spot”.

Headley, as the casual baseball fan will note, led the National League in RBI last season. He also set career highs in home runs (31), OBP (.376), SLG (.498), wOBA (.378), and BB% (12.3%). Headley posted a 7.5 win season by Fangraphs’ count and 6.2 by Baseball Reference’s calculation method. Chase Headley is very valuable to the Padres and his absence from the lineup for any length of time is going to sting.

Both Logan Forsyth and Jed Gyorko could both find themselves being leaned upon in the event that Headley misses time. Gyorko is the current favourite to land the Padres’ starting second base job, while Forsyth is working his way back from plantar fasciitis.

St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

The San Francisco Giants quest for back-to-back National West Division crowns will be no easy task this year with the Dodgers fielding a lineup with five potential All-Stars and a re-vamped D’Backs lineup that will look to continue their offensive success of last season without outfielder Justin Upton. The Rockies don’t have the pitching, but may still be able to win some ball games with a lineup featuring a healthy Troy Tulowitzki, while the Padres may be in for a long season, especially if they deal Chase Headley.

Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)

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Washington Nationals v San Diego Padres

2012 Record: 76-86, 4th NL West
2012 Pythagorean Record: 75-87
Impact Player: 3B Chase Headley
Impact Pitcher: RHP Edinson Volquez
Top Prospect: RHP Casey Kelly

Significant Acquisitions: RHP Freddy Garcia, RHP Tyson Ross

Significant Departures: IF Andy Parrino

The San Diego Padres entered the 2012 season with a thin roster and knew they would take their lumps in the first half but, with considerable prospect depth on its way, General Manager Josh Byrnes and the rest of his front office thought they might have a team that could make a run in the second half. Unfortunately, the team was so bad in the first half—they were 28-50 on June 29—that no manner of second-half surge could save their year.

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You can’t avoid her.
She’s in the air… in the air
In between molecules of
Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide

The list of 200 inning-workhorses gets smaller and smaller every year. The 2012 edition features guys you expect to blast through the 200 IP threshold, acknowledged studs like Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, James Shields, and Clayton Kershaw. Then you have the players who derive most of their value from tossing 200 effective innings and not much more – the Mark Buehrle‘s and Bronson Arroyo‘s of the league.

Then come the surprises. Do you know who threw the 9th most innings in 2012? Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres. I know, right?!

Clayton Richard barely meets the qualifications for “effective inning” eater as he is pretty much just an inning eater. He tossed 218.2 innings for the miserable Padres in 2012 and came away with 0.2 fWAR for his trouble (a more dignified 0.7 rWAR). Replacement level according to a stat which prizes playing time and durability, no mean feat.

Richard’s problems are two-fold: he doesn’t strike anybody out and he gives up far too many home runs. Lucky for him, the Padres are making it easier to hit home runs in his home ballpark. Wait, the opposite of that.

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