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4 San Diego Padres
Lee Jenkins
March 31, 2008
"WE PUT OUR PITCHERS IN A LOT OF TIGHT GAMES, A LOT OF HIGH-PRESSURE SITUATIONS."
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March 31, 2008

4 San Diego Padres

"WE PUT OUR PITCHERS IN A LOT OF TIGHT GAMES, A LOT OF HIGH-PRESSURE SITUATIONS."

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a modest proposal ...

Thirty-seven, 402 and 411. The first number is Jim Edmonds's age, the second and third are painted on the left centerfield and right center fences at Petco Park. That combination means that this number—3.70, the Padres' major-league-best ERA in '07—is certain to go up. The club's decision not to re-sign centerfielder Mike Cameron and pick up Edmonds (left) on the cheap from the Cards will have a deleterious effect on a staff laden with flyball pitchers who relied on Cameron's range to keep runs off the board. Edmonds doesn't have the legs to cover the same ground, and he's already been sidelined by a sprained calf muscle this spring. San Diego had no other true centerfielder in camp, so Kevin Towers was looking outside the organization for a solution. The Padres cannot contend with a broken-down Edmonds playing center in their ballpark.

THE LINEUP
PROJECTED ROSTER WITH 2007 STATISTICS

MANAGER BUD BLACK SECOND SEASON WITH SAN DIEGO
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

New acquisition (R) Rookie B-T: Bats-throws
*Double A stats
WHIP: Walks plus hits per inning pitched
PVR: Player Value Ranking (explanation on page 62)

THE NUMBERS

DON'T LIE

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