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San Diego Padres Power Rankings: Street Reigns Supreme

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Sitting at three games under .500, the Padres are showing signs of life with the return of Chase Headley, and Carlos Quentin. The bats are coming together, and the starting pitchers are starting to get some run support. Meanwhile, the bullpen is showing signs of wear but is still going strong. After hitting 4 HR and 10 RBI this month, where does Jedd Gyorko rank in the San Diego Padres Power Rankings? How far has Everth Cabrera dropped after hitting only .179 so far in May? Check out the rankings below for the full list!

  1. Huston Street: Through the first 10 games of May, Street has lowered his ERA to a pristine 0.56 while notching a Win and a Save. Street has been clutch in late and extra innings for the Padres this year and is currently the most dominant player on the team. Please do your job as a fan and vote this guy into the All-Star Game.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  2. Seth Smith: Seth Smith is making the month of  May his punching bag by racking up a .472 BA and a .917 Slugging Percentage. In 17 hits this month, 11 of them have gone for extra bases including: 7 doubles, 3 triples, and 1 homerun. Smith has brought his BA up from .246 in April to a team-leading .330 so far this season. Smith nearly became the first Padre in team history to hit for the cycle on May 10th failing to record the single needed to etch his name into San Diego record books. With Quentin returning, what is Black going to do with his outfield situation. The Padres clearly need Smith in their everyday lineup                                        
  3. Alex Torres: The trade for Torres continues to pay off, as Torres throws another 4 scoreless frames – dropping his ERA to an intimidating .60. He has yet to collect a Win or a Hold this month, but they’re coming.
  4. Dale Thayer: Thayer pitched great in 4 of his 5 outings in May, giving up 0 ER while being tagged with a loss. His 5th appearance ended with him giving up 3 hits and 2 ER in under an inning. Thayer’s ERA is now a disastrous 1.45 *end sarcasm*.

  5. Joaquin Benoit: 6 appearances through the first 10 games of month, may have taken its’ toll on Benoit. Through the first 5 appearances of May, Benoit struck out 7 and allowed 0 ER. Sunday night,  Benoit was tagged for 2 ER and received no decision for his efforts. Benoit’s ERA went up from 2.53 in April to 2.55 in May but has been a consistent stopper for the Padres.

  6. Ian Kennedy: Kennedy still leads the starting rotation in K (56), Opponent’s BA (.227), and WHIP (1.08). Kennedy should be credited with shaming the Padres offense out of their slump by launching a solo homerun of his own on May 8th. Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with and should benefit from the now-healthy lineup with some more W’s.

  7. Chris Denorfia: Deno has cooled off a bit this month, but is every bit the player that the Friars need him to be. Aside from a botched dive attempt the other night, Denorfia has been a defensive stud this year with zero errors.

  8. Cameron Maybin: The Amazing Spider-Maybin has racked up the highlights this month, robbing homers, stealing bases, and scoring runs. Glad this guy is healthy. Oh yeah, he’s hitting .385 this month and .341 on the year.

  9. Tim Stauffer: Stauffer has continued to pitch well, lowering his ERA to 2.30 for the season and should be considered for the starting rotation if a replacement is needed.

  10. Tyson Ross: Ross has lowered his ERA to 3.02 this month picking up a Win and a No-Decision in the process. Ross is the only Padre in the rotation with a winning record (4-3).

  11. Yasmani Grandal: Grandal’s average dipped over the first half of May, but his 2 Homeruns have helped spark the offense in times of need this month. Grandal’s power is still developing but self-evident.

  12. Jedd Gyorko: Gyorko has “improved” his BA to .162 for the season by hitting .186 this month. Gyorko has been clutch outside of his ability to get on base, by slugging 4 HR, and 10 RBI – both of which lead the team in May.

  13. Andrew Cashner: Cash has the second highest ERA (3.60) in the rotation for the month of May and has allowed 4 ER in 10 innings. The 102 MPH hurler has 0 Wins and 2 Losses for the month, but with the offense taking shape look for Cashner to finish the month strong and put up some W’s with the addition of some run support.

  14. Robbie Erlin:Robbie holds the lowest ERA (0.68) of any one in the rotation for the month of May and has lowered his total ERA down to 4.22. The kid is looking focused and is making fewer mistakes, holding hitters to a .170 BA in his last 2 starts, picking up the Win on Sunday.

  15. Donn Roach: Roach continues to put up decent numbers and has maintained his 2.84 ERA.

  16. Rene Rivera: Hitting .364 this month and continuing to help pitchers get their calls. I like it.

  17. Yonder Alonso: What a turnaround for Yonder! Hitting just .174 in April and cranking it up to .310 for May. Yonder sits at .200 as of today, with 0 HR.

  18. Everth Cabrera: Cabrera is having a hard time continuing his April success. Everth is only hitting .179 so far this month going 7 for 39. On the bright side he is 3 for 3 in Stolen Bases and may be finding his groove on the base-paths. But at least he’s been healthy speaking of which…

  19. Chase Headley: 2 games: 1 HR, 3 RBI.

  20. Carlos Quentin: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your starting left fielder. A round of applause please.

  21. Alexi Amarista: .222 BA, 2 R, 2 RBI in May.

  22. Nick Hundley: Hundley isn’t getting enough AB to be productive.

  23. Will Venable: Tommy Medica gave me one of Venable’s bats after a Spring Training game in March. I’m contemplating giving it back, as I have the sneaking suspicion that it might have been his “hitting” bat. Venable is too good of a player and I hate to see him continue slumping the way he is. Hopefully some protection will get him back into the swing of things.

  24. Nick Vincent: The wheels came off Vincent’s impressive start to the season in May. Vincent rocks a 12.00 ERA so far this month, giving up 4 Runs in 3 innings while taking a Loss against KC on 5/6. Cinco de Mayo Hangover?

  25. Eric Stults:Stults has somehow managed to become more hittable. Opposing teams have raised their BA from .333 in April to .362 in May. Stults ERA now sits above 5.00. Meanwhile, Casey Kelly is making a rehab start in Double-A tomorrow. Tick-Tock.

Missing from this weeks’ Power Rankings: Xavier Nady

Is Street ranked too high? Is Gyorko not getting enough love? Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

 

 

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