Per Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, the Padres are ready to sell. They’ll use their four-game set against the Marlins as their last chance to cover some ground and head into the trade deadline as buyers instead.
The Padres entered play Saturday night with a 45-52 record, putting them in fourth place in the NL West. They were pundits’ sexy pick to win the division or at least win one of the two Wild Card slots following a busy offseason, but they’ve failed to live up to expectations.
Players the Padres could trade include Justin Upton, Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, James Shields, and Craig Kimbrel.
Giants closer Hunter Strickland had an ugly top of the ninth inning Monday night against the Marlins. He allowed three runs, serving up a walk, a double, another walk, and two singles. The Marlins overcome a 4-2 deficit and went on to win 5-4.
Unhappy with his performance, Strickland punched a door and fractured his pitching hand. He will undergo surgery and will miss six to eight weeks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
That’s a huge loss for the Giants, as Strickland has been terrific, Monday’s start notwithstanding. He carries a 2.84 ERA with 13 saves and a 29/13 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tony Watson or Sam Dyson will fill in at closer while Strickland is out, per Pavlovic.
Bochy said that he is “disappointed” and “crushed” about Strickland’s injury, noting that the right-hander had grown a lot as a pitcher and as a person, Pavlovic adds.
Strickland has a problem with anger, it appears. He exacted revenge on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper last year, throwing a 98 MPH fastball at him, then punched him in the head when the two brawled. Strickland wanted revenge because, in the 2014 playoffs, Harper stared at a home run he hit off of Strickland.