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'Upheaval' in Pads rotation at crucial time

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08:12 AM ET 09.07 | The timing could have been better. Through Sept. 1, the Padres' starting rotation exemplified stability. Jon Garland, Mat Latos, Clayton Richard, Kevin Correia and Wade LeBlanc combined to make all but two of the club's 132 starts. Now, at the most crucial point of the season with the team struggling, the rotation is in a state of flux. First, a struggling LeBlanc was removed from the rotation Friday in favor of the club's most advanced prospect, Cory Luebke. On Monday, Latos was pushed back one day because of a stomach virus. And now Correia will be skipped for at least one start. ... For the four-game showdown beginning Thursday against San Francisco, Black indicated that Garland will pitch the first game, followed by Richard. Saturday's starter is undecided with Latos expected to go Sunday.

San Diego Union-Tribune

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September 7, 2010  10:58 AM ET

For the Pads this is still a better place than they expected to be at the very begining.

September 7, 2010  11:11 AM ET

even if the padres win the pennant,they will hit the exit early on the very first round, weak rotation, passive & hitless line up, teams with this type of mentality need to take a early vacation!

September 7, 2010  11:33 AM ET

5 days ago they had the best record in the NL. Now they have no pitching and no hitting. How did they do it? They'll be back.

September 7, 2010  12:21 PM ET

Usually I stop drinking before the upheaval.

September 7, 2010  01:28 PM ET

padres, they are a very sorry team!!

September 7, 2010  03:04 PM ET

All good news for the eventual division (and pennant) winner, the Giants.

September 7, 2010  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Usually I stop drinking before the upheaval.

unlike you're contemporaries billy martin and mickey mantle

September 7, 2010  06:47 PM ET

Time to call up Bill "Spaceman" Lee from the minors. He won a game at age 63 this weekend.

September 7, 2010  07:34 PM ET

If you look around a lot of teams have pitchers breaking down. Skipped starts, throwing in a spot starter, opting for more pampered rested arms coming up with the expanded roster, etc. You have to patch it together somehow. You cannot count on a single rotation for the entire year. The Padres were lucky to this point to get so much production out of so few pitchers.

September 7, 2010  08:00 PM ET

i like them, i hope they find a way to make it to the playoffs

September 7, 2010  09:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

All good news for the eventual division (and pennant) winner, the Giants.

Amen, brother.

September 8, 2010  12:40 AM ET

Fricken Dodgers are useless. One time in my life I actually want them to win and they screw it up.

September 8, 2010  06:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

unlike you're contemporaries billy martin and mickey mantle

You forgot Whitey....

September 8, 2010  08:02 AM ET

My Padre's are starting to look like my beloved Chargers. Gettin our hopes up then crushing us in the end with an incredible choke job!! Thanks!!! We saw this coming thus the small attendance all year. At least our little league team has a ring.

 
September 8, 2010  02:28 PM ET

the padres have a wish, but its kindly to hard to get they wish to face the dodgers the whole month of september, because the blues are a useless team can't hardly beat not even a minor league team!!

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