The San Diego Padres stumbled out of the gate this season without having Chase Headley in the lineup. The team is now on a four-game winning streak and on Sunday, Headley hit his first second home run since returning as San Diego improved to 9-15 on the season.
If San Diego wants to turn their season around, it is going to because of Headley.
The Padres are not the same team without Headley in the lineup, especially considering season he had last year. San Diego may be in last place in the NL West right now, but if the team can keep playing the way they have over the last few days, things will change.
The offense hasn’t been there all season long for the Padres. The division they are in won’t make things easier either, but the third baseman’s presence should improve the bats around him like Carlos Quentin.
I trust that Headley is going to keep hitting the baseball with authority. He may be hitting just .250 right now with two home runs and four RBIs, but I expect that average to be closer to .290 or .300 by the end of 2013. This is not as bad of a team as their record indicates.
The Padres may finish with 75-80 wins by the end of the 2013 season if Headley can stay healthy through the rest of this season —that’s is easier said than done, though.