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The San Diego Padres’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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The San Diego Padres' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

Huston Street
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The 2014 San Diego Padres embody the archetype of a good-pitch, no-hit ball club. Despite ranking fourth in baseball in team ERA, the Padres are dead last in team batting average, which at .223 barely cracks the Mendoza line. With a 23-29 record and a solid hold on fourth place in the powerful NL West, the Padres need to focus on developing as a team in the present for the future. Here is a list of five players who are absolutely irreplaceable.

5. Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner
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5. Andrew Cashner

Andrew Cashner
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Though he’s on the DL right now, Andrew Cashner’s pre-DL performance and the fact that he’s finally putting a new consistency to his career, stringing together several consecutive quality starts. Cashner was 2-5 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP before injury took him off the field.

4. Joaquin Benoit

Joaquin Benoit
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4. Joaquin Benoit

Joaquin Benoit
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Working in a setup role instead of as a closer, Joaquin Benoit continues his long career in a similarly dominating fashion with a 1.90 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in 23.2 innings pitched. Benoit also has the Padres’ only save outside of those acquired by closer Huston Street.

3. Seth Smith

Seth Smith
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3. Seth Smith

Seth Smith
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Seth Smith’s season seems to be one of few exceptions to the Padres’ rule of low batting averages. The Padres’ current right fielder, who spent most of the earlier parts of the season in left field, has a slash line of .315/.413/.568 for the first two months of the season and has six home runs and 20 RBIs.

2. Huston Street

Huston Street
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2. Huston Street

Huston Street
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Though there haven’t been too many save chances down in San Diego, Huston Street is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities and has shown the Padres that he can seal the win for them when they need it. He’s also a key part of a Padres’ bullpen that ranks second in baseball with a 2.26 ERA.

1. Tyson Ross

Tyson Ross
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1. Tyson Ross

Tyson Ross
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The only Padres starting pitcher with a winning record, Ross has had an impressive season so far with a 5-4 record, 2.97 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The 27-year-old is good at keeping his ERA down, and unlike last season he actually has the wins to show for it. Keeping Ross in the rotation could be good for the Padres down the line.