Chase Headley was a big giant head during August.
Hamilton and Beltré hammered and belted, Prince and Cabrera mashed, Buster got busy and Hanley was handy, but the Padres’ third baseman was the Headley of the class.
At the start of August, Chase had 12 home runs on the season and his Padres wallowed 17 games below .500.
When August ended, Chase had pumped up his long-ball tally to 22, helping San Diego improve to nine games below parity.
Headley held a cool glove at the hot corner and cooly swung a red-hot bat from the thee-hole all month long.
He led the Majors with 31 RBI in August, his 10 dingers were equal-best (tied with Giancarlo Stanton) and accounted for 45% of his season home run tally, seven of those blasts came in victories for the Padres, highlighted by a pair of shots against Pittsburgh on the 10th.
The 9-8 victory was a sign of things to come, as the Padres went on to bully the Pirates during the month, winning five of six games against them.
Headley launched four bombs against the Bucs in total, including a walk-off on the 21st, for the the third straight victory of what turned into a handy eight-game winning streak.
In all San Diego bagged 18 wins for the month, with Headley leading the way in those games hitting .318 with 21 RBI and 17 runs.
Yes, the Padres are in fourth place and 10 games out in the wildcard, but as their division suddenly transformed into a Californian heavyweight tussle, the other team down south in the Golden State battled with pride.
The forgotten franchise with the League’s lowest payroll closed out August with 10 wins in their last 12 games.
Thanks in part to one mean Padre that stood Headley and shoulders above the rest.
2 Septiembre 2012