|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||400.00||10.00||.253||43.00||59.00||22.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Francisco||53||11||2|| .236|| .396|| .208|
|vs Cahill (Career)||13||4||0|| .308||.471||.308|
|vs RHP||375||99||16|| .311|| .467|| .264|
|Last 10 Games|
|Will Venable scores twice in return |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(9/26/13) Padres outfielder Will Venable was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, after missing the previous two games with an abdominal injury. Venable led off the game, finishing 1 for 4 with two runs scored in a 12-2 win.
With just a handful of games remaining in the season, Venable is hitting .268/.311/.480, with 22 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 53 RBI in 471 at-bats.
|Will Venable back in lineup Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/25/13) Padres outfielder Will Venable is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. He missed Monday and Tuesday due to an abdominal injury.
Leading off Wednesday, Venable has hit .268/.310/.482 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 467 at-bats.
|Will Venable could return before end of season |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(9/24/13) Padres manager Bud Black believes that outfielder Will Venable could return at some point this week, according to MLB.com. Venable had been dealing with an abdominal issue. He has not played since Sept. 22.
"We are going to stay away from Will again today," Black said. "We are going to see how this abdominal strain continues to progress, but we are hopeful that he will be back in there. I know that he feels as though he can help us win."
|Will Venable might be finished in 2013 |
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(9/23/13) Padres outfielder Will Venable may not play again this season, MLB.com reports Monday. Manager Bud Black says Venable is dealing with an "abdominal situation."
"It's where the hip flexor meets the abdomen, he's a little sore," Black said. "We are going to keep an eye on him for the next 24, 48 hours."
Venable has had a solid year for the Padres with a .268 average, 22 homers and 22 stolen bases.
|Will Venable pull-hitting his way to power |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(9/3/13) Over the course of a six-year big league career, Will Venable has shown just moderate power for an outfielder, so I've been a skeptic of his increased home run clout. Still, it's hard to ignore that 14 of his homers have come at the Padres' home park, and that equals Venable's output at PETCO Park over the previous three seasons combined. A glance at Venable's spray chart hints at a new approach that could explain his newfound 20-homer power.
Venable has been pulling the ball more this season than in the past, and 16 of his 20 home runs have been to right field. According to the hit location data on Baseball-Reference.com, Venable pulled 27 percent of his hit balls in 2011 and 29 percent last season, but this year, that mark has risen to 42 percent.
While Venable doesn't get on base much and he is not stealing quite as much as in recent seasons, his increased power has landed him among the top 50 outfielders in Fantasy points and top 40 in Rotisserie value. He should be able to sustain his production through the season's final weeks, making him worthy of starting in standard mixed leagues -- especially those that use a categories format.
Creating baseball's perfect center fielder
It's time to hit center fielders in our ongoing series of creating the perfect player at each position. Hint: You're gonna see some Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen here.
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