10/04/06 9:19 PM ET
Notes: Barfield stays level-headed
Rookie not intimidated by magnitude of postseason
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
In critical wins on Saturday and Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Greene appeared in the middle to late innings, with Blum moving over to third base. Greene delivered significant plays in each game, including a strong throw from deep in the hole for the final out behind Trevor Hoffman in the clincher started by David Wells on Saturday."Khalil is one of the best in the game defensively," Bochy said. "He was huge in those two games. He can make plays not a lot of guys can make." Greene, in a sense, is like Hoffman now, hoping to make his entrance with a lead, even if AC/DC doesn't greet him. "I'm trying to be creative in finding new ways to say it's about the same, getting a little better," a grinning Greene said of the left middle finger he injured on Aug. 3, and reinjured when he came back after missing six games. Young confident: Chris Young, the Padres' Game 3 starter in St. Louis on Saturday, came off the field on Wednesday perspiring freely -- and beaming. "That was my best bullpen of the year," he said. "I feel ready to go." Young is coming off two superb performances, against the Pirates in San Diego and against the Cards at Busch Stadium, where he'll duel Jeff Suppan on Saturday. He had a no-hitter against the Bucs until ex-Padre Joe Randa hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth. In his final regular-season start, Young gave up only one run and three hits in seven innings in a Sept. 27 game at St. Louis that got away when Pujols homered against reliever Cla Meredith. "I've been in a nice rhythm, and I hope to keep it going," said the 6-foot-10 Princeton tower, having given up just four hits in his last 16 1/3 innings. He doesn't like to talk about his 24-game road streak without a loss, one shy of the all-time record of Allie Reynolds. He calls it a "coincidence" and moves on to more interesting topics, such as the latest book he's read or his revived interest in video games with his Padres teammates. "This is really an enjoyable team to play for," Young said. "It's been a tremendous season for me in every respect -- and I want to keep it going for a while. I like our chances with Boomer [Wells]." And the Padres always like their chances with Young, who led the league in lowest batting average against at .206 and in lowest road ERA (2.41). Boomer's future: Wells, 43 and still throwing strikes, keeps saying he won't be back next season "unless somebody makes a stupid offer." He hasn't been specific about his idea of "stupid," but it probably means something with seven figures and close to his San Diego home. "If they give you a stupid offer, how can you say no?" Wells said in the afterglow of his brilliant effort Saturday in Arizona in the playoff clincher. "It's like my wife said, 'If [CEO] Sandy [Alderson] gives you a good offer, at least you have to think about it.'" Bochy notes that Wells is not making any retirement speeches. "A lot of clubs would welcome having David Wells on their staff," Bochy said. "He's going to leave the window open a little. "He's a competitor, a guy who loves the game. He has passion for baseball and for life, too. He has a real great attitude. He doesn't put pressure on himself. He just does his best, the way he looks at it, and sees what happens."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.