“Padres–A Painful Process”
An excruciating weekend in Pittsburgh, as the Padres lost 3-games in a row due to bullpen failures, to the woe-begone Pirates.
Of course there are always highlights with the team of building blocks.
We say the fast (11-5) start. The emergence of the young starting staff. The evolvement of Kirby Yates into an All Star closer.
The dazzling defense on the left side of the infield from Manny Machado-Fernando Tatis. The energy that El Nino (Tatis) brings to the base paths and on defense. The growth of Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes. The complete season that Eric Hosmer is putting together.
The callups of the kid pitchers, Cal Quantrill, Logan Allen, Miguel Diaz and the decent games they have given.
But like anything else, there are bumps in the road, and the realization this will take time.
Wil Myers continues to be a disappointment.
By preserving innings with the young pitchers, the Padres are on the brink of bullpen burnout and we are not even to July 1st.
The Friars are hesitant to push the limit with Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, and Chris Paddack, and are hesitant to go extra innings with converted start Matt Strahm.
This is a borderline good team, whose future is still to come.
That’s why when you see meltdowns by Yates or Craig Stammen, or struggles of the starting staff on occasion, you just need to be patient going forward.
The Friars are almost at mid season and are a borderline .500-team, what I projected them to be. There have been a lot more good days than bad days following this team, and you can expect better down the road.
But the road is indeed going to be tougher. Lots of games against the 1st place Dodgers, a series against the tough Red Sox…and the fact they have embarked on a stretch of 18-games out of 27 on the road, sandwiched either side of the All Star break.
It’s a process, understand that, the growing of a young team. Right now if feels like a painful process.
We need patience too. Anyone know where I can buy a 50-pound bag of ‘patience’….at Home Depot-Lowes or Von’s?
Believe in the blueprint, despite weekends like this in Pittsburgh.