“Padres-What Did You Expect”
Well that was nice. Thanks for giving up a month of interesting baseball. Now you are where I said you would be.
The Padres tailspin has begun, after a bit of a suprising start to the season.
San Diego is in last place now in the National League west, as we hit the quarter pole of the schedule.
The Friars are (15-27), and on a pace to go (60-102)…exactly where I said they would be by season’s end.
Saddled with journeyman starting pitching, Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill have pitched better than I thought they would, mostly at home. They compete.
Clayton Richard has given the team two really good outings, that’s all. Jered Weaver has allowed a ton of home runs, and has shown us why the Angels cut him free.
Luis Perdomo has pitched well for six-seven innings at a stretch, but has not gotten much run support.
The bullpen is showing signs of fatigue, and we are just a quarter of the way into the season. Overuse seems to be draining Brad Hand and Brandon Mauer.
Very disappointing on defense, especially in the outfield, where three rookies are starting.
The infield has been spotty on defense, especially at short and 3rd base.
A great start for Wil Myers, hitting over .300 with power, and seeing more strikes than I thought he’d ever see, considering there isn’t much run support around him.
Hunter Renfroe has shown great resolve to work thru bad stretches, witnessed by the (4-42) slump with 20-strikeouts. He has bounced back.
Manny Margot has had a good start at the top of the batting order.
But more times than not, Andy Green sends out a lineup card that has 4-of his 8-hitters batting (.220) or less, and how are you supposed to compete with that at bat?
The fans are starting to lose interest, and it’s not even June. Take aways the tremendous opening homestand of the season against the hated Giants, and the Padres attendance has plunged.
On the year, averaging (25,771), but minus the opening series, the team is averaging just over (22,400), fifth worst in baseball. They already have 11-home crowds of 19,000 or less.
So much for the promise of ‘wait till next year’ and they have lots of dates, and lots more empty seats to come.
What I expected. Not very good on the field, and probably won’t get much better this season at least.