It was definitely a bad look on Sunday afternoon, the end of the Padres-Dodgers game.
Not just the ugly loss. Not just the staggering bullpen tossing gas on the fire. Not just the failure to hit with runners on base in scoring position a bunch of times.
It was a bad look to see an angry Kirby Yates barking on the mound during a meeting with his catcher Francisco Mejia and Manny Machado in the 9th inning.
It was one of a couple of meetings on the mound between the struggling catcher and the Padres pitchers. In fact, Mejia used up all of his mound visits during the game.
And then Yates gave up two doubles, when he couldn’t spot his pitches, and the game was open.
And then another bad look, Yates screaming in the direction coming off the mound, heading to the losers dugout..glaring-staring-cursing in the direction of the kid catcher.
You can read body language, you can probably lip read too.
The Padres are going thru a tough learning curve season, lots of places.
Mejia is trying to master calling-games at a young age. There are past balls, wild pitches, stolen bases. He has his hands full with the full responsiblilities.
He can hit, hit long balls, and he has a gun for an arm. He just does not have all the ingredients to be a complete catcher, to take the job from Austin Hedges..
Hedges is headed for a gold glove season, and does all the right things behind the plate. But Hedges, after all these years in the majors, is hitting sub .200 again. And Hedges may be headed to the trade block this winter for an established starting pitcher.
The good ship Padres, the ones who started (11-5), look like a boat taking on water.
Yates’ 30-save first half of the season, has been replaced by control problems, home runs, maybe fatigue. The same with his setup guy Craig Stammen.
Matt Strahm, who pitched so well for 2-months, has become highly erratic since being sent to the bullpen, so the kid pitchers could get starts in the rotation.
Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Cal Quantrill look sharp for 4-or-5 innings, then get into a hole they cannot get out of.
Danielson Lamet has good stretches and rocky times in his post Tommy John starts.
If Luis Perdomo or Robbie Erlin is in the game, it means the team is likely losing more so than not.
Luis Urias is lugging around a batting average under .100.
The Wil Myers-Manny Margot summer has been one of hot streaks and cold Arctic-like slumps. Not much consistency.
Ian Kinsler doesn’t hit. Ty France looks like a Great 4A–player in AAA at El Paso.
Franmil Reyes is gone. Travis Jankowski has not yet returned.
From an (11-5) start with Tatis-Hosmer-Machado, the Padres have gone (40-55) since. Tons of ugly losses to bad teams. Thank goodness the Pirates and Tigers are still in the league.
And now this meltdown in public view of everyone, after it appeared so much progress was being made.
Wildcard hopes-not any longer. Now the fight to stay out of last place.
Not a good look for long suffering Padres fans for sure.
Frustration boiling over from a clubhouse of guys who liked winning early in the year, and right now are upset they are losing so much.
Padres baseball-in a long hot summer-Skid City.