Blame game. There will be a public hanging soon if this keeps up.
They’re not going to play in October if they keep playing like this in May. The San Diego Padres season is fast eroding, and so is fan support. You can throw all the parties you want at Petco Park, honoring the past, but that gets old, when the current is much like recent seasons, and there is little to look forward to.
The Padres let a struggling Minnesota team come in here and take two games in a row. They’ve been shutout 8X this year. 23-times they have scored 2-runs or less in a game. The pitching staff is 3rd best in baseball, the bullpen 2nd best, and the batting order dead last in virtually every category there is.
Appalling last nite, the middle of the batting order was hitting 194-193-168-200. And they got blanked by another struggling team Minnesota.
There is no fire in the clubhouse, the manager has seemingly run out of ideas, the front office seems paralyzed. And we haven’t even gotten to June.
You cannot fire the players, you better not fire the manager, but something needs to change, for this team is wasting all the bullets in the gun the pitching staff is firing, because the batting order is made up of blanks. Somebody better show some fire because the fans are going to go away.
It’s time to quit experimenting with a rag-tag batting order. If you are hot, you stay, if not, you don’t play. Seth Smith, Cam Maybin, Chris Denorfia must play everyday. Package them atop the lineup, get aggressive on the base paths and see if you can help trigger some hits from Chase Headley, Yonder Alonso, Nick Hundley. Jed Gyorko looks absolutely lost. Quit platooning, get it built at the top and see if it carries over top the rest of the guys in the back.
Somebody needs to get loud, get angry in a too-nice a clubhouse. It has to be Headley. It won’t be Quentin, always hurt. It’s not in the personality of Alonso. Smith is too reserved and too new. Maybe it should come from Huston Street. There is no leadership right now.
The Padres have lost 7-games this month to some of the worst teams in the league. There’s nothing at Triple A ready to help this team Any turnaround has to come from within those four walls of that clubhouse.
I fear losing is becoming acceptable in San Diego, and the fans are losing interest too.
There’s going to be a public hanging soon at Petco, the manager, the General Manager, maybe some players. The way this is going, the fans might show up for that.