The San Diego Padres – I don’t even know where to start with this team. San Diego fans are becoming restless, and they’re currently sitting in last place with a 45-49 record. It’s the same old story year after year. We all want to know when this is going to change. The Padres have not seen the postseason since 2006 when they were taken out by the St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional round, who later went on to win the World Series. We all thought this year was going to be different.
AJ Preller went out and got Manny Machado on a $300M deal. The Padres also have one of the most exciting players in baseball with Fernando Tatis Jr. This team also has two of the top 10 HR leaders in the league. Franmil Reyes who has a .255 batting avg. with 26 HRs and 44 RBIs, and Hunter Renfroe who is batting .252 with 27 HRs and 50 RBIs. This offense is no joke, and this team knows how dangerous it is.
The problem has not been the offense this year, and any fan of the Padres or anyone who has been following them knows this. The Padres have struggled all year between starting pitching and the bullpen. It has not been reliable at any point this season, yet this team is only 3.5 games back of the wildcard. Everyone knows if you want to play October baseball you have to have a great rotation and a decent bullpen.
The past couple of years the Padres have had a great bullpen and decent starting pitching, but no offense. This team now has an offense, but no reliable pitching to back it up. They have used 10+ different starters this season. This team has had a few injuries, but that’s not an excuse. The starting rotation consists of Chris Paddack has a 2.84 ERA through 15 games with a 5-4 record. Joey Lucchesi has a 3.92 ERA through 18 games with a record of 7-4. Eric Lauer has an ERA of 4.04 through 17 games with a 5-7 record. Dinleson Lamet has a 6.30 ERA through two games with his record at 0-2. Lastly, Cal Quantrill has a 4.21 ERA through 12 games with a 2-2 record. As you can see this rotation is everything but steller.
The San Diego Padres bullpen is one big mess at the moment. It’s so bad that Andy Green has to bring in Kirby Yates our for a six-out save because he can’t rely on anyone else. Yates leads the MLB in saves with 30 but he has blown two saves this year. The rest of the bullpen has combined to have an ERA of over six. You can’t win baseball games with that kind of bullpen. This team is only 3.5 games out of the wildcard blows my mind.
Now, as a Padres fan, I wonder, who’s to blame for all of this. It can’t be AJ since he’s pulling off greats trades and signings, but we need him to focus on bringing in pitchers. The blame has to go directly to the manager, Andy Green. This year you can’t say he doesn’t have enough talent to win this year, because that’s a lie and every year that’s the same old excuse. We are tired of hearing the word “future”. We want to win now! AJ Preller has backed up Andy for years now. When is enough going to be enough?
Can we see the San Diego Padres make a second-half push and fight for the wildcard spot, even though we sit in last place? Will we see any trades or will we see this team fade away during the final stretch and continue with another losing season? San Diego fans don’t want to hear “maybe next year” or “our future is bright”, give us a reason to get excited. Such a beautiful city in San Diego, but there’s no excitement around Padres baseball because fans have learned that losing is the motto. This Padres team has had the most talent we have seen in a long time, but they have to get things going.