The San Diego Padres have the day off today and that is probably the best thing for the team. A Major League season can be a grind on a player, especially with the roller coaster ride the Padres have been on. Winning one night by skunking a team only to lose three straight nights can be maddening. Today’s day off should serve the team right.
This team has not played well virtually all season long, but still only find themselves one game under .500, and three games out of the last wild card spot in the National League. They are still very much in the thick of things and they have yet to find their stride. That’s exciting to me as this team should improve in time.
Look at it this way, three games ago they were tied with the Washington Nationals (record wise). The Nationals beat up on the Padres the rest of the series, no arguing that. However, if the Padres had went on to sweep the Nationals after smashing them and Doug Fister in the first game. Then, the Padres would be in the Wild Card spot and only 2.5 games behind the Dodgers for first in the N.L. West.
Of course that didn’t happen, and the Padres were embarrassed the last three games of the series, but that shows you how quick the season can change. After losing three straight, the sky is falling again in San Diego and Padres fans are upset. Okay, you have a right to be upset. It’s the same problems with this team.
Fundamentally speaking the Padres are killing themselves on the field. Whether it’s bad location of pitches, or horrible defense, the team at times has looked lost on the field. The fans that watch the games see that and it is beginning to frustrate them.
Things have to change in order for the San Diego Padres to get better. They need to find whatever it takes to get them motivated as a team. If it means making a trade or firing a coach, the team needs to play more consistently.
I feel for Bud Black right now. The team has multiple players, playing multiple positions. Finding time for Will Middlebrooks, Yangervis Solarte, Jedd Gyorko and Cory Spangenberg has been a tough task. The fact the team has been missing Yonder Alonso at first base has made things a little easier for Black. He recently has been able to use Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte at first base.
Wil Myers should return to the line-up on Tuesday vs the Chicago Cubs. The series is a very important one for the Padres as they need to shake off the demons of the last three games. Hopefully the day off gives the team time to be with their family and loved ones. Enjoy the day off and get ready for work first thing Tuesday morning.