Padres Editorial: The Hot and Cold Padres

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What is it about the San Diego Padres this season? The team can destroy a team one night and then get shut-out the next night. The fact that has happened more than once or twice is a complete mystery. This team just cannot find any consistency with its play.

That is a troubling thing as this game is about momentum and when the teams gains some, they seem to give it right back. I understand this is a brand new team and it will take time for them to be able to completely come together. So I try not to be too harsh in my judgments.

The play so far has been sporadic, but the team is still right in the thick of things for a playoff spot. That’s all you really want, as any team that makes the playoffs has a chance to win it all. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series last season from the Wild Card spot. In fact the team they played was the Kansas City Royals who also came from a Wild Card spot.

The goal is to win the west, that is for sure. The Los Angeles   Dodgers are a difficult team to be reckoned with. The battle to over take them for the western division title will not be easy. With that being said, the team could very easily do as much damage in the National League playoffs, while from a Wild Card spot. They should not get too caught up in trying to win every game and put unneeded pressure upon them self.

Fans are going crazy, because they seem to demand every win. Its great in my eyes. This type of passion has been missing from Padres fans for seasons and seasons. It can be a little misdirected, but the passion from the fans demanding accountability is fantastic. We all just need to take a step back and breathe. This team is solid, they are really solid. We all have high expectations for the team, but to expect them to win every series is just not logical. We as fans are frustrated, but the season is a long road.

The team is going to go through rough patches as they have in recent weeks. However if you look at the end of the rainbow, this team has yet to hit its stride and can surely play better. A .500 team to this point is not the end of the world. It just shows that James Shields, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers and company can get better. They just need to mesh a little. It will happen.

The pitching staff will correct the problems that have plagued them. They are far too talented a group to end the season with numbers like they presently have. The offense is a bit of a mystery. In my opinion all the lineup shuffling has to stop and hopefully once a deal or two is made, the team can have a sense of semblance. Jedd Gyorko seems to be swinging a better bat, but because of his slow start, has been a part-time player of recent.

The team needs to get Alexi Amarista and Will Middlebrooks going again. Both players have been in slumps and their averages are hovering below the Mendoza Line. With time this team should start to be more consistent. The Padres faithful will just have to keep the faith and trust the management. The product you see on the field now will not be what you see come July or even September. It’s a work in progress and we shouldn’t judge the team quite yet. Besides Padres fans, the future is bright for us. No matter what happens this season, we have a future. That is a fantastic thing.

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