It what has been a total disappointment of a season, the San Diego Padres continue to hit new lows. The team was shut out for the league leading 19th time on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Adding more salt to the injury is the fact the Friars were shut out by rookie right handed pitcher Zach Davies.
This team just cannot find any kind of offensive groove. Padres fans are up in arms with this teams inability to play consistent baseball. The team is now 73-85 on the season after losing its third straight. With many unanswered questions, the future of this Padres team is very cloudy.
Matt Kemp is now done for the year after a finger injury will keep him on the shelf. Justin Upton lumbered head first into the left field wall chasing a ball down on Wednesday night and suffered a head/neck injury.
Losing these two players generates a huge hole in the middle of the Padres lineup. Hopefully Justin Upton will be able to return. It really depends on how he feels when he wakes up Thursday morning. It would be a shame if that was the last memory Padres fans had of him in uniform during a game.
There is absolutely no way the Padres will be able to sign him this off-season. He will easily command $100 million on the open market and that is just to steep for the Padres. The only possible way the team could sign Justin Upton is if they were able to move his brother Melvin Upton Jr. plus another hefty contract like that of Matt Kemp or James Shields.
The team figures to build around Kemp and Shields, so moving them doesn’t seem feasible. Upton will move on and the Padres will earn a compensation pick for him in the June 2016 draft. Two first round picks (possibly three/Ian Kennedy) is a good thing for the future of this team. They need prospects in the minors, and having two or three picks in the top 50 will boost the Padres farm system.
The future is bright for this team. People got a little too enthusiastic with this team and we learned that it takes time for players to build chemistry. Padre fans would like to think the team has a solid nucleus. James Shields, Tyson Ross, Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Cashner, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and Derek Norris give the team a solid core. They just need to find or build the missing pieces around those talented players.
Cory Spangenberg, Austin Hedges and Travis Jankowski all gained valuable experience and each provides an exciting glimpse at the future of this ball club. Each young player is under a microscope as the team tries to figure out in which direction to go this off-season. Should be another very interesting off-season for the San Diego Padres, stay tuned.