After sweeping the Giants in San Francisco last week, the San Diego Padres positioned themselves 3 1/2 games ahead of the rest of the National League West. They were pitching as well as anyone in baseball and were getting timely hits from up and down the lineup. This was starting to look like a team of destiny. One that could defy the odds and the experts and make a run for a pennant.
Then on Friday night the Los Angeles Dodgers came to town, and San Diego’s inevitable collapse began.
The Padres were swept by the Dodgers, losing 4-3, 4-1 and 1-0. So for those math wizards out there, they were outscored 9-4 in three games. Four runs in three games. What the hell boys? While the Friars were busy dropping three straight to their primary rival, the Giants swept the lowly Houston Astros, to climb back to 1/2 game behind the Padres. Basically the Padres’ failings this weekend and the Giants’ successes completely wiped out the three game sweep last week.
On Sunday things were just completely awful. Starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc went toe-to-toe with Chad Billingsley. LeBlanc – who has been phenomenal since being recalled from Triple-A Portland earlier this year – went 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits, and one run, while walking three and striking out four. He was fantastic. And he lost 1-0. The Padres mustered just four hits, no runs and one walk in support of him.
The Padres offensive woes this weekend has pushed their numbers to the bottom of the National League. They are currently 15th in batting average (.235), 14th in runs (150), 14th in on-base percentage (.317), 15th in slugging percentage (.353) and 14th in OPS (.670). They lead the NL with 44 stolen bases, but what good is speed if you can’t get anyone on base?
I’m holding out hope (completely in vain) that they’ll get their crap together and start actually hitting the dang baseball.
I’ve been hoping that for several years now and have been disappointed thus far.
Ah the life of a Padres fan.