With ten more games in the books for our San Diego Padres the time has come to revisit the poll we began over one month ago. The predictions for the Padres over the remaining 50 games were not very promising then and when the team went 2-8 through games 113-122 suspicions about a disastrous finish seemed to be confirmed. Or were they?
The Padres turned things around during their next 10 contests and managed to go 5-5 during games 123-132.
As improbable as that stretch seemed with the team’s catalyst (Everth Cabrera) and best power hitter (Carlos Quentin) out of the line-up the Padres continued their run of success, finishing their most recent run of 10 games with a record of 6-4.
So over the last 30 games played the Padres are 13-17. It looks like a dismal run but it certainly could have been far worse considering how the Padres began back on August 6th.
So how are they doing it?
In 8 out of the last 10 games the pitching staff has held the opposition to 3 runs or fewer. Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross each pitched well in their recent starts but the bullpen has held their own as well, especially Huston Street. Robbie Erlin pitched well in a spot start and Tim Stauffer seems to do well no matter which inning he throws.
What do you think? Was your original assessment on point or do you need to make an adjustment with 20 games to go?
I went with 18-32 over the final 50 and that’s where I’ll stay but with each passing game I look more and more wrong. A sweep of the Colorado Rockies will do that.
Feel free to qualify your position in the comments section. Also explain to me how the Padre can sweep the Rockies, take 2 of 3 from the Giants, and also manage to hold the Dodgers to 2 runs in consecutive games. Personally, I’m going with, “That’s Baseball.”
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