When yesterday’s game against the Orioles began the Padres had a very nice, clean, and even 50 games remaining on their schedule. Such symmetry, coupled with the simultaneous loss of shortstop and lead-off man Everth Cabrera, prompted me to ask the following question:
There are 50 games left in the @Padres' season. I say 18-32. What say you?
— Avenging Jack Murphy (@AvengingJM) August 7, 2013
I know that’s a horribly dire prediction but let’s examine some simple truths . . .
- The Padres have a gaping hole at shortstop. I think Nate of the Vocal Minority pointed out last night that the Padres will be fielding 3 third basemen in the infield for a good part of the next 50 games. Yikes!
- The Padres have a gaping hole at the top of the batting order. One of the best improvements to Everth Cabrera’s game this year was the ability to work a pitcher and earn a walk. With Cabby gone the OBP of prospective lead-off men plummets. And let’s be honest – Will Venable will be doing the majority of work at the top of the order. Yikes!!
- Where’s the power? Part Un. Carlos Quentin looks like he may be heading to the disabled list or best case scenario he’ll just continue to sit on the bench with a sore knee and a steely gaze. Yikes!!!
- Where’s the power? Part Deux. Where is Kyle Blanks? Seriously. I’m worried. Yikes!!!!
- Jedd Gyorko forgot to hit. Yik – aw f*ck!!!!
I just gave you a laundry list of reasons why the Padres will suck over the next 50 games and I didn’t even mention the pitching. Maybe Ian Kennedy saves the team down the stretch ensuring a middle round draft pick with limited upside out of a South Eastern Conference university? Your guess is as good as mine.
Here’s what my informal poll yielded last night:
So there you have it. A range of complete pessimism (0-50) to blind optimism (50-0) with a sprinkling of oh we’re totally f*cked and a dash of it ain’t so bad.
What say you?
Feel free to specify the exact record and why in the comments section.
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