POLL: The Padres over the Remaining Fifty Games

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:

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:

@scottcolson: 0-50

@bcline760: 10-40

Me: 18-32

@SanteeDave5150: 19-31

@Tony_Losoya: 19-31

@CornfedFriar: 20-30

@terrysteffen: 20-30

@grundonlaw: 22-28

@sateayam: 22-28

@taterz1021: 25-25

@padrefan858: 28-22

@LeftCoastBias: 28-22

@FootballCharge: 49-1

@refriedgringo: 50-0

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?

[polldaddy poll=7305351]

Feel free to specify the exact record and why in the comments section.

***

I contribute to Padres Public on Thursday mornings and when I’m feeling particularly inspired. I can also be found on twitter at @AvengingJM. The dusty archives of AJM are located at avengingjm.blogspot.com

You are encouraged to comment using an exisitng Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. Upvote comments you find helpful, and only downvote comments that do not belong. The downvote is not a 'disagree' button.

  • stickman0287

    26-23

    The strength of the Padres this season hasn’t been a single player, but the ability to be able to plug and play with everyone in the right combination. Bud Black has shown he can do it before, and I think he will continue to do so. It is a pretty big blow for Cabrera to be gone, but I still think they will put together a good run to the end of the season.

    • Tanned Tom

      “strength of the Padres this season” ? Hahahahahahaha! Oh man I almost wet myself laughing. This team bites, AND just lost it’s two best players to the DL and a drug suspension. Oh yea, they’re going 26-23, which by the way does not add up to 50.
      Priceless.

  • SDPads1

    23-27 Because #Kevin

  • The Padres are 0-2 since I put things on the record. So, yea, sorry.

  • ItsDis

    21-29, and probably in true Padres fashion, just good enough to avoid a decent draft pick.

  • redmeansrun

    20-30 or 21-29. Without table setter Cabrera chances are less likely that Padres score early and first which it seems like they need to do to win. I would like to see Gyorko rested some with Amarista at Second and hitting second in order.