San Diego, CA – Padres fans knew this season would be rough. There are plenty of opportunities left for improvement. The best thing about the MLB season is that it is 162 games long. It is by far the longest most grueling schedule of American professional sports. The length of the season coupled with the worst start in MLB HISTORY means it can’t get must worse than it is now Friar Faithful.
We already know after the conclusion of Monday nights game that the Padres 15-0 loss at the hands of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers was the worst Opening Day loss in major league history. How about this record? The Padres are the only team in the history of the league to fail to score a run through their first twenty-seven innings. For those who don’t care to Google it, the first professional baseball game was played 147 years ago. I’ll repeat that. ONE HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN YEARS AGO.
Ownership has promised fans that the team is not tanking. Yet most of the roster wouldn’t come close to making any other teams 25-man rosters. Yangervis Solarte? Probably triple-a for most other teams. Same could be said for Corey Spangenberg, Jabari Blash, Travis Jankowski, among others. That’s not to say they won’t become successful major league players down the road. They all have tremendous potential. But 2016? Not a chance, and they proved that through the first three games.
The Dodgers are a good team. One of the best hitting teams in the majors. The problem is, after Kershaw, their rotation is questionable and will prove to be an issue throughout the year. The Padres offense was completely shut down by a 2-3 combo in Scott Kazmir and Maeda that would more than likely be a 4-5 combo for some teams. Both have been successful. Kazmir has been in the league for years and Maeda enjoyed a very good career overseas before signing with the Dodgers.
These two teams could not be more opposite after the first three games however. The Dodgers have scored a league high twenty-five runs to the Padres league low run total of zero.
Don’t lose faith Padres fans. There’s still time. 159 more games to play and the Padres are headed to Coors Field to play the Rockies. Traditionally that is exactly where you want to go to end a hitting slump.
Here’s to hoping this team catches it’s stride and doesn’t make me look like a fool for predicting they can compete.
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