The Padres is dead.
(Hopefully, we’re only saying that with tongue in cheek.)
We all know this team couldn’t hit if it faced Double-A pitching.
But now, it’s obvious that the pitching staff is becoming burned out from carrying the team all season.
Or did you not watch the last three losses against the Fighting Phillies of Philadelphia?
Starting pitchers Justin Germano, David Wells and Jake Peavy allowed 15 runs in 15 2/3 innings. They were only bottomed-out by a bullpen that gave up 13 runs in 11 1/3 innings.
The Padres are also gaining a reputation around the National League for excessive whining.
For instance, the Padres kept complaining yesterday (and rightfully so) that some Phillies’ batters did not have their back foot in the batter’s box. That made television announcers Harry Kalas, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews on CW Philadelphia laugh aloud and wonder why the Padres were not complaining about this Thursday when Chris Young was pitching a shutout.
For now, the Padres are a laughingstock. The same thing happened last year when San Diego came out of the All-Star break and was swept by Atlanta by giving up 36 runs in three games.
The Padres were good enough to bounce back last year. This year ...