Monday, June 9, 2008

As injuries get worse, Padres get better


Remember not so long ago when the Padres had the worst record in Major League Baseball?

Then starting pitchers Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Shawn Estes were injured.

Catcher Josh Bard also went down; ditto with second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

So, with this many people sidelined, what happens?

The Padres are on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season.

With a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers this Tuesday-Thursday, the Padres could conceivably move into a tie for second place in the NL West.

How do you explain this?

You don’t.

It seems the more Padre players have fallen; the more the Padres make their opponents fall.

When everybody finally comes back (hopefully by the All-Star break), the Padres could be in contention because of their substitutes. More likely, they could have a very difficult time when they begin 15 games of interleague play Friday against the much stronger American League.

During a 162-game season, every team gets hot at some point. It’s interesting that the Padres’ hot streak has come when you would least expect it.

2 comments:

dick said...

I can't figure it out either. Maybe its because everybody gets hot once or twice a year. I'm not so sure it will continue.

kareem said...

What a coincidence the Padres lose three pitchers, their catcher and second baseman and they start winning. Who can figure this Padres team out? Is this a case of addition by subtraction; surely not. Say it isn't so oh might baseball gods. LOL. It sure is funny they have their longest winning streak of the season when these guys go down and the replacements from Triple A come up to take their place.