The Padres are 37-58. But it’s been a pretty good season. All 58 losses have been hard, but all 37 wins have been well played. And believe it or not, there are way more positives than negatives this season.
- Jim Edmonds. The guy starts the season injured, and he doesn’t do anything worthwhile on the field. Thankfully, he has moved on.
- Bullpen. It is not like last year. With tiny run support or none at all, the relievers haven’t been able to get it done. Heath Bell is the exception, though he has had his bad nights.
- Offense. It hasn’t been coming through when it matters. Even if we have a 15-8 win one night, we go out the next night and get shutout by 76 pitches. It’s really tough.
- Run support for Maddux. It is plain ridiculous. The guy steals a base to try to get a rally going. Doesn’t work. He has 12 straight winless decisions. I hope he stays in San Diego, but he deserves better. He should have a least 10 wins by now.
- Left handed pitching. We are really bad against lefties. Randy Wolf the lefty was good in the beginning but he has completely fallen apart. He will very likely be traded, soon.
- Interleague. We were just starting to get on a roll when Interleague started. Then we went 3-15. Yeah. It was bad. In Yankee Stadium, we are 1-7 (not including postseason).
- Khalil Greene. He has not hit at all. He looks horrible at the plate! He really needs to get it together. But his defense has stayed solid.
- Trevor bashers. Trevor has saved 16 games. He’s blown 3. It’s too bad his offense can’t give him more save opportunities. If he had more, he would be well on his way to another 40+ save season. The Hall of Famer is throwing so well this year!
- Injuries. Chris Young got nailed in the nose. Michael Barrett is very familiar with the DL, being on it twice this year. Once with a strained elbow, and now with facial fractures. Josh Bard sustained a high ankle sprain in the same inning as CY’s injury. Our ace, Jake Peavy, had a DL visit. Shawn Estes broke his thumb. Tadahito Iguchi separated his shoulder. Kouz was out for 6 games with back problems. Brain Giles is having all sorts of problems. Brett Tomko is on the DL. No doubt, the injuries have really hurt us.
- All our wins have been solid. When we hit, we hit. When we get a lead early, we can usually hold it. The wins have been really fun.
- China series. One game ended tied, and the other game we won. It was a great experience for all who went.
- Opening Day. We won 4-0, all thanks to Jake Peavy. He threw 7 shutout innings and drove in 2 runs. We had such hope that week. The first series was played so well! We almost swept it, but Trevor blew the save in game three. Of course, he saved games 2 and 4. It was a great way to start the season. I wish the rest of the first half had gone as well as that first series.
- 22 inning game. It didn’t go our way, but it was a lot of fun. Remember Jeff the Ram’s Head and Larry the Parrot? We fell apart after that game. The most amazing part about that game was Josh Bard. He caught all 22 innings and drove in the tying run in the 14th. It was a sad 2-1 loss. I think Bardo said it best.”I know one thing: If you give up one earned run in 22 innings, you should win.”
- Walk-offs. Iguchi and Scott Hairston had walk-off homers. Paul McAnulty got hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded in a tie game. One of the best played games of the year was May 26. We came back in the 6th, 9th, 11th, and finally the 18th to win it 12-9. It was amazing. This was the walk-off 3-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez. I love this game!
- Come-From-Behind Wins. That game where Tony Clark hit a 3-runner to sweep the Mets. The first game in Colorado where we came back from 8-3 . We had a 7-run 9th to win 15-8. It was an amazing game.
- 4 straight 2-1 wins. That was really cool. It set a record, too.
- The Cleveland series.We lost it, but the fun part was watching former Indians hit like crazy. Kouz had a grand slam and 6 hits in the series. Giles had 3 hits in two games. Jody Gerut had 5 hits. It was a good series.
- New players. Chase Headley has been great. He has 6 homers and 26 hits in 93 ABs. It has been really fun having up here. A pleasant suprise is Edgar Gonzalez. He is a great ballplayer, and it is so neat to have the Brothers Gonzalez up here.
- Scott Hairston. He has proved that he can hit if he gets the chance. He also plays a good outfield. I will enjoy watching him in the future.
- Adrian Gonzalez. The guy has played so well this year. He has 22 homers and 71 RBI. He is an amazing defender as well. His All-Star spot is well deserved. But he is so humble! He is a great example, and I love watching him. Hopefully he will get some quality time in the Midsummer Classic.Go Adrian!!
And finally, my favorite story of the year:
The Hall of Fame game had been cancelled, and so had the Padres flight to LaGuardia Airport. So 61 people (players, coaches, team officials, and family members) climbed onto two buses for the 5-hour drive. They hadn’t gone far when Jake called the director of the traveling party, who was on the other bus. ” Me and the boys are hungry,” Jake said. The buses got off the highway and found a McDonald’s.” I haven’t been to McDonald’s in a few years…but I tell you what, it was pretty good,” Peavy said.”I even had me a McFlurry.”
Hopefully the Padres can at least have a winning second half. This team is so much better than the way they have been playing. But now we’re sellers, so we will be getting ready for 2009 and beyond. Enjoy the break, everyone! Go Padres!