Something else, to be sure. I honestly can't remember a season that started this poorly. I'm not sure which was worse - the ending to yesterday's game, or the ignominy of Aaron Harang striking out nine guys in a row.
I did a quick look back to see how bad it's actually been around here...
In 2008, they won 63 games but were 5-5 after the first 10.
In 2003, they won 64 games, but were 4-6 after 10.
The last Padres team to lose 100 games was 1993 - the in the midst of the firesale season - which may end up being the closest cousin to this year's team - only there's really no firewood to be found. Well, unless you count Bartlett and Hudson. And I suppose Quentin and Street, who actually have a little value.
Anyway. That team started 3-7. Game #10 was started by Andy Benes against Joe Margrane and the Cards. The Padres offensive star for the day? Operation Shutdown. 2 homers and 4 RBI.
Well, this season hasn't been a lot of fun for the Pads. But I'm really enjoying Baseball Reference.
And as for yesterday's game - I'm seeing this around twitter a fair amount, and agree. But wanted to mention it here. Yes, the ump seemed to blow the call. But Bud Black's been a bunting binge. And laying one down with Guzman there seemed to be asking for trouble anyway. I guess I've come around to Buddy a bit personally. He does seem like an awfully nice guy whose greatest attribute is that his personality is basically a perfect fit for San Diego. But overmanaging is not the key to this problem. Obviously. They also don't seem to have a ton of offense.
Seems to soon to totally concede last place. But the Astros are off to a surprisingly good start (for them). I think it's going to be a season long battle at worst.
I'm finding it really hard to give a crap with all the ownership BS. Also Moorad lets Hoyer walk and then gets forced out by MLB/Moores, really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not sure why, or if ... more
fresh off his highest strikeout total in a game and this happens?!? No good at all. I'm going to assume the worst and figure we can now write off Kelly contributing with the Padres until the 2014... more
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