Like Taking Candy from Fish in a Barrel

Swept by the hated Mariners by a combined score of 14-2? Nice of the Padres to make a cameo in Seattle’s weekend romp through our humble hamlet.

The Padres are now 8-18 at Petco Park and have been outscored 109-59, or by roughly two runs a game. Here is where pithy commentary on an increasingly sad state of affairs would go if I had any left to offer.

And didn’t we fix that whole suckage thing? This was fun:

4-2 51 39 .336 .373 .480

This, not so much:

1-5  6 25 .204 .254 .263

Oops, I forgot… you can’t tell squat from a six-game sample.

Fortunately, the Padres catch a break as the Cardinals come to town for three games. St. Louis only has the best run differential (+50) in the National League; is 14-11 on the road; and features Lance Berkman (.338/.451/.662), Matt Holliday (.349/.439/.557), and Albert Pujols (dangerous despite his current impersonation of Mark DeRosa).

Four things that promise to be more competitive than this series:

  1. Harlem Globetrotters vs Washington Generals
  2. Shooting fish in a barrel
  3. Taking candy from a baby
  4. Everything else in the world

Good times, my friends, good times. Bring it…

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  1. There is a reason they play the game.. get swept by Seattle, then a far superior Cardinals team comes to town.. Never know, maybe they will wake up? Am I took much of an optimist?

    After seeing 90% of the Padres games this year it seems like the team effort is lacking. Lots of players will go through good streaks on their own, but not many as a team and when 1 isn’t performing, the other isn’t doing a very good job at picking them up. I so miss last years team and chemistry. They were fun to watch

  2. The 2011 Padres are unwatchable. They will be lucky to win 70 games. At least, as each day passes, we are one day closer to seeing some of the young guys come up and play.

  3. The padres have lost only 4 games this year when scoring more than “3″ runs. They typically are not getting blown out. The Padres are not executing on defense and in situational offense this year. The strikeout rates are insane. What doesn’t make sense to me is why the situational offense and the strikeout rates are so glaring at home. It would seem that petco should not have an impact on the ability to bunt or make contact with the ball. The home numbers have to be an anomoly.

  4. thank god for mlb network. speaking of which, it was fun to listen to matty v completely disparage his former employer yesterday. the stat i remembered was:

    10 hits, 31 k’s.

    meanwhile, adrian g was the player of the game on sunday night baseball … :)

  5. I predict another no-hit effort by a Cardinal lefty. no, not by that Bud Smith but by a much better pitcher, Jaime Garcia.

    “Guys, play better, would you?” :

    This can’t help: 35 Ks in 64 PA, the whole team is an out machine.

  6. i’m inching closer to that point where i’m only going to pay attention when Maybin’s at bat or Latos is pitching…the rest of the team has ranged from terrible to just uninteresting. sigh

  7. I was at the game on Saturday Night, and from the very first pitch, the Padres’ hitters were swinging for the fences. They are not working the count, they are not trying for line drives, they are trying for home runs. How many fly balls to the warning track does Ludwick have to hit to understand that hitting in Petco is different than in St. Louis. Completely ridiculous. Its one thing to get blown out by a great team, but this is ridiculous. Oh, and it is possible to hit and score runs in Petco – Seattle and from all appearances, EVERY OTHER TEAM, can hit in Petco. Ugh.

    @Adam – you’re totally right about Maybin and Latos.

  8. Body language tells a tale, and Jason is correct. They seem to be going through the motion. It’s not the park. Opponents are scoring 4.19 runs per game at the same park the Padres are mustering 2 1/4. They signed the wrong kind of hitters for the park. JimT is correct as well. Flyball hitters won’t cut it. Seattle’s offense is almost as inept as San Diego’s, as was evident last year with their historically bad run differential.

  9. Well atleast we will get to see Blanks, Darnell, Hunter, Cunningham and Durango sometime in July!

    I’m guessing that moving Hudson and/or Bartlett is not an option due to their multi-year contracts and lack of MIF depth in the minors.

    I’m also guessing that this last home stand all but sealed Bell’s, Headley’s, Ludwick’s, Hawpe’s (who may actually have a little trade value at this point) Mosley’s and Quall’s fates.

  10. @JimT

    Part of the problem is that our starting pitchers have been very bad. Other teams are hitting at Petco, but they’re doing it against one of the worst starting staffs in baseball. The starters, in turn, have been badly hurt by the defense. Their 3.87 xFIP is middle of the pack and would normally lead to more than the 1.8 fWAR they’ve accumulated.

    In other words, hitting against 2011 Padre starters and the Padre defense at Petco? Not so hard.


    Latos is making half of even that limited viewing hard to watch. Let’s hope this is his version of Peavy’s 2003 and he can rebound.

    Kevin Slowey’s on the block. The casual fan would howl at the acquisition, but he’s a good target.

  11. @Tom: If you remember last year’s M’s team, it didn’t matter who they faced. They were atrocious offensively and this year are only marginally better. The Padres’ starting staff may be anemic, but in their home park, a pitcher’s park, they shouldn’t have been overwhelmed by a team like Seattle.

  12. Everyone talks about the bad offense, but at least they were facing Erik Bedard, Michael Pineda, and Felix Hernandez. With the Padres’ three best starters going, the pitching gave up 14 runs to the Mariners’ offense. That’s terrible.

  13. Is it petty that I cannot but help notice the Dbacks rebound under KT? Yes, a lot of the team was inherited but still.

  14. @jay: KT has a very good grasp on talent evaluation, but thus far Hoyer strikes me as a far better GM. He has long-term vision for making a resource constrained club perennially competitive. It hasn’t happened yet, but I have faith in him.

  15. @Jake. Hope you are right. KT’s weakness was drafting and player development, but it does seem like later drafts have been yielding players. I vaguely remember him changing that position, and whoever the new guy was, seemed better.

    Just he had such a good record of success on a modest budget:

    2004: competitive and we win if we keep bay and perez
    2005: playoffs
    2006: playoffs
    2007: incredible bad luck keeps us out of playoffs
    2008: awful
    2009: rebound
    2010: 90 win team built mostly on KT’s squad

    2011: he had arizona looking competitive; granted a lot was inherited talent, and it is early, but does make me question moorad’s decision-making

    i hope in 2-3 years I am rejoicing in the farm-driven success of our team, but ALL 30 teams are trying for farm-driven success; it is just the big market ones get to augment it with free agents; KT seems to see value where others overlook it which is a very rare asset; not sold Jed has it

  16. @Jake: Here’s where your faith will be tested. A resource-constrained club can’t afford the current and future hit at the gate that a floundering team will produce, so it’s up to the GM to make changes when it’s obvious changes need to be made.

    It’s especially difficult when a key part of the effort, a productive farm, isn’t quite ready. Jed will have to earn every penny of his salary over the next two months to salvage not only the season (and next year’s gate), but his long range plan, while choosinging and trying to sign his picks in the draft.

    That’s a tall order for even a veteran GM. The next couple months could define Jed as a GM.

  17. Keep the faith! Faith (def.) – the belief in that which cannot be proven. Yeah, that pretty much sums up my thoughts towards our offense. Just when I thought the team was turning the corner after shutting out Mil (looking like last season again), the worst offense in the league comes in our house to remind us just how bad we are playing. Stating the obvious here, I know.

    The play in the field is just heartbreaking. When is Hundley going to be back? Bartlett, what’s going on man? Problems at home?

    I really wish they would let a camera in to see the closed door meeting, even if only for release after the season. Bud seems like an excellent speaker; wish I could witness.

  18. I’d like to hear reaction to the optioning of Will Venable- another glaring indication of the pathetic (position) player development by this organization. Quick, name the Padres draft pick since 2000 with the most career MLB home runs! Hint- blond shortstop.

  19. To me, I wondered what Venable’s upside was supposed to be, since he struck me as at best an average corner outfielder and a guy who struck out way too much and walked way too little. He seemed to have some base stealing skill, but on the Padres there’s on one to pick up a guy who steals a base. Let’s see some kids.

  20. Seriously, padres v. Lohse, and the pitcher is winning.
    Adams v. Pujols went to Adams & TLR getting tossed as a bonus.

  21. Denorfia just can’t play RF like Venable. Three attempt to throw out runners and zero out (two offline – one to 2nd, one to home).

    We just have poor hitters and fielders this season.

    Time for a comeback, Padres.

  22. check out the split on batting order and Pepe Negro needs to move those #3 and #4 hitters down and swap them with the #5 and #6 ones.