I finally made it to a game Tuesday night. About time… I get cranky when I can’t get out to the ballpark, and it had been way too long. Ah, who am I kidding? I’m always cranky.
A win? Huh, there’s a novel concept. It was just like old times on Monday night, with the Padres doing the little things… strong pitching, strong defense, timely hitting. What more do you need? As strategies go, it beats hoping the Giants and Rockies keep losing. To the bullet points: Tim Stauffer did a great [...]
I Losing nine straight down the stretch stinks. There is no other way to put it. Despite their current two-game lead in the National League West, the Padres find themselves teetering at the edge of an uncomfortable precipice. As I said earlier in the week, when the streak was a more manageable six games, “…if [...]
As weekend plans go, I can think of better ones than getting swept at home by the Phillies. One that immediately leaps to mind is not getting swept at home by the Phillies. I wish they hadn’t gotten so thoroughly trounced by the Astros before coming to San Diego. I can live with an opponent [...]
Have you ever noticed how the more you win, the more the little things irritate? Like watching the bullpen implode toward the end of Monday night’s victory against the Cubs. I should be happy with the win, right? I mean, before the season, if you’d told me the Padres would notch their 70th victory on [...]
It’s amazing the sense of entitlement one acquires when one’s team succeeds beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful — after all, the Padres did beat the Pirates on Wednesday — but whatever happened to playing a full nine innings? In case you missed it, the Padres held a 6-0 lead headed [...]
This is why I hate playing a team right after they’ve been swept by their rivals. The Giants embarrassed the Dodgers, who are now taking it out on the Padres. In the Dodgers’ defense, the club from San Diego isn’t offering much resistance. How do you get dominated by Ted Lilly and Vicente Padilla? They’re [...]
That was a fun way to start the four-game series in LA. If I believed in statement games, I might be tempted to call this one. But I don’t, so I won’t. Each individual game is more like a word. The statement doesn’t reveal itself until after the season is over and you know what [...]