Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Padres split with Dodgers and Padres fans ready to fire everyone
Social media suggests that the Padres fans are ready to see the club part ways with important pieces of the team
Four games with the Dodgers at Petco Park, and the Padres take the first two and drop the second two. Fan reaction? For two days they sang the praises of the club, and for two days they wanted half of the team gutted, some even including the manager who they previously claimed should be in the running for Manager of the Year.
Welcome to San Diego. It’s difficult to imagine a fan base so spoiled when the only thing that any of their professional sports teams have won was, well, we’re still waiting on that, aren’t we? Meanwhile, we live with what we have at our disposal.
Today, as a carryover from yesterday, apparently Huston Street is traded away for whatever the Padres can get for him if you buy in to what the fan base is demanding. Never mind he was the All-Star representative for the club last season.
The Padres aren’t likely to trade away Street, in spite of his high earned run average, and never mind he’s only blown one save this season. He gave up a couple of home runs on Sunday in the middle of a 1-1 tie, and he’s given up quite a few this season, so suddenly he’s trade bait? Street is making $7 million dollars this season and he’s signed through 2014 and isn’t likely to go anywhere soon.
You want to blame something for the last two losses, let’s start at one. As in, one run in each game scored by the Padres. One run per game isn’t going to win many games. The team that scores the most runs wins, and that’s the way the game is played.
Saturday night and in to Sunday, not only did Padres fans want starter Edinson Volquez traded away, but so did national media. Trade rumors abound, with many having Volquez and Anthony Bass going to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta.
Arrieta has a higher earned run average than do most pitchers, and his upside is mostly downside. What do the Padres gain with this? Nothing. You get someone else’s project, and why trade one or two projects for another?
You can’t expect the Padres to toss out four or five replacements and expect them to hit like the players they replaced. At least, not consistently. Zack Greinke was good on Saturday as was the Dodgers bull pen, and on Sunday, the Padres couldn’t figure out a way to string their hits into a rally, save for the home run by Carlos Quentin.
This is going to happen. Be smart fans. You’re not going to replace either Huston Street nor Edinson Volquez with anything better than who those guys are, and the bats will get better as the injuries heal. This is baseball, it’s 162 games of torture.
Endure it, like all fans of the sport do.
You’ll see this all season, the Padres will bring arms up and send them down. Up again is Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas, and down again is Brad Boxberger and Anthony Bass. Each spent a day here. And expect Robbie Erlin to be recalled prior to Wednesday to take Clayton Richard’s spot in the lineup. Just suspecting that, but don’t be surprised.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in town now and slated to go against the Padres on Monday. In a battle of left-handers, Eric Stults (6-5, 3.25) goes for the Padres against Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) for the Phillies. Game time is 7:10 PM PDST, on 1090 AM or Fox Sports San Diego.