The Padres are in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. I don’t think anyone expected this, but it’s baseball. Anything can happen. You have good games and bad ones. Good streaks and bad streaks. It’s just part of the game. Absolutely nothing is going right for the Padres right now. Nothing is going their way, their D is mediocre, and they’re slumping with the bats. They are pressing big time. The good thing is, even with this slide, they still own a 1 game lead over the Giants in the West. But, of course, the Padres need to start winning. And i’m sure everyone knows that, it’s no secret.
Slumps are strange things. You never know when they might strike. Just when you think you’re team will break out of one, something goes wrong. When you never think they’re going to get out of it, something goes right and you’re back on track. It’s weird, it really is. But then again, baseball is a beautiful, mystified game.
There are a few things that I recommend the Padres do to break out of this funk. I don’t want to be the manager or anything, just my opinions. Here they are:
1. LINEUP CHANGE:
Over this slump, Bud Black has changed the lineup around a little. Yesterday’s lineup was awesome. Here is my proposed lineup:
1. Chris Denorfia/Will Venable
2. David Eckstein
3. Ryan Ludwick
4. Adrian Gonzalez
5. Miguel Tejada
6. Yorvit Torrealbla
7. Chase Headley
8. Mike Baxter/Aaron Cunningham/Scott Hairston
9. Pitchers spot
Ryan Ludwick has been struggling as a Padre2. , so putting him in front of AGon will give him better pitches to hit. Miguel Tejada has been a good addition and has been hitting well, and putting him behind Gonzo is a good idea in my opinion.
This team is pressing, there is no doubt about it. They are playing tight, nervous baseball, a far cry from the first half of 2010 where they were playing good, aggressive ball. Adrian Gonzalez said “I see guys looking at the scoreboard to see if the Giants are losing.” That’s a no-no. Forget about the Giants. Forget you are even in a pennant race. Go out, and have fun. Play good, aggressive, relentless ball. That’s what got you here in the first place.
This team has been swinging at a lot of 1st pitches, and has not worked the count. They need to do the opposite. Be patient. Work the count. Draw some walks. Get into the opponents’ bullpen early.
It’s easier said, or in this case, typed, than done. This is basically the first test the Padres have had to go through this year. They need to work through this. Put together some good AB’s. Catch the ball. Pitch. Do that, and the results will come.
As Steve Adler of Friarhood.com said on Twitter, “If you don’t believe now, you never really did to begin with.”
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Today the Padres start a 3 game series vs. the Dodgers at PETCO Park. Now, Mat Latos is sick with the flu, so I am not sure if he will make his scheduled start today. The Dodgers will send Vicente Padilla to the mound.
THE STREAK STOPS TODAY!!!!
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