Apr 5, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; San Diego Padres manager Bud Black (L) talks with relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (R) on the pitching mound after Benoit was taken out of the game during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We Have Seen This Movie Before

It’s no secret that the San Diego Padres have stumbled out of the gate here in 2014. It is especially disappointing after a dramatic come-from-behind win at home against the Dodgers on ESPN Opening Night, giving us hope. But let me see if I can give some words of comfort to the Friar Faithful.

Last year started as a disaster, we all remember the Padres starting 2-10. Though I can’t tell you the Friars fought back to make the playoffs, they did finish strong, in a 3rd place tie with the Giants. Also, the Padres are not the only ones to start slow this year. They are not yet like the Diamondbacks, who, thanks to the early start in Australia, started 1-7. The Reds and Orioles also started 1-4. The Yankees struggled to win a game against arguably the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. What I am trying to say is, all is not lost. This is a very small sample size. The Padres still have 156 games left. This is a long, long season. That’s why I love baseball. You have numerous chances to climb back and redeem yourself. It’s not always a “must win” or “do-or-die” situation every game like college football. Everyone just needs to take a deep breath. The Padres will win lots of games. Today’s 4-2 win over the Marlins was very encouraging. They have a good core group of guys. Keep in mind, 3 key players are on the DL for the time being, players who, when healthy, can turn the Padres into contenders: Josh Johnson, Carlos Quentin, and Cameron Maybin.

I know San Diego doesn’t have a Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera or Clayton Kershaw, guys that can single-handedly take over a game and more. But the Padres do have a good group of veterans that know how to win. Joaquin Benoit and Seth Smith have both played in the World Series, and plenty others have playoff experience. Also, Everth Cabrera has started off well. This has happened before. Teams with much worse starts have gone on to have spectacular seasons. So fear not Padres fans! Keep the faith and keep filling the seats at Petco Park. I am right there with you. We have just seen the opening credits of this movie. It is impossible to predict the outcome at this point.

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  • Chris Calderhead

    “A good group of veterans that knows how to win” isn’t an actual thing in baseball, unfortunately. Experience doesn’t put more runners on base – Not in a significant amount anyway. The Padres, once again chose to spend what little money they were willing to spend poorly, meaning you and I, the ticket-holders get to suffer another 162 games of mediocrity. Was Joaquin Benoit really a $5 million upgrade over Luke Gregerson? Nope. Is Seth Smith the answer to our anemic offense? Nope. Could that money have gone towards a player that contributed something to a winning team instead, either via free agency or trading one of the 7 thousand pitching prospects we’ve stockpiled while almost completely ignoring our offense? Maybe?

    I’m tired of making excuses for this team and I wish more San Diego baseball writers would be too.

  • PBHayes

    Unfortunately the Padres have been the same team for years. Little hitting and fairly good pitching and defense. The pitchers are always under the gun to keep the run count very low as they know the Padres rarely score more than a couple of runs. Quinton is never going to play enough to make a difference. Maybin had never done anything. Johnson may work out but without hitting how can he make a difference. Padres will finish far out of the playoffs as usual.