The Padres beat up on the Pirates relievers to win Sunday 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres had a good week, as they continue to hit much better over the last few weeks than they have done all season. As is beginning a tradition for the Padres, they always seem to start hitting far too late into the season, then doom themselves again the following year with a slow start. They have a lot of pitching depth, both starting and in the bullpen it seems, and can only hope that this will continue to benefit them in the future as well. The Padre of the week was once again Seth Smith, who seems to always have THE big hit that the Padres need, whether it be the go-ahead HR in the Minnesota game or the 2-RBI double against Pittsburgh that broke the tie, what a difference it makes for the Padres to have that kind of reliable hitter in their lineup.
Baseball is a long season, and so often it is the small moments that are the difference between teams winning their division or finishing 10 games back from the lead. While not to be confused with a superstar or franchise player – I believe Seth Smith is that kind of reliable difference maker for the Padres. The only question is will Preller get some more offense around him next season in the batting order?
Current Record: 54-62
Standings: 11.5 GB Dodgers, 7.5 GB in Wild Card.