San Diego Padres: Week #7 power rankings update
Where do the San Diego Padres stand according to power rankings as the season is seven weeks in? We take a look at all of the major lists.
The San Diego Padres have hit the lowest point of the season. Their winning percentage is the lowest since opening week, and both their pitching and offense is slumping more than it has the entire season.
The low point in the season is not only reflected in the club’s record, as they have slipped to 14 games under .500, but also through their place in some of the most credible power rankings lists.
This week’s power rankings update is the ugliest yet.
ESPN starts us off with bad news right off the bat. The under performing pitching staff is the primary reason the club has earned the bottom spot on this list.
"The Padres are in a 4-14 rut that doesn’t seem likely to end soon. Despite the benefit of calling Petco Park home, their rotation is running with the Reds and Giants for most runs allowed by an MLB starting staff. The bullpen, despite often not having to pitch the ninth inning, has allowed an NL-worst 95 runs. GM A.J. Preller punted on building a competitive roster; should he be congratulated for delivering on such a deliberately bad design?"
FOX Sports: 28th
FOX provides us with the most optimistic outlook of the week in our rankings, focusing in on some of the very few positives of the 16-30 season so far.
"Clayton Richard threw a complete game Sunday. Also, there are two teams that are playing worse than the Padres right now, which is impressive."
USA Today: 30th
As the Rockies and Diamondbacks surge, finally getting the respect they have earned so far this season, San Diego is hovering around the bottom three slots. USA Today has never had the most descriptive explanations for the reasoning behind their rankings, but as they attempt to point out, Jered Weaver certainly isn’t doing the Padres any favors.
"If this is it for Jered Weaver, he’d go out with a 150-98 career record."
Bleacher Report: 30th
Bleacher Report does at least recognize the strength of the NL West, as the Dodgers, Rockies, and Diamondbacks each fall in the top seven. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the Padres at all this week.
Next: San Diego Padres: Week #7 recap
Can the Padres work their way out of the bottom three spots of these power rankings lists? Stay tuned for next week’s update.