Where do the San Diego Padres stand according to power rankings as the season is nine weeks in? We take a look at all of the major lists.
The San Diego Padres looked like a completely different baseball team this week, a week which featured a five game winning streak including victories over two division front runners and a sweep of the defending World Series champions.
The newfound success is mostly a credit to a revived pitching staff which surrendered a total of fie runs in a three game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Still, naturally due to San Diego’s 23-35 record, their rankings this week still won’t look pretty. Regardless, the club is moving in the right direction, which is all fans can realistically ask for at this point.
USA Today isn’t yet sold on the Padres, and speaks of the root of their inconsistency when explaining their reasoning.
"Nearly 50% of thier runs come via the home run."
Slowly but surely, the Padres are moving up the rankings. Well, getting out of dead last is a start. Hopefully the club won’t need a five game winning streak every week to continue their rise through ESPN’s power rankings.
"Last week’s five-game winning streak was the product of a pitching staff that’s getting stronger, as the Padres have gone nine games between blowout losses (being outscored by five runs or more) while posting a 3.19 ERA and a record of 7-2. That kind of pitching keeps games in reach for the power quartet of Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers, Austin Hedges and Ryan Schimpf. Now, can they sustain it, or was sweeping the Cubs in Petco the highlight of their season?"
The Padres moved up four spots in these rankings, another impressive leap. The rankings have been known to be swayed more easily by extremely strong or weak performances during a week, evident once again based on them dropping the Giants eight slots this week. Still, San Diego making it up in front of five other squads is commendable. Entering June, it sure didn’t seem possible.
San Diego just missed the cut to get a little write up done of their week, which is really very unfortunate. Still, based on the ranking and the likes of the teams in the same ballpark, we can deduce that Sports Illustrated still isn’t too high on the team despite their strong showing this past week.
Can the Padres continue to get some momentum going this week and begin to get themselves noticed by power rankers? Tune in to next week’s update to find out.