The San Diego Padres’ front office and Andy Green have been making all the right moves this spring. He and A.J.Preller seem to be following the recipe for building a winning team.
The 2018 season beckons. In under sixty hours, Clayton Richard will be on the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers. As per Fangraphs projections, the San Diego Padres are expected to finish with a losing record of 71-91. But this statistic will not be of concern to anyone. The Friars’ faithful wants this team to contend for the World Series eventually and this will happen.; very, very soon.
Winning is all about putting together a process, believing in the process, and hoping the process would yield results in the longer run. This way, the team will compete every single year and that success will not be limited to only a year or two.
A classic example of this model is the Houston Astros. The Astros were a 70-92 team in 2014. This very same Astros team went on to win 100-plus games and the World Series in 2017.
The Padres are following the same model, the model of investing in the future and not being concerned about immediate results.
Andy Green is making the right moves
In the 14 and odd innings that Chris Young pitched, he yielded an ERA of 7.53 with a WHIP of 1.47 striking out 15. Young was expected to play the role of a long relief pitcher and was slated to make the roster.
Releasing Chris Young means the Padres will go in with younger untested arms. Green is yet to make an announcement on who will replace Lamet. Robbie Erlin and Tyson Ross start as strong favorites to win the starting job.
Whatever be the outcome, the youngsters will carry home the experience of pitching in Major League Baseball and this experience will come in handy when the Padres will look to compete in playoffs in the next year or two.
Well played Andy Green!