The law of averages will eventually work for the San Diego Padres. They will get their much-needed first win of 2018 season soon. Hopefully, it comes against the hard-hitting Rockies today with Tyson Ross on the mound.
The San Diego Padres are off to a 0-4 start. Only Eric Hosmer‘s former team, the Kansas City Royals, are yet to register a win (0-3). To be honest, the Padres haven’t looked dismal nor have they been outplayed completely by either the Brewers or the Rockies.
They deserved to win at least a couple of games against the Brewers. Chase Headley stranded a golden opportunity in the first game of the season with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh.
Brad Hand blew a save with a three-run cushion in the second game and were right in the thick of it until the eighth inning of the series finale against Milwaukee.
However, it’s a 162-game season and the Friars will snatch victory from the jaws of defeat eventually. They will have to continue to play well and keep scoring runs. The pitchers will eventually start to show up.
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What will the Padres have to do to register their first win?
Barring Clayton Richard, none of the other starting pitchers have gone on to pitch more than five innings. Joey Lucchesi pitched 4.2 innings, Luis Perdomo lasted for four innings and Bryan Mitchell was off after five innings.
This will have to change moving forward. The San Diego Padres must make use of their above-average bullpen.
All of these starters (Clayton Richard excluded) have conceded a run in the first inning. It’s never good to be playing catch-up baseball.
Also, conceding a run in the first inning dents the confidence of a pitcher. These Friars’ hurlers will have to figure out ways to ease their nerves before taking the mound.
Spangy is on fire for the Padres
Cory Spangenberg has been hot on the plate, hitting two home runs in his first seven at-bats of the season. Cory is a must-start these days.
Chase Headley, on the other hand, is off to a dismal start and his confidence must be at rock-bottom. Hopefully, Headley will snap out of his funk given opportunities he may get after starting out 0-for-9, with a .100 OBP.
This is not a bad baseball team. The Friars have a lot of pieces in place to compete. Let’s hope Tyson Ross shows up with a rejuvenated vigor today and earns his (and this team’s) first win. Let’s go, Padres!