The San Diego Padres have mustered only one win in the last nine attempts. They have been up-and-down all year-long. Patience will be the key for the Padres supporters in 2018 and most likely in 2019 too.
The San Diego Padres just can’t seem to put together a string of solid performances. They haven’t been consistent in practically any facet of their game. They lack some of the imperative qualities of a contending team. If the hitters go off, the bullpen falters and if the pitchers perform, the hitters can’t deliver.
The Friars managed to wins 68 times in 2016, 71 times in 2017 and if we go by their recent string of performances, their win count will be around the same. We are almost at the halfway mark and the Padres are in the cellar of NL West standings with a 35-45 record.
The last couple of weeks have also ensured that the San Diego Padres will not be buyers in 2018. This is probably a blessing in disguise as A.J.Preller and company will probably look to part with a few key pieces from the bullpen in exchange for some exciting young prospects.
The recent slump will most likely mean that we will get to see the likes of Fernando Tatis Jr, Cal Quantrill, and Luis Urias before the next season ends. And that’s when the fun will begin for the Padres fans. Agree that these youngsters may not set the stage on fire upon arrival but they will start seeking attention from everyone in the big league most definitely by 2020.
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Comparison with the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros won 76 games in 2010. The number of wins slipped to 56 in 2011 (Jose Altuve debuted). 2012 was disastrous as they notched up only 55 wins, 2013 was no better as they won 51 times.
They gradually started getting better in 2014 as the win-column number hit 70 in 2014 and the Astros truly showed up in 2015 winning 86 games. Given the start to this season, the Astros will most likely be the first team to 100 wins.
The Padres are adopting a similar strategy as the Astros and the results should hopefully start showing up sometime late next year.
For now, though, the San Diego Padres must compete hard and learn from the losses.
When this seed finally does bear fruit, whether that’s next year or the year after that, the losses that are mounting now, in the long run, will make this group stronger for having gone through them.