Maybe those dreams of the San Diego Padres staying in the race for a wild-card berth were a bit premature. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this season.
The San Diego Padres aren’t going to compete for a postseason spot this year. But there’s no reason that we can’t enjoy what we have here, which is an exciting, young team that puts forth the effort every day. What more could we ask for at this point in the Friars’ rebuild?
A winning season would be great, but that’s probably not in the cards this season. But the way this team has been playing signifies that the players are buying into the plan that Andy Green and AJ Preller have put in place. Try hard now and you can be a part of it later. Simple enough, no?
While the roster may look completely different in a month’s time, the Padres are no doubt setting themselves up for success with their spirited play as of late. Whether the team is in a game or getting blown out, rarely do we see any at-bats being taken off or players losing focus.
Keep in mind, this is a team that has been ravaged by injuries, many of them taking down vital cogs. Wil Myers, Dinelson Lamet, Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Joey Lucchesi, Franchy Cordero, and others have all spent time on the disabled list this season.
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Padres have stayed resilient
The Friars could have mailed it in after two-fifths of their starting rotation were off of the active roster by the time games started counting. But they didn’t.
Instead, they played their rear ends off and stayed relevant. Heck, they won five series in a row and were within arm’s reach of making a real run at NL West prominence.
Alas, we woke up from that dream abruptly, but that’s baseball. Teams will go on tears and teams will slump. It’s a very long season.
There’s no reason to think another hot stretch or two won’t reveal themselves before the year comes to an end. There’s simply too much talent here now and too much coming down the turnpike to not get excited about the future.
If that anticipation is flowing through our veins, just imagine what the vibe is inside the locker room. Green and his staff have this writer’s full and complete confidence that they can get the job done. They’ve done too much this season with a decimated cast not to prove otherwise.