The San Diego Padres took their fifth straight loss from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, but outfielder Wil Myers says the team is “still fine.”
The San Diego Padres extended their losing streak Thursday, but Wil Myers remains confident in his team’s abilities despite their terrible month so far.
After the Padres dropped their fifth game in a row to the Colorado Rockies, Myers wasn’t overly concerned. “We’re still fine,” he said, according to MLB.com. “We’ve come out of this a few times already this year.”
But perhaps they shouldn’t be in this position in the first place. The team has now lost three of six games on their crucial road trip against their National League West rivals, and will need to take all the remaining ones if they want to finish the stint with a winning record.
This time, it was both starting and relief pitching that let them down.
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Matt Strahm was rusty in his first start since coming off the Injured List. He lasted only 3.1 innings, and in that span he surrendered seven runs on six hits (two of them home runs) and walked four.
The right-hander has now lost three of his last four starts, dating back to May 15. In those four starts, Strahm has also given up six home runs and has hit three batters.
The Padres offense was able to click on Thursday, with two home runs by Manny Machado, three doubles, and a triple by Fernando Tatis Jr. However, they were still just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Even so, they were able to tie the ballgame until reliever Gerardo Reyes (one of the players the Padres received in the trade that brought Myers to San Diego) came in and surrendered three more runs, including another home run, and a walk. Those three runs would be the difference in the game, as Colorado won 9-6.
It seems that the fundamental problem for the San Diego Padres is consistency. On nights like Thursday when the offense is firing, the pitching is suspect—or on nights when a starter has a strong outing, either the offense doesn’t work or a relief pitcher stumbles. The team appears to have problems getting more than one aspect of their roster to work at the same time, and they are paying the price in the standings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks also won on Thursday, meaning that San Diego lost ground in the division with this latest defeat. They’re now 13 games back, which also doesn’t bode well as they try to chase a highly competitive wild card berth, let alone a possible division title.
They’ll attempt to break their skid Friday when they take on Colorado again. The Padres will be at Coors Field for three more games before ending their current road trip.
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