The Padres swept the Astros in a convincing manner this weekend, and one fan, in particular, made sure to send them off in the proper fashion.
I guess Padres fans are feeling good after the sweep of the Astros this weekend. The 2017 World Series Champions were busted this offseason for the use of electronics and sign stealing but were allowed to keep their rings. The Friars have an influx of young talent on this roster, and after a disappointing ending to the 2019 campaign, it was important to take the next step in the team’s chase for a title of their own.
So not long after Sunday’s finale with Houston, which saw the Padres climb their way out of a 3-0 deficit to take the lead on a Manny Machado blast in the eighth inning, there was a particular fan who waited to see the Astros off as their buses departed Petco Park.
That’s pretty funny, I will admit. It would have been funnier had he banged the trash cans with the broom. The Padres are 18-12 at the halfway point, and we have every reason to celebrate. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
This team was at a .500 record at the midway point last year and then fell flat on their face. Of course, losing an MVP-caliber player like Fernando Tatis Jr. certainly didn’t help matters, but Machado also had a terrible August and September.
It will be critical for the Padres to take at least two-of-three against a bad Mariners after a much-deserved off-day on Monday.
After a big series such as this weekend’s, getting up to play a team of lesser quality can often be a trap. Beyond that, they’ll play nine consecutive games on the road, including four in Colorado, where they lost 2-of-3 at the end of July.