Something impressive the San Diego Padres have shown this week is that they’re capable of winning in a variety of ways, which is huge come postseason time.
One of the biggest obstacles to winning in the postseason is finding different ways to win a ball game. The San Diego Padres in the last two games along have proven they’re capable of adjusting to the circumstances.
The Padres are showing they aren’t a one-dimensional team that either has to win with the bats or with the arm. They’re showing they can be a dangerous team in the postseason because they can win with either.
And it’s not just these past two games in Colorado, it’s something they’ve been doing all year. But since it happened in back-to-back games, I wanted to focus in on those.
On Monday the Padres ran into a pitcher in Kyle Freeland that was having a good night and was able to silent the bats over six innings, holding them scoreless.
But no problem, because that just raised the game of Dinelson Lamet who was even more dominant over 7.2 innings and kept a potent Rockies lineup off the scoreboard allowing his team to scratch across a run late for a 1-0 win.
On Tuesday Mike Clevinger gave up a three-run home run in the top of the first to put the Padres behind.
And what does the offense do? They immediately pick up their starter and score 5 runs in the bottom of the first and then go on to pile up the runs in a 14-5 win.
Some nights your offense isn’t going to be firing on all cylinders and it will be the pitching that needs to carry them. And other nights it will be the offense that has to carry the load for a struggling starter.
The Padres have proven all year, but specifically in these past two games, they’re capable of doing just that.
And that is why I believe they are such a dangerous team in the postseason. Because when one thing isn’t working, then they’ll find another to get the win.