Padres following up Dodgers series win with stinker vs Rockies is unacceptable

Losing a series to the Rockies after what the Padres did to the Dodgers seems impossible, but here we are.
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Coming out of the weekend, the San Diego Padres were riding high. They had just taken a series off of the Dodgers after Shohei Ohtani had talked smack about their fans and it looked like the Padres could really make a run in 2024 against all odds.

Unfortunately, the woefully bad but somehow hot Rockies came to town. Normally a series that could be considered a nice break from facing real baseball teams during the season, Colorado has instead improbably taken the first two games of the series and blunted any momentum that Padres hoped to have coming off a huge series win over LA.

Dodgers' series hangover has doomed Padres against Colorado

There hasn't been one single cause for San Diego's struggles against the Rockies the last couple of games. Padres starter Randy Vasquez wasn't good in the first game and the top of the lineup didn't do anything. In the second game, Dylan Cease was just fine, but San Diego's middle relief got beat up and the offense just couldn't push enough runs across the plate despite having multiple prime scoring opportunities.

Padres manager Mike Shildt may be trying to sell that the Padres have showed fight in this series, but this is a series San Diego should have won handily. Yes, Colorado is playing well at the moment, but they are still one of the worst rosters built by arguably the worst run organization in all of baseball. Shildt's attempts to polish this turd of a situation should be taken with a huge grain of salt as this series has been a failure, and a sweep would be down right embarrassing.

The easiest explanation for what Padres are seeing may actually be the correct one. San Diego was in a hard fought series over the weekend and we may be seeing a bit of a short-term crash from that. It is also probably true that the Padres might have underestimated Colorado, which certainly seems to have been the case.

Whatever the reason or cause, the Padres need to snap out of this funk they are in, and soon. They have Michael King starting the final game of the series Wednesday afternoon, which could result in a wide range of outcomes. However, a win would go a long way towards getting the Padres back on track before they have to face the Braves in Atlanta.

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