Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Weird One

Padres lost the first game of the playoffs as I'm sure you are quite aware of.

Bad things:
1. Peavy's rib injury
2. Grand Slam to Sanders making it 8-0
3. Klesko in left field not catching that ball
4. Sweeney at first not catching that ball
5. 12 men left on base
6. Unlucky, Edmunds dump into left for a double, Loretta's NICE AB only to line sharply to a shifting third basemen for a DP
7. Three DPs that I saw
8. Hernandez completely and utterly clueless with bases stacked in the ninth-total deer in the headlights. I could have swung at three balls like that and I'd only take half his salary.
8. Affirmation of the national media's opinion that the Padres and their 82-80 record don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

But as Monty Python sings...always look on the bright side of life (whistle....whistle...whistle). Sing with me now...

Good things:
1. We scored five runs against the Cardinals
2. Klesko was 2-4 with a coupla walks in the number 2 hole
3. Bullpen closed down the Cardinals once Jake left
4. Battled back despite being down 8-0 at early
5. Padres always rebound after bad looses
6. Peavy's season ending injury while foreboding for subsequent series, doesn't change things in the immediate future of the next two games.

OK, few more bad things then good yesterday, but I believe the Padres take away from the game the fact that they battled back. And typically, the Padres play better after tough loses. Remember, just when you want to write them off as a mediocre double A farm club after September call ups, they play better and win and you fall in love all over again.

So I'm looking forward to Thursday and Pedro. Go Padres!

Padre Mike

Notes:
1. Jake should not have pitched with a broken rib. There is a fine line with being tough and being truly injured.
2. Jake most have a fragile body. Remember him being sick for two weeks and now broken ribs. Interesting to see how long he can last. Arm seems good though.
3. I'd vote the Hernandez ninth inning blowout AB with bases juiced the worst AB by any Padre this year, and of course, at the worst possible moment too.
4. Way to many LOBs. I realized this team can get guys on, we just have no clutch hitting. Be interesting to research clutch hitting. More on this later.
5. Fun hanging with the ducksnorts IGD crowd. Gameday, while good for regular season games, doesn't cut during the playoffs. Cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze.

2 Comments:

At October 05, 2005 1:15 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Nice take, Mike. Always glad to see you over at the IGDs. Let's split this thing and bring it back to SD.

 
At October 06, 2005 9:34 AM, Blogger Manny said...

Gotta get back in it today. It's the only way we would have a chance at actually gaining momentum...instead of losing even more than we already have.

GO PADRES!

 

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