Through three series, the Padres are off to a rough start. The team has had two- and four-game losing streaks, and has yet to win back-to-back games. They’ve scored more than two runs twice, and more than three runs only once.
True to how the team typically starts the season, they are pairing terrible injury luck with underwhelming performances and making a lot of season ticketholders nervous in the process. But there’s certainly reason to be optimistic, according to Geoff Young from Padres Public.
Small sample sizes aside, FiveThirtyEight has figured out a pretty neat formula that spells doom for the future for the friars this year. Take what you want from that post, but one thing is assured: The team isn’t going to the postseason this year unless they can find a way to get Carlos Quentin healthy and arrest whoever is masquerading as Chase Headley.
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Trevor Hoffman Gets a Dubious Honor
Winning an award for being the best relief pitcher in baseball used to be a bit of a joke: The award was called the Rolaids Relief Man Award. Rolaids, which relieves intestinal discomfort, got that sponsorship early and signed on for a long time. There was also another, similar award in the last few seasons for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year.
This season, MLB is starting a new tradition with a little less sponsorship: separate awards for the NL and AL, named after legendary closers Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera. Winners will be chosen by a group of legendary MLB relief pitchers who are now retired, instead of by a statistical formula. Rick Romero, who loves the Padres more than most people love sunlight and oxygen, is surprisingly against the award being named for Hoffman.
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@Eric Spoerner Well, I mean, Gyorko and Alonso and Cabrera and Venable and Grandal could all also play huge parts, but Quentin is the highest paid player for a reason. He's the most talented and most important player on the roster. It's hard to win when your most talented and most important guy isn't on the field.