The San Diego Padres had a chance to get back in the National League West playoffs race as they began the second half of the season against the team they need to catch, the San Francisco Giants. In my article last week I said if they had any chance of getting back in the race they would need to sweep the Giants, or at least win the four game series. The San Diego Padres not only did not sweep the Giants, they lost three of the four games and now find themselves 14 games behind the first place Giants.
San Diego lost the final game of the series 4-3 in 11 innings. The game was tied at three going into the top of the 11th inning when San Francisco eventually scored a run to win the game. The winning run was scored on a play you rarely see as San Diego found another way to lose. Emmanuel Burris scored the winning run when Chris Stewart put down a suicide squeeze and probably ended any chance of San Diego being a serious threat for a playoff run. San Diego actually had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the 11th inning. San Diego catcher Kyle Phillips bunt attempt was not a good one and led to a double play which ended the Padres threat and sent the Petco Park fans home unhappy again. The Padres home record is a dismal 20-30.
The Padres season is virtually over, so what should they do for the rest of the year? In this writer’s opinion they should probably see what other teams will give them for Ryan Ludwick & Heath Bell. They should not give them away either, make sure they get some good prospects and some players that can help them immediately. The second thing they need to do is bring up some prospects from the minors to give them some valuable experience and find out what talent they have. The third thing they need to do is decide if Bud Black is the man to lead them back to the promise land again, the jury is out on that one.
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Written by Kevin Kelly