I haven't written in awhile, and this will also be a short post. My running diary of the season is a short post to say we've lost 3-1, and 7-2 in the first two games against a Washington Nationals team that looks like it could be VERY good, facing two of the best young pitchers in the game in Gio Gonzales and Jordan Zimmerman. Yes, our hitters were shut down, and looked downright craptacular yet again, and our defense is terrible. Our worst offenders seem to be Jason Bartlett and Will Venable. At least Venable is partially redeeming himself at the plate. Bartlett, has been nothing short of useless this year. At least Hudson is on a hitting streak, going 9 for his last 29 and homering today, while playing solid defense. Bartlett has committed several errors, and has done nothing at the plate as of late. He needs to get it together, or get going. Our bullpen had been pretty decent this year, holding the NL's lowest ERA. However, they gave up 5 Runs today, taking us completely out of the game. Joe Wieland had another solid start, going 6, allowing 2 Runs with 4 Ks and 3BBs (one of them Intentional) I hear there were some long fly balls, so Petco may have saved him a bit. Still want to move those fences in?
Bud Black came out today in favor of bringing in the fences, saying it eats at the players. I'm not sure the fences are the answer to better offense. In fact, I'm pretty certain that even if or after the fences come in, the offense will be just as bad, or possibly worse, as it will supress doubles and triples while adding just a marginal amount of homeruns. The biggest problem is the environment- Or so I've seen a few "experts" say. We shall see. With the talk about it, I would probably be surprised if they AREN'T moved before 2013.
Speaking of Changes, I've had a key one on the personal front. Starting Monday (officialy), I will be the Recreation Program Coordinator for Youth Instructional programs with the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation division. It comes with a significant pay increase, and will give me a great chance to expand horizons, and actually get to be home most evenings, and start SEEING some Padres games. It's been exciting for me and has been a anchored buoy in a storm of negativity. The Padres season looks like it could be long and will certainly test the faith. That will make the wins that much sweeter, and I'm not giving up that they can turn this around and approach respectability.