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The San Diego Padres are the second-worst team in all of the MLB as they sport a 16-29 record and they occupy the cellar in the NL West. Even though they are struggling to stay afloat this season, they still feature one of the most dominant relievers in the game right now.
Houston Street, who used to pitch with the Athletics when he first made his debut in the majors, and then was traded to the playoff-bound Colorado Rockies in 2009, is putting together his best season of his career.
Street has yet to pick up a decision, but over his 10 outings, he has tossed 9.2 innings, allowed just one earned run on three base hits, including two walks and 13 strikeouts. Not to mention, he is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season.
He debuted for the Athletics in 2005 and posted impressive numbers as he was named the Rookie of the Year in the American League; he went 5-1 and pitched to a 1.72 ERA and he picked up 23 of 27 save chances as a rookie.
Throughout his time in Oakland, he never finished a season with an ERA higher than 3.73, and that happened in his last season with the team in ’08 before being shipped to the mile high city.
In three seasons with the Rockies, he compiled a 9-9 record with a 3.50 ERA after he tossed 167.1 innings of work and he allowed 65 earned runs on 144 base hits. His ERA with the A’s in four seasons sat at 2.88, so the cool air in Colorado might have played a role in his higher ERA in Colorado.
The Padres are struggling and will not be making a run at the division this season unless they quickly turn their season around. I think Street would be a great trade commodity come July and he would definitely be worth a big-time slugger or an experienced starting pitcher.