At first glance, letting go of Heath Bell was almost as demoralizing as saying goodbye to No. 51. Almost. But that is a thing of the past.
No. 16 has remained the one constant on this inconsistent squad.
It was a blessing in disguise when the Pads traded within the division to nab a fading Street. His career looked as if it was about to plunge off the deep end.
Now, Street and his seductive slide piece have safely fastened themselves into the pitcher’s haven of PETCO Park.
Street is putting together a career year and mowing down hitters with authority.
Accountable? His numbers speak for themselves.
Street has put in the work and rendered himself 19 complete saves while surrendering just 11 base knocks. He has also remained blemish-free, posting a 2-0 record with a staggering 0.79 ERA.
In addition to his impressive statistics, he has entered himself into a new plateau by lifting his scoreless innings streak to a frightening 19.1.
Street has undeniably proven his worth this season, and earned every zero on his newly constructed contract.
For the Padres to return to playoff form, they needed to lock proven talent. He was a vital addition to the 2012 season that needed to be a part of the organization’s future.
As the 2013 campaign begins to emerge into the equation, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly matriculating toward a complete picture. I can assure you, the newly formulated offense brewing in downtown San Diego won’t be the only talking point next season.
Street is for real. The Padres can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing Street is locked up until 2015.