You can set your watch to it: If the Padres play the Cardinals, it's a St Louis sweep, time and time again. Once more, the superior organization prevails, and it's getting damned frustrating from the San Diego side.
I consider the Cards to be the team to beat, year in and year out, and the Pads have not even come close to taking a series, in as long as I can remember. The Padres always play them tough, just not tough enough.
Watching Heath Bell blow the game yesterday was excruciating; they had them. This season reminds me of the 1-15 Chargers season in 2000, as in agonizing defeat after defeat. Just add some more grey hair to my head, lads...
In order for the Pads to become the team they want to be, finding a way to beat these guys is essential, as the road to the World Series always goes through St. Louis.
I am trying to maintain my interest in this season; there has to be some redeeming value to the last six weeks of 2009, but right now it's like getting a root canal without Novocain. The Padres have beaten all San Diego fans down to a nub this season, and kudos to all of us who still care.
But, what the heck? It's Friday Friarworks this week.
Winning? That's for the other guy. Just watch the sky afterward.
The Padres get another crack at the Cardinals at home this week; get out your Padre prayer beads and start those hosannas...