There is an old saying that goes "when it rains, it pours."
I prefer a new saying along the lines of "when it rains, it floods." As in the flood of injuries that have just hit the San Diego Padres.
Let us go back to the beginning of the season. There was great hope, the potential for a 90 win season and the possibility of having one of the greatest rotations ever assembled.
Fast forward 47 games, a little over a quarter of the season. What do we see?
Frustration, the potential for a 100-loss season, and the top two starters possibly seeing DL time in conjunction.
The most frustrating thing about this team is that there is no one to blame. This is pretty much the same core of players who won two division titles and came within a correct call of a wild card berth.
The front office is the same. While there has been a change in manager, Buddy Black seems to be the right man for the job, especially since this team had a good year during his first at the helm.
So what is wrong?
Unfortunately, I don't believe there is anyone who can accurately answer that question.
The offense is anemic at best. Thank God for Adrian Gonzalez. If it weren't for him this team might never score.
The bullpen is atrocious. Atrocious is an understatement. My eight year old brother could amass the same ERA and be payed in sugary candy.
It's not going to get any better either. Jake Peavy, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, is on the DL.
Chris Young, the de facto ace with Peavy gone, decided to make a great defensive stop on a comebacker with his face. It is very reminiscent of the days when Ben Roethlisberger would go around headbutting Chryslers.
Josh Bard, while nothing spectacular with his .200 BA, is potentially gone for a week or so. He many not be the best lineup option, but there is something to be said for maintaining some sense of normalcy in your battery.
Side point: Is anyone else thinking Albert Pujols should be charged with assault on a battery? Taking out both the pitcher and catcher in a single inning? Maybe we should send Pujols to Iraq. It looks like he can get the job done.
At this point, all San Diegans can do, is look forward to off days. Hey, at least the Padres can't lose then, right?