The Padres are on a roll again after biting the big one, after starting being on a roll. Now I don’t know how to feel.
When the team went on their 9-3 charge, Ray asked for my opinion on the situation. I thought about it, and how I expected around 75 wins at the beginning of the year. Then I pulled up the Padres 2008 baseball-reference page.
At one point last season, starting with the last game of a series against Chicago, moving through a sweep of New York, and finishing with games against LA and at Cleveland, our team from our town took 8 wins to only 2 defeats.
Of course we all know I’m cherry picking dates, but the point is that even a bad team can have stretches that make you think twice about what you thought you knew. And just because that stretch happens at one particular point in the year, say the beginning of the season; does not make that run any more meaningful in terms of projections.
The “it’s a long season” cliche gets beat up a lot, mostly because it’s seen as an excuse losers make to justify their perceived wussyness to do anything gratifying and irrational. Yes, poor performances need to be held accountable. But baseball is a game with more random noise than people like to believe, so make to pull back when you find yourself caught up in ups and downs.