I’ve tried my best to stay positive on this blog over the course of the season. Some may call me a homer or a cool-aid drinker, I suppose that may be accurate. But like I said in my last post, life just isn’t fun when you’re complaining. Even if what’s going on sucks ass, complaining doesn’t help matters.
The world may love an asshole, but it hates a whiner.
That said, here’s the part where I do the exact opposite. There’s no question to me, and most other fans I’ve spoken with, this season has been a disappointment. The front office, (at least publically), and analysts like Geoff Young, expected more from the team. Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projection system was pessimistic about the team, perhaps that goes to show what we deserve for betting against science.
Avoiding those facts and sticking with my own preconceived notions, I expected continued development of the Padres’ core. Think the progression we did see out of Adrian Gonzalez, only that kind of step up from Khalil, Josh Bard (thanks to playing time), Kevin Kouzmanoff, Paul McAnulty, and Justin Germano.
You know what though, injuries have to be brought up when talking about disappointments. Jake Peavy and Chris Young’s problems contributed to the team’s 89 ERA+ dip, a five year low.
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