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Bad News, Good News

The bad news is we've been outscored since the All-Star break 53 to 29. We've lost two out of three series and Jake Peavy can't seem to find his spots since the All-Star Break. Meanwhile the Dodgers continue to make the most of their runs and have won 6 of 10 while outscoring opponents overall by 1 run.

The good news is, we've been lucky so far. With the way we've played, our run differential would suggest that we should've only won 2 games as opposed to 4. That's weird good news, I know.

But those are really small samples, so do what you will with them.

So what do we do? Here's my foolproof action plan...

Step 1: Don't do anything. Our next 6 games are against the Rockies and the Astros... Literally, two of the most hitter friendly parks in the galaxy. We're away, so there's no opportunity for Padres to be staying up late partying and drinking mojitos with pretty girls that aren't their wives. This is a perfect test to see exactly what we're working with. The trade deadline is in 8 days. Time to showcase and figure out what needs improvement.

Step 2: Make a move wherein we send Scott Linebrink out for Mark Loretta or Robinson Cano. I wonder if Bud Black is letting these pitchers go long because he knows that his bench sucks. We need to get a guy who can effectively replace Marcus or Khalil in the middle of the infield. I'm not saying that we replace those guys completely. I'm saying that we need to give Black more options. And somebody needs to tell Bud Black that it's OK to use those options.

Step 3: Stop partying.

Step 4: Keep starting Blum at second. Who's been our best hitter in July? It's Geoff Blum. The way I see it, if we need to make some moves, who do we give up? The quick answer is Marcus. He's terrible. Let Geoff Blum start second, 2 out of 3 games and if Marcus can't prove himself in that occasional third game, then he becomes our bench player and we let Geoff Blum kick ass how he wants or until the wheels fall off.

Step 5: Panic all you want, but don't get mad at me cause I haven't pushed the button. It was a tough weekend, but heck, the Tigers lost 2 out of 3 to the Royals, and the Royals took 2 of three from the Red Sox just before that. Nobody's jumping out of trees in Detroit or Boston. Milwaukee just lost 2 of 3 to the Giants. Those are three of the best teams in baseball (four counting the Padres) taking tough series losses to "weak" opponents.

So go ahead and panic. I'm not stopping you. I agree. This team needs some tweaking, but I still go into each game pretty confident that we're better than the team we're playing against. Nobody wins them all.