There’s no questioning that the 2019 Padres have the right heart and attitude to compete this year.
Friday night showed us exactly why.
The boys were down 11-4 going into the 8th inning. There are dozens of articles out there talking about what happened next. The young team In the midst of a terrible self inflicted losing streak suddenly stormed back to win in dramatic fashion.
The game had all the ups and downs we’ve experienced this season. Miguel Diaz and Matt Wisler pitched the 6th and 7th. They gave up 8 hits and 7 ER in those 2 innings. It looked like another Padre bullpen collapse after Cal Quantrill capably kept them in the game through 5 innings.
Over the next 4 innings Perdomo, Wingenter and Stammen were lights out and paved the way for the come back.
The 16 runs are the 2nd most by the team this year. The 21 hits is the most they’ve had all year. Josh Naylor was the only position player not to have at least 2 hits. They were simply dialed in and nothing could get in their way. It’s obvious why Preller and the rest of the Padres brass feel there’s a realistic path to a playoff berth this year.
So, what the heck should we expect from this team?
They’re 3-9 in June and firmly in the wild card conversation, yet we seem to talk about a leaky bullpen and lack of clutch hitting constantly. After 90% of the fan base turned the game off, they embark on the largest 9th inning comeback in team history.
So what’s the answer to my question? What should we expect from this group of hot talent lava?
More of the same. There’s going to be 5 game losing streaks and 10 game winning streaks. Get ready for a hell of a ride Padre fans, this team is going to be a roller coaster all year. When mid September comes and they’re playing for a wild card berth, remember how fun (and agonizing) the journey was.