The Padres have one one series in Colorado every year since 2003. Did they pick a good time to get their series win for 2010, or what? With the buzzards circling, and Colorado seemingly on the same path they took to the World Series in 2007, virtually no one expected the Padres to put up much resistance this week.
Someone forgot to tell the 25+ guys in the visitors dugout they'd been buried for 2010, and ought to work on their tee time schedule.
The much bally-hood inability to score 5 runs in a game, at least since August 26? San Diego has scored 6 and 7 runs in the two games of this series. Put that little streak to bed. There's nothing like playing in Coors Field to cure whatever offensive ills one has.
The problems San Diego starters not named Richard and Latos seemed to have? Mostly put away. Yes, Cory Luebke and Jon Garland each had one bad inning in their starts, but by and large the starting pitching has been solid. The bullpen has returned to its former lights out form (Heath Bell's adventure in the ninth inning last night notwithstanding).
Suddenly the Padres find themselves with a 1.5 game lead on San Francicso, and 3.5 on Colorado. A little breathing room never felt so good. A sweep of this series is too much to ask, but the Padres will go for that behind Clayton Richard today.
Two other notes of interest regarding this blog:
1. There will not be a Podcast this week because,
2. I will be in St Louis for the Thursday game with the Cardinals. It is Social Media night at Busch, and in my other capacity as a Cardinal blogger I'm going. There is a panel discussion scheduled, including some of the local press writers covering the team. I will not be on the panel, which is probably good.
As a result, there won't be much (if any) content on this here blog before the weekend ends. However, come Monday I should have a summary post up on the weeks activities somewhere.