The Padres Mid-June struggles have become hard to ignore following the previous month in which they went 18-9 but now find themselves seated comfortably in third place in the NL West Division. The Friars are currently 3-7 in their last ten games played, have no series wins, and sit six and a half games out of first place, which they have yet to encounter this season.
Padres Mid-June Struggles: What’s Going Wrong?
Well…where do I begin? The promise that this team had coming into June was exponentially high yet they have failed to find their sweet spot and continue their dominance in this league. It’s not necessarily something to freak-out over as there is still plenty of time left in the month to grab more wins but with the middle of the season sneaking up on the Padres, they need to get it together fast. After riding a four game losing streak to start the month, they were finally able to get back in the W column as they grabbed two straight wins to begin their series against the New York Mets back on June 3rd.
Even with this little win streak sparking some excitement for the players and fans alike, it would unfortunately be brought to a stop when New York’s ace took the bump. The third game of the series saw the Friars get fanned 11 times by Jacob DeGrom (Machado accounted for three of them) and then seven more times the following day when Marcus Stroman stepped on the mound. With 18 strikeouts across two games, I’m not sure how the Padres, let alone any ball club, can be expected to produce wins and climb higher in their respective division.
To go along with the increase in team strikeouts, the Padres have also been dealing with more frustrating outings from their starting pitchers. Joe Musgrove and Chris Paddack gave up three runs each in their appearances versus New York and when the Cubs came to visit Petco Park, it was only downhill from there. Although Dinelson Lamet has been dealing with a slew of injuries so far this season, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he allowed four earned runs against Chicago which was followed up by a lackluster performance from Yu Dravish.
Both outings resulted in loses and the Padres went on to lose the series two games to one thus plummeting themselves farther down the pecking order. Now picture this: the Padres go on to play the Mets again in New York and drop their second consecutive series in June. The irony? You don’t have to picture this because that’s exactly what happened to the Friars. They were unable to wake their bats from a deep slumber and succumbed to another tough team from the NL East Divison.
The only word I have to describe their performance against New York and Chicago is disappointing. The good news for the Padres is that they were about to take on a weak Colorado Rockies squad who currently sit 15.5 games out of first place in the NL West Division. What should have been an easy sweep for San Diego turned out to be anything but that as they relinquished three straight losses and the entire series to Colorado.
Hope Is on the Horizon
With a win/loss record of 4-11 halfway through the month, there is still enough time for the Padres to turn their luck around and finish June in the green. The only barricade standing in their way is the Los Angeles Dodgers who are visiting Petco Park from June 21-23rd in a rivalry matchup. This third matchup between the two teams will be the deciding factor as to whom will hold the season series advantage over the other.
The Padres Mid-June struggles could potentially fade as the SoCal summer heats up and the All-Star breaks draws near, something all teams need to rest their players. Have faith Friar fans, this team isn’t done dominating the 2021 MLB season just yet!
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