Padres Deli: Burning Ships; Finish strong, start quickly; Best dervish. mind contribution

good morning,

While in the desert, the Padres family appears to have burned their ships.

“Just leave it all behind,” Jake Cronworth said of what that means to him. “You have one way to go. I can’t go back. You have to do it now.”

The message was written on the whiteboard at the visitors’ club in Chase Field on Friday, a day after the Padres lost one last straw. Words remained on Sunday, as they departed Arizona after winning three games in a row.

Kronworth did not set out to write the advice, but many of his colleagues recognized him as the publisher.

As the story goes, upon his party’s arrival in the New World, Hernán Cortes, the Spaniard who is credited with invading Mexico, ordered the ships they had arrived to burn so that his men knew there was no turning back.

It’s not crazy to think that the Padres on Friday faced a do-or-die moment in their season. They’ve lost four of five, scoring nine runs in the process. Their outperformance of the Brewers in last place in the National League wild card playoffs was less than 1½ games.

After three games, they not only added a game to their lead over Milwaukee, they also won two games over the Phillies and took fifth of six playoffs in the Premier League.

Standings September 19

You can read in the story of my game (over hereHow did the Padres win their third game in a row against the Diamondbacks and how did they feel about that, as well as how Yu Darvish lost his perfect match and what achievement he has come to.

Padres has 15 games left. These include three each against the Cardinals leading the NL Central and NL-West leading Dodgers, and three against the Rockies at Coors Field, where Padres have been 1-6 this season.

But at least now, for the first time in months, there’s more than blind faith to make anyone believe the Padres are an accessory team.

The relentless attack, sharp defense and powerful pitching came in the past three days because they felt they had no other choice.

about time

Better late than never. Maybe better late than early.

“It doesn’t really matter how well you played at the start of the season,” said Brandon Drury. “If you go in while the team is hot, anything can happen. All the previous difficulties and all of that wouldn’t mean anything if we could get the heater here and get into the hot post-season, swing it, swing, play a good defense.”

Padres would definitely love to have already closed on the playoff berth. But there is sufficient precedent to support Drury’s assertion.

Only in the last two full seasons are there prime examples.

The Braves won just 88 games in 2021, but they have won 12 of their last 14 games in the regular season, then through the playoffs on their way to winning the World Championship.

In 2019, the Nationals didn’t secure their berth for the wild cards until six matches remained, and they went on to win their first World Championship.

This is what happens sometimes, even if it baffles the rest of us. (And they have the right to say).

Many of you emailed over the weekend with a valid question. The gist of the messages was that it was so good and amazing that the Padres family seemed to have found their purpose… but what had it taken so long?

These are professionals who practice this sport almost all their lives. Many of them earn seven figures, some have seven zeros in their annual salary. In fact, the Padres have the fifth highest salary in Major League Baseball. They have an experienced manager and training staff.

So why was it necessary for Bob Melvin to call his team privately and publicly on Thursday night and for the team to meet on Friday and reaffirm that every game counts and that it’s time to truly commit?

Mane Machado’s interpretation was, “It’s a long season.”

Yes, these people in their twenties and thirties are human beings. That’s no excuse for what so far has been a disappointing season. It is supposed to explain why there are periods when they are not as good as expected.

anything works

Symbolism sometimes serves a purpose.

The Padres have had nearly every player on the field for the national anthem for the past three days, which is three to four times the usual number for them (and most teams).

The mandate was to end pre-match preparations early and be on the field for the national anthem as part of the commitment to be truly grumpy and ready to go from the start of the game.

“We just try to make it easier to hold ourselves accountable for saving energy every single day,” said Nick Martinez, the bowler. “It’s a long season. It can be tough on the mind. We have to fool ourselves and bring energy in any way we can.”

Catcher Austin Nola said, “We just decided that part of our identity is to bring in energy, and let the other team know we have that. When everyone shows up and we’re all in the dugout, we’re all rooting for each other, I think that’s a big deal.”

Padres scored in the first half in two of the past three games. They are now 26-9 when they score in the first half.

Prior to the past three games, Padres had a running difference in the first half this season. They were the only team with a winning record that didn’t have a positive difference in the first run.

On top of that, they made Madison Baumgarner 20 throws in the first half on Friday, Zach Gallen 29 Saturday and Ryan Nelson 28 yesterday.

“I think we were very active early in the game,” Melvin said. “We’ve had a rough time at the start of the game for a while. And you see these guys here early on now. … I think there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency from the first pitch of the game, and I think that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”

better

81- The BadresStreet Al-Nassr confirms that they will not end with a losing record in 162 games for the first time since 2010.

The 2010 team finished 90-72, and from 2011 until last season, Padres had the second-worst record in the major leagues.

Their only winning season in that span was the 37-23 mark in the Covid-shortened 2020 campaign.

WS: Seasons of Winning;  Play: Playoff appearance.  * Included 60 games seasons 2020.

WS: Seasons of Winning; Play: Playoff appearance.
* Included 60 games seasons 2020.

(Baseball reference; UT Research)

don’t bother

Darvish allowed three hits in 14 no-goals during his previous starts, and arguably his best consecutive starts since allowing eight hits and no runs in 15 rounds between April 6 and April 11, 2014.

Darvish leads the National League with 23 good starts this season and has played at least six games in 21 consecutive games.

If he isn’t allowing nine in 1 and 2/3 runs in his second start of the season, he’ll be in the NL Cy Young discussion.

In his 26 starts since then, Darvish has ranked sixth in the NL in ERA (2.73), first in WHIP (0.86), third in batting average (.199) and is tied for first in base percentage allowed ( .245) .

The 36-year-old Darwish shoots more aggressively and throws more grounds than he did in his first few seasons in the major tournaments. This season he talked about Study video more than in the past.

When asked yesterday if he thought he was putting on a better show than he ever did, Darwish basically said yes and no.

“I think I almost feel like 2020 was a little better,” he said, through translator Shingo Hori, of a campaign in which he had a 2.01 ERA over 12 starts. “But I think a lot about hitting every hitter. So that was taken into account, maybe it’s kind of (with) 2020. … just studying the hitters, getting into the game to see what I need to do against every hitter – maybe that’s it. The big difference.”

I’m still here

Melvin said on the day Padres traded Sean Manya in April that the bowler was the best teammate he had ever seen.

Manea has elaborated at length why Melvin says this with such a lively personality and as the perpetrator of so many. Bonding and noise experiences between players. And he continues to do so, even as his performance has faltered and he has essentially become a part-time player.

Al Mana remains as optimistic as ever at the club and is arguably the most active supporting player in Padres’ bunker during matches.

Yesterday, he said, “I just love to have fun being around the boys.” “…It’s hard sometimes because I want to help out and do well. But when it’s show time, it’s my time to do all of these things. Each time it’s like what I can do to help bring in energy, some positive energy and knowledge Where does that take us?”

I wrote yesterday (over here) about Manaea, who had a career-high 5.18 ERA, was skipped again in the upcoming series rotation against the Cardinals. This article also contains an update on what appears to be a return to normal Juan Soto.

tales

  • Padres (81-66) 15 games over .500 for the first time since September 9 and the fourth time since June 29. They haven’t crossed 16 games of .500 since June 25.
  • Jose Azucar was in yesterday’s lineup against an opposing right-back for the second day in a row, which has only happened nine times prior to that. The rookie doubled in the seventh inning to increase his career hitting streak to five. He’s 8 for 17 over the streak and raises his seasonal hit streak to .278/.324/.367.
  • Jurickson Profar is 8 for 44 since Sept. 5. Three of the hits, including one song yesterday, came against Nelson.
  • Robert Suarez played the seventh game without goals yesterday. He has allowed running in only one of his past 14 appearances and two of his past 21 matches.
  • Yesterday it was 19The tenth Right now this season, Padres’ pitchers have thrown at least six games without goals, more than in any other season since 2010. Padres’ players played 26 such games that year. The Padres have had 11 such games since their debut in 2021, 10 in 2019 and six in 2018. (Darvish has had seven goalless starts in at least six rounds this season).
  • Yesterday was the seventh time that Kronworth drove on tour in a match he was unsuccessful in. He had one fly of Padres carcasses. Kronworth ranks second on the team in RBIs with a score of 75 (behind Machado’s 17). Cronenworth has a 4.0 WAR and .727 OPS. This is the lowest OPS level for any player in majors with a war of at least 4.0.
  • Chase Field is huge in certain parts, and the Padres hit some balls to those parts yesterday. Machado hits a ball over the wall in left field (at an expected 394 feet), and Soto hits a ball to the benches outside right field (at an expected 391 feet). Will Myers and Jorgeson Brovar made a mistake in shooting the balls into the middle of the field. Myers’ 417-foot blast would have been a home run in 26 of the 29 other pitches, and Provar’s 415-foot shot would have been 24 more.
  • Machado hits the missiles. His home run yesterday was at a 21-degree launch angle, and his seventh home run is that low (or lower) this season. Only four players have had more runs on their turf with this low track this season.
  • Umpire Alex MacKay somehow received three wrong calls to help Ketel Marte walk the fifth inning. More than ending Darvish’s bid for a perfect game, it was the only walk the Padres shooter allowed yesterday. This prevented them from going three matches without allowing a walk or batting pass for what would have been the first time in franchise history.

Well, that’s it for me.

No game today. I’m talking to you Wednesday.