Could changes be in store for Padres? …
Update: Talked to Towers today. If there’s going to be changes, it will be more along the lines of bringing up pitchers from, say, Triple-A Portland. The Padres just don’t have any money to make deals and certainly don’t want to part with any top Minor League prospects.
San Diego general manager Kevin Towers is a pretty amiable guy. He smiles a lot, tells good jokes and tells even better stories.
There has been few times in my three seasons of covering the team when he’s looked visibly angry. I remember he had one last season in May after the team had lost and was 16-30 and looked bad in doing so.
“You’re looking for even a little bit of progress,” Towers said at the time. “It’s like Groundhog’s Day, over and over.”
Towers wore a little bit of that same scowl after Friday’s 8-5 loss to the Dodgers. Granted, it’s now May 1 and the team is 11-11 and by no means out of the race like they were a year ago at this time.
But the message was abundantly clear: Towers doesn’t like what he sees.
I’m sure he didn’t like the fact that despite chasing starter James McDonald from the game after just 1 2/3 innings the Padres couldn’t win. That doesn’t happen often folks. Your starter gets runs early, it usually means a long night.
Or he could be upset that the Padres were handcuffed by Jeff Weaver, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Las Vegas. Weaver, who didn’t pitch at all in the Major Leagues in 2008 after being bounced in Seattle after a bad 2007, tossed four scoreless innings in relief.
Or he probably didn’t like the fact that the Padres were just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and that they left 11 runners on base. This was a problem last season and while it has gotten somewhat better in 2009, it’s still an issue.
And he couldn’t have liked the error by Nick Hundley in the seventh inning that allowed the go-ahead run to score on a play where a throw from the outfield got past Hundley and Luke Gregerson, backing up the play.
Of course, I’m sure he didn’t like what he saw from that rebuilt bullpen that shined early in the season but has now fallen on hard times, allowing 26 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings over the eight losses in their last 10 games.
Again, it’s May 1 and I don’t expect Towers to come out and promise changes like he did that day in May a year ago. But, at the same time, I don’t see him sitting around and watching the team struggle like they have (lost eight of past 10 games) either.
What happens next? We’ll see.