Yesterday John Kruk once again showed his level of knowledge of the game of baseball with this article.
Kruk claims in the article that the Padres winning streak was:
- Not a big deal.
The Padres swept a 9 game home stand for the 1st time in 40 years of franchise history.
The Padres 9 game home stand sweep was the only the 3rd time that has been done in this decade.
- Only because of
A) The starting pitching staff.
Kruk completely ignored the fact that the Padres relief staff had a 0.27 ERA in 33 innings and while the starters had a 3.05 era in 65 innings so far in the winning streak.
Now that is not to say the starters did not do a good job, it just means the relief staff was incredible and a huge part of the teams success over that period!
b ) Opposing batters being intimidated by Petco.
What a crock of garbage. NO ONE hits well at Petco. Does Kruk even pay attention? He says the Padres are struggling offensively but the winning at home is because visiting batters are intimidated by the ballpark and that is why the Padres are winning? Sorry Kruk, you can't have it both ways. Either the ballpark effects EVERYONE who hits there or not.
- The Padres are struggling with offensive problems.
The Padres out scored the other team in every game for the last 10 in a stretch where they faced Johnny Cueto, Edwin Volquez, Aaron Harang, Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum, Zambrano, and Ted Lilly. They must be doing something right offensively to be beating those guys.
The Padres are currently second in the west in OPS+ to the Dodgers and rank 7th in the NL. That means a whole lot of teams are doing worse offensively than the Padres.
Kruk, that says more about your lack of knowledge of what is really going on in the game than anything the Padres may or may not do as a team. In fact the very fact that you didn't know more than 5 players on the Padres is an indictment of your whole staff at BAseball Tonight and makes me very glad we have an alternative in the MLB Channel.
Maybe YOU should study the game a little more. The average fantasy baseball fan seems to know alot more about what is going on in baseball today than you or "Baseball Tonight" staff do.
I have had my say, now what do you think.