This is my first post here and it’s about Trevor Hoffman and my team, the San Diego Padres.
While I’m a bit frustrated by the last two games that resulted in blown saves by Trevor Hoffman, I’m not particularly surprised or shocked. After surviving the 4-consecutive-home-runs debacle in Los Angeles last year, I can probably survive any kind of a loss. And that’s what they are: losses. Even if the Padres win 88 games this season, which I’m not entirely sure they can do, we’ll still have to deal with 74 losses. Therefore, it’s pointless for anyone to get themselves into a tizzy over a single loss.
Now back to Trevor. Did anyone actually believe that he’d sail through the entire ’07 season without giving up any runs or blowing any saves? What this man has accomplished in his career is simply amazing. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll bounce back from the last two losses and save a lot of games for us this year. So, let’s not even think about replacing “Hells Bells” with Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”.
Our bullpen may be the best we’ve had in many years. As long as they can stay healthy, they’ll put up some outstanding numbers. However, I do have some concerns about the starting rotation and will offer more opinions about that in the near future. I’m also a little worried about Mike Cameron and Kevin Kouzmanoff. I heard today that Mike is having some sinus issues and that could possibly explain his poor start. I’m not sure what’s going on with Kevin, but I feel that Buddy Black is wise to stick with him, at least for a while. This kid just might catch on fire and make Kevin Towers look like a genius once again.
In short, we’re only 23 games into the season and it’s way too early to get overly excited about wins or call the suicide hotline when our closer blows a save. It’s a long, long season.
I’ll soon be posting my take on Barry Bonds and the full version of a satirical piece that appeared in the San Diego Union on Monday, April 23rd, under “Padres Monday”.