Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 4/22/12
While last night’s 5 – 1 win over Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies was satisfying in many ways, it does little to mask the multitude of problems this team has with its roster. Constructed with the purpose of succeeding in the offensively constrictive confines of Petco Park, the Padres need to be able to rely on their pitching and defense to remain competitive. When they struggle in those elements of their game you get exactly what we have now; a last place team. Through 16 games, the Padres have committed 16 errors. Those errors have led to 11 unearned runs scored against. That’s tied for the second most allowed by any team in the majors. Jason Bartlett has been front and center in the Padres problematic defense. He has committed four miscues which have directly led to six of those 11 unearned runs. SS is perhaps the most important defensive position on the field. You need to get reliable defense from the player manning that position. While the Padres fielders have let t...
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