The trade deadline is past. The Chase dilemma is behind us. A new GM is on the way. And I'm sitting here wondering what reasons we really have to look forward to with Padres baseball. I see one. Then I have to get creative.
The infield is a big question mark. The outfield is an even bigger question mark. We still have little power and only one guy who hits with any consistency. I don't believe in hoping players will rebound. We did that this year. Our acclaimed farm system isn't doing much for the big league lineup. And our promising prospects still seem like just a glimmer of hope in the distant future.
I'll admit, I don't follow the minors like the rest of you. But I do follow the talk, and the talk usually always outperforms the reality. And that new GM we're all waiting on, well, Hoyer and Byrnes offered hope but still floundered. With that said, here are my current reasons to be excited.
1) The Rotation
Ross, Kennedy, Hahn, and "O" have all been fun to watch. Even if they don't maintain their domination, they should be solid. And if Cashner can get healthy, hoo-doggies, look out.
As long as the Padres continue to lose, there will be talk of returning to the color most equate with the level of typical Padre performance. Who can get tired of that?
3) The Beer Thread
Sure, it's buried way down below. But that can change.
Please, somebody restore my optimism. Give me some reasons for hope based on probability, and not desperation.