Padres struggles continue in 8-3 loss to the Nationals

The Padres drop the series finale to the Washington Nationals

SAN DIEGO — The Padres have had a disappointing weekend, to say the least. To lose 2 out of 3 vs one of the league’s worst teams has to be disappointing for everyone involved. MacKenzie Gore of the Nationals went off against the organization that he was brought up in with 9 Ks in 5 innings of work. Today nothing was working as the pitching staff gave up 11 hits and 8 runs. The offense didn’t really help out at all either until the 9th inning when it was too little too late. In the 7th inning, the Padres gave up a 5 spot to the Nationals which would lead to the 8-3 defeat. 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

The Team Looks Lost

The Padres as a team is just lost. They don’t really have an identity and aren’t really doing too well. When the hitting is good the pitching is bad, when the pitching is good the hitting is bad. Nothing has really worked this season and some are calling for Bob Melvin’s firing. While some of the blame can be put on him it really comes down to the effort of the team and it just isn’t there right now. 

Bullpen Falling Apart

After being one of the league’s best bullpens the last couple of weeks they have just completely fallen apart this week as a whole. They are unreliable and inconsistent just like the rest of the team. While they weren’t earned runs giving up 5 runs in an inning is just unacceptable. There needs to be better situational pitching and getting out of jams which has been a struggle this year. 

What’s Next?

There is a lot of debate about what the team should do. A lot are calling for the firing of manager Bob Melvin while some want to host a fire sale. The answer is unclear but it is still somewhat early in the season and there is time to still fix this. A serious talk needs to occur in the clubhouse and Bob Melvin needs to regain control of the player’s trust. Once everyone is on the same page about winning is when the team can move forward with this team. Action needs to happen soon as the summer months go on time is currently ticking. 

The Padres will have tomorrow off and travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 4:05 PST.