The San Diego Padres (73-84) continue to lose, their starting pitchers continue to rack up losses, and Pat Murphy continues to bat his pitchers in the 8th spot… but hey, at least Matt Kemp is having a season. The man has been on absolute fire in the second half of the season after having a discouraging start. The Padres have 5 games to win 4 games… to match their 2014 season total of 77 wins. Wow. What a let down of a season.
Again, at least Matt Kemp has been coming through. On Tuesday night Matt Kemp became the first Padre to record triple-digit RBI since Adrian Gonzalez recorded 101 in 2010. He is actually the first Padres outfielder to record 100+ RBI since the 1998 World Series team. Amazing how times have changed. Back then A-Gon was the only ‘guy’ the Padres had on the team, let alone the offense. This year AJ Preller and the front office spent a ton of money, time, and energy on players who can produce from an offensive standpoint. Objectively, they clearly succeeded here.
Matt Kemp and Justin Upton have the home runs and RBI to prove it. They also have a pretty solid supporting case below them in terms of power players. The Padres need to add players who can hit for average and add some depth to the starting rotation and bullpen if they want to continue this experiment for next year.
It was the bottom of the 3rd inning and Matt Kemp was up with 2-outs and Yangervis Solarte on base. Kemp was able to hit a single to left-field to record his 100th RBI of the season. The Padres went on to lose the game 4-3, with Tyson Ross (10-12) taking the loss and Jo Lopez (1-0) recording the win for the Milwaukee Brewers (67-90). The Padres continue to lose against teams with worse records then them, as it seems they have done all season.
The one bright spot in the season is the success Matt Kemp has had in the second half of the season. If the Padres can pull it together in the offseason and Kemp can get it started early next season, the San Diego fan base has a lot to look forward to in 2016.