It doesn’t really register how bad the San Diego Padres are until you get a look at their lineup. Jed Gyorko and Tommy Medica hitting Nos. 3,4? Yikes. The majority of the guys they throw out there are decent 7-8-9 hitters. And when I say majority, I’m being generous. Is Adrian Gonzalez like the last good hitter to play for them in a while? Does Carlos Quentin qualify? Probably not.
Anyway, the game tonight basically sums up the year for Tyson Ross, who now stands at 11-12 in 27 starts. All year, he’s gone out and performed–almost Kershaw esque. In July, he led MLB with 48 Ks and 1.10 ERA. Since then, he’s gone 5-3, only to given up more than two runs once and that time was only three earned.
At 27, he’s having his best year yet, however, it’s flown under the radar with guys like Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw‘s continued dominance on NL hitters. With a slider, fastball combination as on point and lethal as his, the sky is the limit.
That is, unless San Diego continues to put the sandlot out there.
It’d be nice to see Ross continue this form on another team, maybe one where he can be provided run support and translate some of those 12 losses to the win column.
Signing a contract for one-year, $1.98 million in January 2014, Ross looks to become a free agent following its expiration. Standing at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, the big armed righty out of Cal could soon become the next highly sought after ace for another roster. Regardless, he’ll at least earn himself a nice, new contract.
For now he continues to go out, do his job and be rewarded with one run. Better luck next time.