Just about three weeks deep into spring training, the San Diego Padres have opened with a balanced start. The Padres, with a record of 8-9, continue to stay optimistic that the upcoming regular season will bring success.
“Because of how we played in the second half, we feel that we can do it again,” Padres manager Bud Black said to MLB.com, “and that’s the challenge. Instead of doing it for three months, we’ve got to do it for six.”
Making very little changes to the roster, the team thus far has proven to be the same enthusiastic and inspired squad as last season. Several previously injured players are making full recoveries, and almost all are expected to be healthy by the time opening day comes around.
Members of the slightly overcrowded bullpen have continued to strive for a spot in the rotation, some making good impressions. Tyson Ross, competing for the fifth spot, is aspiring with each performance to make improvements.
“It’s been going good on the side,” Ross told MLB.com. “But in game situations, when you’ve got a batter 60 feet from you, it’s hard. It’s a little off. I need to slow myself down to get everything timed up right.”
Black remains hopeful that the team will have better luck this year involving injuries and slumps, and is determined to stay focused on the team’s success.
“We can’t worry about what other clubs are doing,” Black said to MLB.com. “We can’t worry about any of that. We have to focus on what we do well as an organization, what we do well as a team. We think we have enough talent here.”