Teams that are not going to win the 2008 World Series: 2 The San Diego Padres

Here's the deal. Over the next couple of months I am going to crudely single out all but four teams and label them audaciously as having zero chance of winning the World Series. What will this arrogance get me? Nothing bar a torrent of abuse in the event I get it wrong and one of the chosen schmubs turns out to be the World Series champs. Let's start insulting people!

At a miniscule .354 this team has the worst winning percentage in baseball as we speak. Yes, worse than our previous entry the gormless Giants. They have scored an absolutely pathetic 158 runs to date, 11 runs behind the second lowest scoring team, the offensively challenged Kansas Royals. The Cubbies have scores 108 more runs than them already! We're only in May! Good lord. They are 12.5 games out in their division, their ace is on the disabled list and in their game last night they lost another key starting pitcher and their catcher too.

Ladies and gentlemen, with apologies to the mayor of Irish baseball Mike Kindle, the San Diego Padres are not going to win the 2008 World Series.

''Ouch - my pride, I mean, my nose!''

There is no doubt that injuries are playing a large part in the Padres lack of success in 2008. However, there are many other elements also, all adding up to the fact that San Diego is one of the worst teams in the majors this season.

They couldn't hit their way out of a paper bag, their starting rotation is old, as is most of their pitching, they have very little speed on the bases and their defence is nothing to write home about.

On top of all that, this is not what you want to see in the press in terms of exposure of your team;
Black meets behind closed doors with listless Pads
Associated Press
Manager Bud Black met behind closed doors with his Padres on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after general manager Kevin Towers made some scathing comments about the worst team in the majors.

Padres put reigning NL CY Young Peavy on DL
Associated Press
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Padres on Tuesday with a strained and swollen right elbow.

Or indeed..
Dead or alive?
Five MLB teams on the brink?

Clearly all is not well in San Diego. My favourite headline while diving in a reading about the listless, lifeless, hitless Padres?

''San Diego fire sale coming, just not many bargains available''

I'll tell ya one thing anyway, the Padres are not going to win the 2008 World Series, that's for sure.

Previous entries to 'Teams that are not going to win the 2008 WS;
  1. The San Francisco Giants
  2. The San Diego Padres