Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality
Jayson Stark isn't having any of the Padres' torrid 9-4 start that leaves them a slim game behind the Dodgers in the NL West, starting play today:
Padres (9-4) -- ILLUSION: We'll say this: The Padres put a scrappy, fun little team out there. And it's tough to totally discount a club that has played three of its first four series against the Dodgers, Mets and Phillies. But after starting pitchers Jake Peavy, Chris Young and closer Heath Bell, this pitching staff is the All-Scrap Heap team. So how can this club possibly hold up? "When a dishwasher from the Outback Steakhouse (Outback alum Walter Silva) is starting Game No. 3 of the season, you don't have enough pitching," one scout said.
Funny, about two weeks ago (right about the time Hiroki Kuroda went down), I didn't think we had enough pitching, either...
Meanwhile, don't look now, but the Dodgers are #2 in the ESPN Power Rankings. Wow! Then again, the Braves, last week's #1, dropped to #15 in the blink of an eye.