The San Diego Padres keep sliding.
They lost another game on Wednesday night, this time 10-6 to the Colorado Rockies.
The losses keep coming for the Friars: they have dropped 13 of their last 19 games.
They have also lost two in a row and six of their last 10.
For a while, they were capable of hanging with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Those days seem to be over now, as they are 8.5 games behind Los Angeles as of Thursday afternoon.
Padres insider AJ Cassavell, who covers the team for MLB.com, explained what the franchise can do to avoid missing the postseason altogether.
“Final: Rockies 10, Padres 6. That’s now 13 losses in 19 games for the Padres, and the troubling part is that the losses seem to be getting sloppier. Right now, this looks like a roster that needs a shakeup before the Deadline. It’s less than three weeks away…” he tweeted.
Final: Rockies 10, Padres 6
That's now 13 losses in 19 games for the Padres, and the troubling part is that the losses seem to be getting sloppier. Right now, this looks like a roster that needs a shakeup before the Deadline. It's less than three weeks away…
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) July 14, 2022
In the past, the Padres have shown they aren’t shy about making potentially impactful trade acquisitions.
However, they tend to pull the trigger during the offseason, and not so much during the season.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t try.
The Padres Need To Bring In Offensive Help
They were reportedly close to acquiring Max Scherzer last year before the Dodgers swooped in, for example.
And they have a deep and talented farm as ammunition to fuel trade offers.
They have a good pitching staff, but they do need to shore up a mediocre offense that is also missing its best player, Fernando Tatis Jr.
The Padres rank 14th in runs scored with 393, so they could certainly improve there.
An elite bullpen arm can also help.
In any case, they still have a rather solid 50-40 record and should be able to make the playoffs.
But they do need to improve if they want to compete there.