The Seattle Mariners boast 19 runs this young season. The stats show the Colorado Rockies plating 20 runners. But through three games, the San Diego Padres own a goose egg on the scoreboard.
That’s a record.
The Padres became the first team in Major League Baseball history to open a season shutout three consecutive games. The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team since the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals—powered by righty pitchers Bob Gibson and Ernie Broglio—to open the season with a trifecta of shutous.
“We do have 159 games left,” new Padres manager Andy Green reflected. “We will score runs this year, and we will win series this year.”
But will he still manage the team when they do?
And it’s not just San Diego’s offense that embarrasses. The Dodgers posted 25 runs on them—five better than any other team in Major League Baseball. Worse still, new Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda homered Wednesday in his MLB debut. He accounted for more runs in one at-bat than the Padres have accumulated in all their at-bats.
The Padres see light up ahead. After a day off to take batting practice or mercifully step away from the batter’s box, Padres hitters travel to Colorado, where the elevation and size of the park tends to cure slumps at the plate, to take on the Rockies.