The Padres offense is kind of like Punxsutawney Phil.
You know, the groundhog in Pennsylvania who comes out of his hole every February, sees his shadow, and settles in for another 6 weeks of winter.
On Thursday night the Padres scored a season-high 11 runs against the Mets. After seeing their shadow, they went back in to hibernation. Hopefully it's not for 6 weeks.
The Friars got another run in the first inning of Friday's game, but haven't scored since. New York won Saturday's game 9-0 and followed that up with a 2-0 shutout on Sunday.
Mets starter R.A. Dickey's knuckleball was working. Dickey struck out 10 Padres in 7 2/3 innings to get the win.
So, the Padres haven't scored a run in 26 1/3 innings and are 1-6 on their 10-game road trip. On Monday they head to Chicago to face the Cubs, who are the only team in the National League more miserable than the Padres.
Chicago has lost 12 straight games. So, if the Padres are going to win a series on the road (something they haven't done yet in 2012) this would be a good time to do it.
The offense will get a boost from OF Carlos Quentin, who's expected to make his long-awaited Padres debut in the next few days. Quentin is the kind of power bat that can help an entire offense start taking better swings.