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The Collapse of the San Diego Padres

While the world marveled at how the San Diego Padres could remain atop the NL West the entire year, with just one month left to go in the 2010 MLB season, the Padres appear to have run out of gas.

The Padres are now losers of 10 games in a row, and now find themselves only 1 game up on the San Francisco Giants (2 in the loss column.)

As if that weren't enough cause for concern on its own for Padres fans, the Colorado Rockies are streaking as they are winners of 10 or their last 14 and are only 4 ½ games back.

Just ten days ago, before their demise, the Padres led the Giants by 6 1/2 games and the Rockies by 10 ½.

The Padres have 27 games remaining with 3 games left against the Rockies and 7 left against the Giants, including the last three of the season in San Francisco.

If you were wondering, only two teams in major-league history have made the postseason in a year that included a losing streak of at least 10 games: the 1951 New York Giants and the 1982 Atlanta Braves.

Padre fans, if you are thinking NL Wild Card as an option, at the moment the Philadelphia Phillies are one game ahead of you.

Conventional wisdom suggests that the gravity of the momentum swing against them will be just too much to overcome and that the Padres will not be able to hold on. You are as good as your next day's strating pitcher however, and young pitching sensation Mat Latos will have a lot to say about the fate of the Padres season. All eyes will be on Latos today as he tries to halt the 10 game slide. You can forget all the talk about innings limits for Latos at this point. They will throw him as deep as he can go today.- Mike Cardano

Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball and Xtra Point Football.

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