The winning streak has quelled a lot of the Fire Buddy Black sentiment that I never really supported. This quote after last night's win got a little in my crawl: "Over the last month, we have played better fundamental baseball," manager Bud Black said.
The arguments of those in that camp did bring up that Bud might be too much of a players coach who never holds players accountable. While it is possible that this might be done behind closed doors, there seems to be some evidence of this. The start that the Padres had with the exasperating number of errors and injuries seems to indicate that the Padres were not ready for the season coming out of the gate.