Aug 10, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Padres managerBud Black
(20) look so from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. San Diego won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres may have had the night off, but the future Friars are still playing for big league roster spots.
It’s the pitching, not the offense that is costing the Padres games this time around, and these fresh faces are making the most of their opportunities.
Rymer Liriano‘s patience at the plate is putting him in a position to help the team every single game. Liriano has been on base in all but one of his starts so far with the team, his first start. Call it first day jitters. Since then, Liriano has been on base NINE times in just five games. His fellow teammates should take some notes. He is already the most patient Friar at the plate. Although watching every first pitch has led to some early strikes, it hasn’t slowed down his ability to wait out the count and take a couple free pases.
By the way, since when did Jake Goebbert become a triples machine? This past week in St. Louis, that’s when. In his two starts against the Cardinals, Goebbert went 3-for-7 with two runs, four RBIs, two triples, and a walk. Not bad. Not bad at.
Fear not, Friar Faithful. The future is bright.