Wil Myers has been adjusting quite well to his new position of first base in 2016. Yet it is his sustained offensive performance that is helping the Padres win some games and help him along with Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr.anchor the lineup. Friday night he was on full display, hitting a home run and going 3-3 with a sacrifice fly and stolen base in the Padres 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Wil Myers hit a home run in the first inning against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright into the “Beach” section of Petco Park which was remodeled over the off-season in advance of the All Star Game.
Myers was moved to the number 2 spot of the lineup from the 4 spot and the move has corresponded with an uptick in activity for Myers. He’s hit 13-31 with a hit in every game since the move. Manager Andy Green is very impressed with what he has seen with Myers,
"“Today was outstanding. In the last week, he’s had really competitive at-bats. … He’s got life to him. When he’s on base, he makes us go. He’s been moving in the right direction.”"
Myers also indicated that the best may be yet to come. As he brings down his strikeout rate, it passes every eye test that when he does connect the ball will go places. He said that Friday night he felt something click that he had been waiting for:
“It’s just something you can’t explain. Each hitter has their own different thing that they feel. I was able to get some of that tonight…I felt my approach come around today.”
That is great news for the Padres as their offense remains sluggish. In the last week they rank 10th in the National League in runs scored with just 26. Myers has driven in that span. The next two RBI hitters on the Padres are Jon Jay and Matt Kemp with three each. He is comfortable leading the Padres scoring charge no matter where he hits in the order:
“It doesn’t really necessarily matter where I hit. I’m just seeing the ball better and had a really good approach today.”