The Padres bats produced big time during June. Boy was it fun to see the “wood” come alive. As a team they batted .274 and scored 145 runs. Good for fourth in the NL in both categories. Throw in second best 27 SB’s for the month and the Padres June offense brought a BIG TIME “Yipppeee” from us fans. Not since April 2015 have we been this excited about our bats.
The bad news was that the pitching was terrible. The Padres had a team ERA of 5.17, which was good for 3rd/4th worst in the National League (Tie with Rockies). Only the Phillies and Pirates were worse. The overall Win/Loss record of 13-13 for the month reflects the balance of the good and the bad. But as Padres fan, it sure was fun to see the action. I just wished they had used these hot bats to win more games. Sigh!!
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Padres fans and management will look to this month as the one Wil Myers came of age. The stat line of .327/ .429 OBA- 11HR/33RBI and 5 steals is mouth watering. This is exactly what AJ thought when he acquired him in the Tampa Bay/ Washington trade (See my comments about that in “Padre Winter 2014/2015). Wil’s HR and RBI totals lead all first baseman by a mile. Besides no other first basemen steal bases. To top it all off, he lead the position for June with 25 runs scored. These stats are a Fantasy owner’s DREAM. Let’s give Wil a big applause!
Other Padres had fun too! Matt Kemp was almost as good at .320, as was Alexi Amarista at .313. Jon Jay had the best Padres monthly average. He hit .351 but it was in limited action. Derek Norris raised his YTD average over the.200 line by batting .271 for the month, maybe making it possible for AJ to trade him.
Melvin Upton, rapidly becoming a fan favorite, had 6 HR/16 RBI with 8 steals, easily his best Padre month. Let’s not forget the “jaw dropping” catch last week. (Or his “Walk Off” HR the other day. His third of the season.) It sure looks like he is having a lot of fun. Maybe it is because he is not sitting on the bench next to the malcontent brother. (Something I predicted this Spring Training). I for one would love to see him stay in a Padre uniform.
What a fun month. We all hope you guys can keep it going in July!! In my opinion this team is not that far away from being really competitive. The offense showed they could do it, now all we need is the Pitching to come back into shape.
Your Padre “homer” FantaMan