A quick look at all of the action from the third week of May in San Diego Padres baseball, another week highlighted by individual success but struggles as a team.
The seventh week of the major league season found the San Diego Padres struggling in the National League West cellar. With an overall 15-30 record, they officially have the worst record in baseball. Although most of us knew this type of baseball was inevitable this season, it is still tough to watch.
With the exceptions of Jarred Cosart and Jhoulys Chacin, the starting pitching was awful with Jered Weaver making one 6 inning start allowing one run and then a 0.2 inning start allowing 7 runs and being removed from the game to a smattering of boos from the home crowd. He was subsequently placed on the DL Friday with left hip inflammation.
With Weaver out of the rotation, the Padres will need to name a replacement after Mondays day off. With Trevor Cahill also on the DL, it appears the Padres will have to reach down into their minor ranks to bring up a starting pitcher.
There were a few highlights during the week. Fans paying attention will have noticed that Hunter Renfroe is having better at bats with 3 HR during the week.
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Utility Rule V player Allen Cordoba is playing way above his experience level and will most likely see more playing time as Ryan Schimpf continues his batting slump with Travis Jankowski and Alex Dickerson on the DL for the foreseeable future. Catcher Austin Hedges had a .300 batting week and is slowly improving his at bats as the season goes on.
Playing the Milwaukee Brewers during the beginning of the week, the Padres won one game at home. The powerful Arizona Diamondbacks followed the Brewers into Petco and also won 3 of 4 with the sole bright spot a complete game 5-1 victory for Clayton Richard.
Andy Green’s frustration with the poor baseball being played currently has been obvious in his post game media comments. It will be interesting to see what happens over the long haul with this young team. Will they respond to their managers leadership now that the going has become tough? Time will tell but I still believe this team will get better as the season goes along and I look forward to more playing time for Cordoba to see what this rookie can accomplish.