Breaking down all the San Diego Padres action from the last full week of the month of June, a 3-3 week for the club which had its ups and downs.
At the half way point of the 2017 season the San Diego Padres have a 31-45 record, 19.5 games back of the division leading Dodgers and 5 games ahead of cellar dweller San Francisco. They have a .500 record at home but are 14 games under .500 on the road.
The first half of the season has been marked by inconsistency throughout the pitching staff and through most of the lineup. The most consistent Padre, Yangervis Solarte, is on the DL with an oblique strain. There have been surges and slumps everywhere else you look.
This past week totaled a 3-3 record with surges by Cory Spangenberg and Jose Pirela, while Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero are struggling. Renfroe has been dropped from the clean up spot versus right handed starters due to his .184/.228/.372 batting line vs righties.
Rookie starter Dinelson Lamet returned to dominant form with his start against the Tigers, which resulted in a 7-3 Pads win. The Friars might have had a sweep with Detroit but for a big hiccup from closer Brandon Maurer in the third game. A 5-5 tie going into the 9th inning was relinquished for a 7-5 Tiger victory.
At the half way point of the year, Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe each have 15 HR and Solarte leads the team with 40 RBI. Solarte also possesses the best batting average of the regulars with a .268/.349/.425 line.
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The week took its toll injury wise. Allen Cordoba was hit on the hand and has a bruise that shouldn’t land him on the DL. Solarte and Miguel Diaz both hit the DL, Diaz with a forearm strain. Infielder Carlos Asuaje was brought up from El Paso to replace Solarte and another starting pitcher will be needed on the next series to replace Diaz.
Michael Kelly, in AA San Antonio, has been pitching very well but it remains to be seen if he gets a call up or manager Andy Green decides to go with a bullpen start. None of the pitchers on the DL are ready to be activated at this point.
After a day off Monday the Padres return to action at home versus the Atlanta Braves and the Dodgers over the next six days.