Sure, you can find a few San Diego Padres littered throughout the National League leaders in various categories, but the rest of this team’s offense has looked lifeless so far.
A quick scan of the top-fifty hitters in the National League so far will turn up three San Diego Padres players; Eric Hosmer, hitting .288, good for 35th in the NL, Jose Pirela at .297 and sitting at 27th, and Freddy Galvis at an even .300, at 24th in the National League.
After that, the highest batting average of a Friars’ regular is Christian Villanueva, with a .257 average in around half the at-bats of the above-mentioned players.
Or at the very least move Matt Szczur into left and play Pirela at second if Preller & Co. don’t feel Urias is ready. But he is…
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Padres’ offense as a team isn’t doing great, but they’ve been OK
The San Diego Padres sit in the bottom third of the National League in team average (.223, 14th in NL), on-base percentage (.290, last), and slugging percentage (.377, 11th).
Friars hitters have struck out more times than twelve other National League teams (139), and less than only the Cardinals (140) and the Rockies (155).
This team has taken only 39 bases-on-balls, the fourth-lowest total in the league.
There are a couple of bright spots, though. The Padres are seventh in the league in hits, with 113 (Pirates lead with 123).
The Friars are sixth in the league in doubles with 24 (Braves, 33), and tenth in runs scored (51; Pirates, 79).
This team has been within arm’s reach of more than the four wins they’ve tallied so far this season, but they’ve also given away a couple of victories with listless play and terrible at-bats.
If they can’t start producing at higher levels than this, at least until Wil Myers returns and provides Hosmer with some added lineup-protection, this Friars team may have to rely on their pitching to keep them in games. Gulp.