San Diego Padres Need to Improve in a Number of Areas

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 20: Manager Andy Green
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 20: Manager Andy Green /

The San Diego Padres are not performing well on offense. There are some major areas of concern that will need to be rectified before this team realizes any dreams of competing this season.

Things have not exactly gone to plan for the San Diego Padres offense this season. After 23 games, the team ranks near the bottom of almost every offensive statistical category in the National League. Improvements must be made.

Let’s start from the top. The Friars currently own a .219 team batting average, the worst in the NL behind even the awful Cincinnati Reds (.220).

The team’s .289 on-base percentage also ranks last in the league, behind the San Francisco Giants’ .292 and the Miami Marlins’ (ugh) .297.

The Padres’ slugging percentage of .364 is thirteenth in the NL, but mostly because of Christian Villanueva‘s seven home runs and seven doubles apiece from Eric Hosmer and Jose Pirela.

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Things could change quickly for Padres, though

Franchy Cordero has been raking since making his debut with three homers.

Along with Carlos Asuaje hopefully re-finding his stroke and Wil Myers, again hopefully, not missing a beat after coming back from the disabled list over the weekend, things certainly have the potential to turn around quickly.

Freddy Galvis‘ offensive output has slowed to a crawl after a hot start, but all that means is that he’s due to snap out of his funk soon and get back to being a dynamic player on both sides of the chalk.

With Myers returning and Pirela simply too hot to take out of the lineup, we could see an even more offensively-potent lineup on a nightly basis for the Friars, with Pirela seeing more time at second base.

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Once Hunter Renfroe returns from the DL, it will give the Friars another chance at having a full arsenal of very talented players and we can only hope it will result in more production than what we’ve seen so far.

Because this simply won’t cut it.