San Diego Padres Had a Better Week Than Their Record Suggests
By Tim Ryder
Over the last week of April, the San Diego Padres won just two games, on Saturday against the New York Mets and last Monday versus the Rockies. Though the wins didn’t come, there were some bright spots.
Ok so maybe the victories aren’t exactly piling up for the San Diego Padres at the present moment. Tough breaks, untimely slumps at the plate, and a few very poor pitching performances were the main culprits to an uninspiring week in Friars’ baseball.
Eric Hosmer, even after missing two games due to taking a family-related leave from the team, still managed to slash .467/.579/.667 with three doubles (giving him ten on the year, good for third in the National League), four walks, and just three strikeouts in fifteen at-bats.
Hosmer has raised his season averages to .290/.398/.450 but still ranks fourteenth in the league with 29 punchouts. Hopefully, this trend he’s been on will continue.
Other Padres’ top performers
Austin Hedges, before getting some bad news regarding tendonitis in his right elbow, was right in the middle of breaking out of his season-long slump (funkus bustus interruptus).
Hedgie went 4-for-11 at the plate over the last seven days with a double and five RBI before the team announced that he was dealing with some discomfort.
Manuel Margot had a terrific week, hitting .333 with a .890 OPS, three doubles, a triple, and four runs batted in. He didn’t take a single bases-on-balls in 21 at-bats, but progress is progress; he only struck out three times.
Freddy Galvis, almost on cue after I implored him to do so here on FoB, had a fine week, hitting .263 with six walks and a couple of RBI. It seems as if the slight dip in productivity he experienced over the past few weeks is coming to pass.
Oh, and of course there’s Franchy Cordero. His space-and-time bending home runs are melting more faces than Jerry Garcia’s guitar-playing did in the 1960s and 1970s.
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He’s been quite prone to the strikeout since returning to the lineup, but a .254 average and .858 OPS makes up for that in spades.
We can’t forget about Travis Jankowski, who’s gone 2-for-6 since making his season debut with a run scored.
Plus, watching him play the outfield is extremely, almost surprisingly, fun to watch.
San Diego Padres’ top pitchers for the week
Robbie Erlin has been outstanding this season and continued that pace with a perfect three innings of work over the last week, striking out four and walking none.
Adam Cimber got in 4.1 innings of work, allowing an earned run on two hits with four punchies (Mark Grant) and a walk.
Kirby Yates is looking fine after missing some time with an ankle issue. He allowed one earned run on three hits in three innings this past week, walking none and striking out two.
Joey Lucchesi was the San Diego Padres’ starter of the week, going 5.2 innings in a win over the New York Mets, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two.
Old Reliable Tyson Ross, while not overpowering hitters, has been consistent enough in getting guys out and limiting the damage that if he allows three runs on six hits over 6.2 innings (which he did this past week), it’s really not all that bad.
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That would ring even truer if the Friars’ offense would wake up as a group more than once a week.