The San Diego Padres have managed to win five of their last nine. Andy Green has made much-needed changes to this young Padres’ line-up and the team seems to be stitching together some much-needed wins. Their offense is finally trending upward.
The San Diego Padres offense has been poor all season long. They are ranked 28th in batting average (.227) and 29th in runs per game (3.71), hits per game (7.57), strikeouts per game (9.9), slugging percentage (.362), on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.662), and strikeout percentage (26.6%). When you are better than only one team in multiple batting statistics, something has to change. We are finally seeing some changes being made offensively.
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With a batting line of .115/.233./135, the 34-year-old Chase Headley, who had gone 2-for-13 in his last seven games, has been designated for assignment. Headley was a burden to the young batting line-up and it was time for Padres’ front office to move on from the veteran third-baseman and look into the future.
As per reports, power-hitter Franmil Reyes is being called up to the major leagues for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old is slashing .346/.442/.738 in Triple-A El Paso. This is indeed an impressive accomplishment for the slugger hailing from the Dominican Republic who was not ranked among the organization’s top-thirty prospects in 2018. Reyes’ presence in the batting line-up will bring in some much-desired power. Although it will be interesting to see how Andy Green will make room for the youngster.
Travis Jankowski appears to have made the leadoff spot his own. Ever since making his way back into the Padres’ lineup, he is hitting .349/.429/.512. His .940 OPS is leading the team. Jankowski has also drawn a walk six times and has a home run to his credit.
If the team continues to struggle offensively, look for more changes from Andy Green. Are we counting the days before Luis Urias makes his Major League Debut?