The San Diego Padres didn’t quite get off to the start they had hoped to this year. A quarter-way into the season, here are some of the Friars’ statistical leaders on both sides of the chalk.
Any of us can get a feel for how the San Diego Padres’ season has gone thus far by taking a quick glance at their record and their stats. Things haven’t gone what scientists refer to as, “good” for the Friars so far this year.
Their starting pitching has been hit-or-miss over the team’s first 43 games. There have been some bright spots, like Joey Lucchesi, Tyson Ross, and as of late, Clayton Richard. There have also been some cringe-worthy moments, like the failed Bryan Mitchell and Luis Perdomo experiments.
The Padres’ bullpen has been terrific. Brad Hand, Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, Adam Cimber, Phil Maton (DL), and Robbie Erlin have been magnificent. There have been outliers (Kazuhisa Makita, for instance), but overall, this team’s relief corps has been their anchor.
The Padres at the plate have been a mystery at times, but some of the bright spots are practically blinding.
Over the next few pages, we’ll take a look at the team’s leading hitters, starting pitchers, and relievers, and where they rank among their National League counterparts.