Padres: Three players stock up/stock down in series loss to Rockies
By Ryan Sikes
Pham entered the series batting .240 but had positive energy coming into Colorado, having gone 3-for-5 with two RBI in the finale against San Francisco on Thursday. As noted, he played hero in the opener, smashing a three-run blast off Rockies closer Wade Davis in the top half of the ninth inning. In losing efforts, he went 3-for-6 with two walks in the final two games, raising his batting average to a robust .306.
Did Wil Myers and Andy Green‘s reported issues really have legs? With the latter out of the picture, Myers has performed much better, bringing his batting average up to .257 on the young season. With the Padres trailing 9-2 on Sunday, Myers hit a bases-clearing, opposite-field triple, closing the game to a four-run deficit. For those, who turned it off early, Myers triple hit the top of the fence, landing on the warning track and bouncing back towards the wall.
Is there anyone else on the roster who needs to make the most of their playing time right now? With Eric Hosmer landing on the ten-day injured list, Jake Cronenworth figures to get plenty of looks on the infield and potentially at DH.
The former Rays farmhand went two-for-four on Friday night, and 1-for-2 on Sunday, bringing his average up to .400. Should he play well enough, the Padres may need to ask themselves if he can unseat Jurickson Profar at second base.