The Padres offense has been ice cold over the last five games, and they better turn it around before the postseason begins.
For the majority of the season, the Padres offense has put up runs in bunches. At one point, they were atop the leaderboard in runs produced, but they’ve dropped to third-most after a 4-2 loss against the Angels on Tuesday night. The Padres were shut down by Angels’ starter Griffin Canning, who set a career-high in strikeouts (10) in 6.0 innings of work.
The Angels got their runs on a career night from catcher Max Stassi, who was splitting time with newly acquired Padres catcher Jason Castro, and went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. The bottom of the Angels order wreaked havoc on the Padres starter Zach Davies and the bullpen, going a combined 8-for-11 and scoring all four runs.
Davies has been very good this season, but he struggled with his command throwing 58-of-97 pitches for strikes while allowing three walks over six frames. He gave up seven hits and fanned five, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres offense could do nothing all night long.
The first inning looked promising with Eric Hosmer at the plate and the bases loaded. The Padres’ first baseman elevated a ball to deep left field that was good enough to get a run in. But outside of Manny Machado‘s RBI double in the eighth inning, that’s all the Padres could muster in terms of run production.
And despite clinching a postseason berth, the offense has hit a funk over the last six games, hitting a putrid .194 and failing to deliver the big inning with bases loaded that we’ve become accustomed to.
Thankfully, they have five games left, including four against the Giants, to get their offense back on track before entering postseason play. And the Padres will also get Mike Clevinger back on Wednesday after his last start was pushed back with bicep tightness.