Padres catcher Austin Nola has fallen short of expectations
I don't care that Austin Nola isn't a star or anything, his performance this season has been outright pathetic offensively. We've seen Nola get key hits in the postseason, and we've seen Nola have average offensive seasons. For him to be as bad as he's been makes him nowhere near expectations.
Nola has slashed .134/.257/.186 with one home run and seven RBI this season. He's lost his starting job to Brett Sullivan (who isn't great either), and appears closer to demotion territory than winning his job back.
Nola has started 33 of the Padres first 52 games, so he's gotten a majority of the nods behind the plate, and has done absolutely nothing offensively. He has three extra-base hits all season, two of which are doubles. He has walked a decent amount but other than that, nothing.
We've seen Nola have decent seasons offensively. Even last season he had an OPS+ of 91 in his 110 games played. He was their primary catcher and was a tick below league average as a hitter. The Padres would've gladly taken that.
This season however, Nola has an OPS+ of 28. He's 72% below league average offensively. How that's possible for a guy who used to put up competitive at-bats I have no idea, but his performance has been pathetic.
The Padres must address the catcher situation before the trade deadline. The sooner the better. Nola obviously hasn't come close to cutting it.