San Diego Padres stat to know: Runners in scoring position
In Thursday's come-from-behind road win over the Washington Nationals, the Padres went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. That included Rougned Odor's two-out heroics in the ninth that propelled San Diego to the victory.
The vibes from the home run were immaculate, but they still didn't overshadow the fact that the Padres have been horrific this season when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position. That 3-for-16 mark on Thursday was a vast improvement over what the team had done in recent games, going just 1-for-29 (.034) in the five games prior to Thursday.
Those struggles are a microcosm of what has gone on all season for the Padres, who are last in Major League Baseball in RISP, going 74-for-402 (.184) on the season when hits can matter most.
Again, the Padres have been scoring lately via the home run, but getting hits when they matter most has been an Achilles' heel for the team all season and that has to turn around if the Padres are going to get back in the chase for the NL West lead.