Tuckin’ Hell – Part 8

Tom Pringle (@PedroiasFace) will be covering the Padres during the season. His updates won’t be game-recaps, more like weekly or monthly recaps. If you don’t get the twist on words in the title, you’re dead to him.

What Happened?

The Padres started their road trip by giving away their recent first inning torrent of runs, but losing to the Mets. Then they seemed to rally behind their starters (including a young man called Dinelson Lamet) and against the Mets crappy bullpen to win the series. The Friars next tall order was to take on Max Scherzer and the Nationals, Scherzer did what Scherzer does and collected 13 SO on the way to a 5-1 win for the Nats.

What went wrong?

Let us start by forgetting the first game against the Mets, there was no way the Padres were going to come out and win that game after Chacin gave up seven earned. As I said in the previous paragraph, it seems like the Padres got into a pickle with their first innings and just kept giving away a bucket of runs early. We can also forget the Scherzer game, yes he may have had a bad night, but he’s going against arguably the worst offence (at the moment) in baseball. So it’s no surprise he didn’t have a bad night.

Speaking of offence, as we said at the start of the season, there was great expectation that the structure of the team would be something like this, from best to worst:

  1. Bullpen
  2. Offence
  3. Don Orsillo and Mudcat

Some more numbers…

  1. That awful rotation

It’s probably more:

  1. Don & Mudcat
  2. Manny Margot (Please don’t be out too long)
  3. Rotation at times
  4. Bullpen at times

Some more numbers…

  1. Hunter Renfroe and his shitty defence

 

There has been some shining lights (there have also been some bloody awful lights) from almost every pitcher who has taken the mound to start a game. With the Padres going 2-2 since the last Tuckin’ Hell, it’s difficult to really pin what isn’t going right. It’s been…well, .500.

Screw it, Hunter Renfroe isn’t very good in RF.

What went right?

Luis Perdomo had a solid outing against the Nationals, his line of 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB and 6 SO would have been a pretty solid line in any other game. Unfortunately the Padres were facing Max Scherzer.

The thing that went right for this part of Tuckin’ Hell was the debut of Dinelson “Two-Pitch” Lamet. Getting 8 SO over 5 IP was a pretty good start to his big leagues life. He only gave up one run, which was a home run from Lucas “I’m a DH” Duda.

I have to be honest, as good as the offence may have seemed on the box scores, it was more the Mets giving up cheap hits and runs. Don’t slam me for this, the offence still had to hit the balls that were thrown at them but..well you know.

What’s next?

I’m currently sat watching the Padres putting some pressure on Stephen “No no, my elbow is fine” Strasburg after 2 innings. I’m not that hopefully that Clayton Richard can hand over to the bullpen against Bryce Harper and Co, but it’s not a bad start so far.

They have one more game against the Nationals after today, then our plucky Padres return to Petco and welcome the HILARIOUS Chicago Cubs.

The Great All-Rounder Experiment Will Austin Hedges Ever Hit Again? How long will Jankowski last in the lineup? Days until Weaver is DFA’d? Is Hunter Renfroe a worse defensive outfielder than Hanley Ramirez?

Yep, we’re going there.

Until next time, here’s some numbers that I’ll keep updated for the year.

Stats: (Positions in brackets for all qualified players in MLB)

Win/Loss – 18-32 .360

Individual Stats:

Batt Avg. Leader – W. Myers .265 (85th)

OBP Leader – Y. Solarte .330 (97th) *NEW*

OPS Leader – W. Myers .825 (58th)

Starter ERA – C. Richard 4.31 (54th) *NEW*

Strikeouts – C. Richard 45 (54th) *NEW*

Relievers WHIP – J. Torres 1.00 (46th)

Team Stats:

Batting AVG. – .219 (30th)

OBP – .289 (29th)

OPS – .658 (29th)

ERA (Starter) – 4.96 (25th)

ERA (Relievers) – 4.85 (25th)

Strikeouts – 402 (12th)

WHIP (Relievers) – 1.40 (20th)

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