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.
They were bad against the Royals (Also fighting for the worst team in baseball title), so bad I’m not going to comment on that series and skip straight onto the Reds. A series they are currently winning 2-0 with the final game due to start in minutes few!
The one thing to mention is Schimpf being sent to El Paso, finally, it had to happen. Not only was he striking out at a silly rate, he was a liability in the field.
What went wrong?
Seeing as we’re ignoring the Royals series and the terrible pitching we saw throughout, there wasn’t a great deal that went wrong against the Reds. Perdomo went deeper than normal and Clayton Richard almost had a complete game. So nope, nothing wrong (Except the awful, terrible, waste of my time Royals series).
Note: If Chacin implodes after 0.2 innings tonight and the Padres get destroyed, then I wrote not very nice things in the “what went wrong” section.
What went right?
Hit crazy! Even Wil Myers managed to get 3 hits in 7 ABs, drawing a single walk through all that as well! Pirela and Cordoba have continued to hit, I even made a joke to our very own Darius Austin that Pirela is currently leading the majors in wRC+, OPS, OBP and AVG (Minimum 10 PA).
Even the “Bad Half” of the bullpen joined in, on the first game against the Reds, Stammen closed out the game and didn’t give away any runs! On the second night, prospect Phil Maton came in for one hitter, gave up a hit and promptly left the game to allow Maurer to finish it off.
Facing the likes of Bronson Arroyo (7.01 ERA) does help.
See, it’s all looking rosy for the Padres!
(Forget the Royals, that series never happened.)
Note: If Chacin manages to slide through 5 innings and give the ball to Brad Hand and the cool part of the bullpen, then imagine I wrote nice things and put them here.
One final game against the Reds that’s about to start, then it’s time for a well earned day off. Then the Padres travel to Milwaukee to face Junior Guerra (2.45 ERA), Chase Anderson (2.83 ERA) and finally TBD. We can only hope TBD pitching for the Brewers is Jered Weaver on some crazy waiver claim moment.
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? If you had a $99 for 5 Padres home wins in June ticket, would you want them to keep losing?
Four wins at home in June! A series sweep tonight would see the $99 crew banished.
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 – 26-40 .394
Batt Avg. Leader – Y. Solarte .261 (97th) *NEW*
OBP Leader – Y. Solarte .342 (75th)
OPS Leader – W. Myers .787 (78th)
Starter ERA – C. Richard 4.30 (47th)
Strikeouts – C. Richard 64 (39th) *NEW*
Relievers WHIP – B. Hand 1.07 (56th)
Batting AVG. – .230 (30th)
OBP – .294 (30th)
OPS – .681 (29th)
ERA (Starter) – 5.04 (27th)
ERA (Relievers) – 4.94 (26th)
Strikeouts – 547 (12th)
WHIP (Relievers) – 1.36 (17th)