The Padres offense has largely been propped up by Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer. They need more from the rest of the lineup before Fernando Tatis Jr. returns.
The San Diego Padres have the eighth-most runs (137) in Major League Baseball after 32 games. However, the offense has left a lot to be desired in May, accounting for just 33 runs – good for 22nd in the league. Thus far, Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer have carried the team. The former is putting together an early case for the National League MVP, with seven home runs and 22 RBI while hitting for a robust .383 average.
Hosmer has silenced his doubters in the early stages of the season, hitting .367 to go along with four home runs and 21 RBI. He’s also tied with Machado for a team-leading eight doubles.
That said, the Padres have no one else in the order batting higher than .226.
After a hot start to the year, Jurickson Profar has cooled off. The Friars left fielder is hitting just .155 over his last 15 games, with one home run and five RBI. Jake Cronenworth looked to be turning the corner after a slow start, but he is hitting .233 over his last 15 games. Ha-seong Kim just .200 over his last 15 games, Trent Grisham .145, Austin Nola .170.
It’s not a pretty picture.
Despite all of this doom and gloom, the Padres are tied with the Dodgers with 20 wins in the National League West division and have the third-most wins in baseball. At some point, the offense will need to turn around.
Of course, San Diego is expected to get a huge shot in the arm, with Fernando Tatis Jr. likely due back in June. The 23-year-old phenom is a big part of the Padres offense. There’s no questioning that.
However, they have been outscored 33-42 in May, highlighted by lopsided shutout losses to the Marlins and Cubs in a three-day span.
Both recently back from injury, Wil Myers and Luke Voit haven’t produced the way the Padres had hoped coming into this year. Voit was acquired just before spring training to serve as the team’s DH while giving Hosmer a backup at first base. However, the former New York Yankee is hitting just .130 over his last seven games. He hit two home runs on Wednesday, but Voit continues to strike out at a 29 percent clip.
Myers is back from a thumb injury, but the former third overall pick in 2009 is still looking for his first longball of the year. He’s hitting .214 over his last 15 games and went 0-for-5 on Wednesday.
“I think we’ve done a good job at holding our ground until those guys came back,” Hosmer said of Voit and Myers. “We’re winning games. Maybe the offense isn’t putting up the overall numbers that we want, but we’re winning games. Now we get those guys back, so hopefully we can take off from here.”
Myers hit .256 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 146 games last year. Voit had a down year in 2021, hitting just .239 in New York last season. He led the league with 22 home runs and a .277 average in the shortened 2020 season. The Padres don’t need Voit and Myers to play at an MVP level. They just need to return to career norms or be close to them.
“It lengthens the lineup,” Cronenworth said after Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Cubs. “It’s two huge bats in the lineup, Luke with some walks tonight, Wil with the big hit in the first inning. It was one of those things, we’re missing two really good players, and now they’re back. It’s awesome to have them back.”
Add in an uptick in production from Cronenworth and Kim, and the Padres offense should be well-balanced when Tatis returns to the lineup.