Who’s hot and who’s not for Padres: August 1-7

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The San Diego Padres went 4-4 in an uneven week that ended with being swept by the Dodgers in LA.

Which players had a standout week and who struggled?

Hot

Jake Cronenworth

Even though his average left something to be desired, at .208, Cronenworth delivered on multiple occasions this week. He finished withan .825 OPS and was one of just two Padres with multiple homers over the last week.

Trent Grisham

Grisham has desperately needed to break out. This week, it happed. He batted just .227 but had a team high 1.028 OPS. This was thanks to three homers over the eight games, which led the squad. That was punctuated by a walk-off homer in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rockies.

Jurickson Profar

Profar was the most consistent hitter all week, batting .324. He added a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. He collected seven hits in one day, getting five in the first game of the double header and amassing two more in the nightcap. He did a little bit of everything this week.

Blake Snell

In a week where the starting pitching was at its lowest point all season, Snell was a lone bright spot. He tossed six solid innings in Wednesday’s 9-1 win over Colorado. He allowed just one run with zero walks while striking out nine. It was the first time in his 13 starts this season that he did not surrender a walk.

Juan Soto

This will take some getting used to. Yes, Soto is a Padre. It still hasn’t completely sunk in. Even though the Padres are 1-4 with him in the lineup, it’s hardly been his fault. He is yet to strike out in a Padres uniform and is batting .313 with a .976 OPS in those five games. He knows how to get on base, and with the Padres thus far, he has at a .476 clip.

Not

Jorge Alfaro

The at bats for Alfaro have dwindled of late. He hit .200 with a lowly .388 OPS in 16 plate appearances this week. He hasn’t had an extra-base hit since July 26.

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Sean Manaea

Frankly, the starting pitching was mostly a disaster over the weekend. Manaea is in the middle of a tough stretch. In six starts since the start of July, he owns a 7.14 ERA. That came to a head Friday night against the Dodgers, when he was knocked around for eight earned runs in the 8-1 loss.

Joe Musgrove

Unfortunately, Musgrove has not been much better. It’s extra disappointing considering the ink is barely dry on a new five-year, $100 million extension for him to be a Padre through 2027. He has shown the ability to bounce back and he will need to do just that. In his last eight starts, he owns a 5.25 ERA. He suffered the only loss of the week to the Rockies, when he surrendered six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings.

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1 thought on “Who’s hot and who’s not for Padres: August 1-7

  1. The same thing happened last year, the pitching was overused in the first part of the season, which led to their implosion in the second half. Here we go again.

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