Padre Preview 05/05/17 – Castaways & Prospects
The Padres have been about as bad as I expected. The rotation of castaways is fulfilling their destiny but it is the offense that has been the bigger problem for the last place bound Padres.
According to FanGraphs, their starting pitching is 10th in the league which means five teams have been worse. Which is kind of surprising when you consider the rotation consists of Perdomo, Weaver, Cahill, Richard, and Chacin. Cahill and Perdomo have been effective, so maybe the Padres did find a future starter in Perdomo. No one really knew what they had with him being a Rule 5 pick in 2016 but he seems to be growing into this role. Everyone else is simply a placeholder.
The bullpen which I thought could be a strength is 9th in the NL but the closer Brandon Mauer and left-handed setup man Brad Hand are doing great work. Strangely enough, Quackenbush was recalled, hurled four scoreless innings, and was rewarded by being sent back to AAA. I guess they feel they have lots of better options. Of course, they do.
It is the offense, not the pitching that has the Padres fighting the Giants for the last place. They are 15th of 15 NL teams. With a team wOBA of .287 let’s find out who is underperforming.
It is not Wil Myers who is having a fantastic season and would be a slam dunk to be the lone All-Star rep for the Padres if not for the logjam of fantastic 1st baseman in the NL. Just to remind you who those are – Ryan Zimmerman (Mr. April), Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Thames, and Freddie fucking Freeman. The top six first baseman in wOBA are all NL 1st baseman.
Rookie CF Manuel Margot is holding his own as their leadoff hitter. He’s not setting the world on fire but he’s been adequate.
Solarte moved to 2nd base and he’s also been adequate at 2nd. He’s hitting, just not like he did in 2016.
Shortstop Erick Aybar has been bad, but he’s not the worst in the NL. That honor belongs to Dansby Swanson who got Dave Stewart a lot of flack when he was traded for Shelby Miller. Swanson will recover but man, has he sucked in 2017.
Ryan Schimpf is his own story. The man owns a .143 batting average but has an OBP over .300. They should change the three outcome award to the Ryan Schimpf award.
The biggest culprit is Hunter Renfroe the behemoth right fielder who crushed the Dodgers last Sept when they visited Petco. Renfroe has not been able to carry the Sept success into the 2017 season and currently sports a wOBA of .259. That is not the worst in the NL for right fielders, both Cargo and Granderson have struggled more.
Jabari Blash has been brought up to help play LF. The speedy Jankowski is on the DL. Jankowski had replaced the injured Alex Dickerson so now they are three deep on the depth chart. Jabari is big. That is all I got, he’s looks awful so far. Cory Spangenberg the infielder has also been playing a little LF and has been average so far. He looks like he could be an average player.
Austin Hedges started out slow got a little hot and hit a bunch of home runs in mid-late April but his offense over the last seven days has been non-existent.
Over the past seven days:
Myers 9 for 28, Spangenberg 7 for 21
Margot 6 for 25, 1 XBH, Aybar 5 for 24, 1 XBH, Hedges 4 for 23, 1BH, Renfroe 2 for 21, 1 XBH
|Travis Jankowski||Foot||10-Day DL|
|Jarred Cosart||Hamstring||10-Day DL|
|Carter Capps||Elbow||10-Day DL|
|Christian Friedrich||Side||10-Day DL|
|Buddy Baumann||Undisclosed||10-Day DL|
|Alex Dickerson||Back||60-Day DL|
|Robbie Erlin||Elbow||60-Day DL|