The slumping Padres at 12-20 are off to a rough start and have lost 4 straight. An unlikely rain storm in San Diego prevented the Padres from losing 5 in a row.
For comparison, the 2016 Padres were a tad better and at the same point were 13-20. Its sad to see the Padres playing the way they are, no set game plan, poor managerial decisions, below par pitching by the starting pitchers and repeated fielding errors.We are only 32 games into the season but it is time for the Padre think tank to start making changes before it is too late.
3 tough moves the Padres will have to make if they have to salvage something from the 2017 season are
- Slash the BLASH - In 27 AB's this season, Jabari Blash is averaging a meager 0.111 with only 3 hits and 1 HR. He has only 1 run batted in all season. More importantly for someone following the Padres closely, Blash has often stranded runners at scoring positions and at crucial junctures succumbed to double plays. It is time for Green to end the Blash experiment.
- Leave the WEAVER - Jared Weaver is 0-3 and is conceding Home runs generously in every inning he pitches, His abysmal ERA of 5.52 is not the league worst but could have been far lower, Also Weaver is not getting any younger and is more of a bane and pain for the up and coming young Padre roster.
- Hone the GREEN - Andy Green seems to be reactive more than proactive, He needs to pull off the starters earlier rather than wait for them to concede a couple of runs. He needs to try changing the batting line up to produce more runs. Margot seems to be hitting very well, He could move lower in the batting order to fetch more runs, Schimpf likewise is striking brilliantly off late and has already homered 8 times and is likely to clear the fence more than any other Padre, Green will have to think better for the Padres to live better.