Lucchesi makes mistakes
Joey Lucchesi didn’t necessarily look like he didn’t have it against the Colorado Rockies, as much as he looked inconsistent. While he was mowing through some hitters, he’d make mistakes and leave meatballs out over the plate to others.
“Joey Fuego” gave up 2 solo HRs to Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado, as well as a couple of doubles, and now has an ERA over 5. His trajectory this season (starting off hot and slowly getting worse) has followed Eric Lauer’s and is probably a sign that both guys need to get back in the lab with the pitching coach.
The offense has some holes
As per usual, the San Diego Padres can hit some home runs. Just like the Rockies, they too got a couple of solo bombs in this one...
Including this historic one for Wil Myers...
Meanwhile, the Padre have three regular starters that currently have batting averages of .203 or lower (Eric Hosmer, Austin Hedges, Luis Urias/Ian Kinsler). This is a big reason why the team has been forced to rely on nearly-perfect pitching almost every game to walk away with the victory.
Hedges is your #8 hitter and, while he needs to do better than this, you live with his bat because of everything else he does. Urias will come around, it’s very early yet.
Eric Hosmer is making $20 million this year. He’s the 6th highest paid first baseman in all of baseball. His leadership is great, but they need him to do something when he gets into the batter’s box. His OPS is an abysmal .568. He went 0-3 with a walk against Colorado.
The defense is still great
This is why you live with Hedges and Urias not doing a lot at the plate right now:
Wow wow wow wow wow. I have no other words. That’s incredible.
Plays like this are almost becoming routine for Fernando Tatis Jr., which is about the highest compliment I can pay to the defense of a 20-year old who has been in the majors for about three weeks.