Paddack makes two mistakes
All things told, Chris Paddack was pretty good against the Cincinnati Reds. He threw 6 innings, gave up 3 earned runs, and walked only 1 while striking out 5.
The day would’ve been a lot better had he avoided making two mistakes. The first one was on the third pitch of the game, an 0-2 fastball that caught way too much of the plate for Joey Votto.
There were no more runs scored between that and the 5th inning, when Tucker Barnhart sat all over a first-pitch fastball down the center of the strike zone:
Again, not a bad outing for Paddack. Just not a perfect one. And he needs to be perfect these days because...
The Padres offense stinks right now
San Diego had their leadoff hitter on base almost every inning, and yet they were only able to knock one run in. It seemed like the Reds were able to get double-play balls or strikeouts whenever they needed them, with the Padres batters finishing 1-6 with runners in scoring position.
Padres pitchers have hit .107 this season. The catchers sport a .162 average. The second basemen are batting .151. Luis Urías did just work a nine-pitch walk.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 19, 2019
Eric Hosmer, now hitting .197, must feel like a giant when he looks around at Austin Hedges (.186) and Luis Urias (.091).
Where art thou, Wil Myers?
Wil Myers has been the best, or maybe second best, hitter on the Padres so far this season. He was scratched from today’s game, and never really threatened to come in off the bench despite numerous pinch-hit opportunities.
I thought I saw a report that Myers was out due to illness, but I can’t find it now, so it’s possible that I dreamt it. Either way, this team needs a bat like his in the lineup to win. Hopefully, he’s back tomorrow.