The offense struggles again
After losing their best offensive player (Fernando Tatis Jr.) to an injury, the San Diego Padres have really struggled to get their offense going. It was no different against the Atlanta Braves tonight.
The Padres struck out 11 times and scored just once, on a Manny Machado solo home run.
In the 8th inning, the Padres (trailing by 4) got the bases loaded with just no outs. It did not end well.
Quantrill’s major-league debut
Cal Quantrill looked solid in his debut with the San Diego Padres, and ended up putting up a stat line that looks very similar to the stat lines he was putting up for the El Paso Chihuahuas.
Can we stop with Kinsler?
Good news: Ian Kinsler got two hits in this game! That gets his batting average over .150 (it’s now .151). As the only player on the Padres with multiple hits in this one, he deserved some sort of credit for that.
Bad news: Kinsler is as bad on the bases as he has been in the batters’ box. After getting a single early on, he got easily picked off of first base before the pitcher even threw a pitch to Cal Quantrill.
Later, Kinsler got thrown out at home on a bang-bang play that could’ve possibly been avoided had he not stopped to look at the ball.
Kinsler really does have remarkably poor baseball instincts for a 14-year veteran. Short lead + hesitation on contact + unnecessary focus on pitcher down the line. https://t.co/W3EyVNKAOV— Sac Bunt Dustin (@sacbuntdustin) May 2, 2019
Even when Kinsler does get on base, it seems like he’s finding ways to hurt this offense right now.
Those young Braves
You could make an argument that the Braves and Padres followed the same path to get to where they are, but the Braves are a year ahead of the Padres’ schedule.
As such, they already have their young middle infielders performing at the major-league level. Dansby Swanson picked up 3 RBIs in this game, including a 2-run HR, and Ozzie Albies picked up an RBI of his own while hitting a double and a triple.