Well, this is awkward...
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy bashing Ian Kinsler’s complete lack of offense this season. After getting two hits yesterday (with some gaffes on the basepaths to even things out), the San Diego Padres veteran second baseman decided to destroy the Atlanta Braves with his bat today.
If that cup of coffee didn't quite wake you up, maybe this homer can get you going ☕️#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/OylC6i35No— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 2, 2019
I bet Ted Leitner gave that one a hearty “BYE-BYE!”
Kinsler wasn’t done...
Everybody eats #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/r4uF9oEYY9— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 2, 2019
And once the rest of the Padres realized they were being outhit by a guy with a .151 batting average before the game, they woke up...
TEN runs in TWO innings
You read that right.
Five-run innings are fun so we decided to do it again.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 2, 2019
This time with a team cycle in consecutive ABs! #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/GEcaOifyAF
The fifth inning was a fun one. The Padres scored 5 runs and only Kinsler (yup, him again) got something bigger than a single.
The 6th inning started with a lineout, a Kinsler double (yes, again), and a strikeout. The next four hitters went double-single-triple-homer. That’s one way to get a rally going.
Strahm the stud
Here’s a weird stat:
With his 6 IP today in ATL, Matt Strahm became first #Padres pitcher to go 4 consecutive starts of at least 5 IP w/o walking a batter since Greg Maddux went eight straight in 2007.— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) May 2, 2019
Strahm threw a 1st-pitch strike to 21 of 25 Braves batters and never went to 3 balls in a count.
Yup, no big deal. Just Matt Strahm being Greg Maddux-like.
Since his disastrous first start, here’s what Strahm has done:
- 5 IP, 1 ER
- 5 IP, 0 ER
- 8 IP, 1 ER
- 6 IP, 2 ER
- 6 IP, 2 ER
Five consecutive quality starts is nice, and Strahm probably could’ve gone 7 or 8 innings today but there was no reason to push him with such a big lead.
It’s time to start talking about Strahm like he’s one of the 2 best starters in the rotation. He’s proving it every time he gets on the mound lately.