The San Diego Padres knew it wouldn’t be easy without third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Yasmani Grandal in the lineup to begin the 2013 season. Headley is expected to be out until May with a fractured left thumb, while Grandal will return after serving a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug agreement this offseason.
However, after four games, the Padres offense is even worse than expected. Watching the San Diego Padres right now is like watching an international soccer match; when the other team reaches two runs, you start to doubt that the Padres can win. When the other team gets to three, you know that a loss is all but assured.
After four games, the offensive numbers are dismal. San Diego is batting .172, slugging .237, an on base percentage of .257 and have only scored eight runs.
On Friday, the Padres got off to a good start by scoring a run in the top half of the first at the Colorado Rockies, but would only manage one more run for the rest of the game in a 5-2 loss in the Rockies 2013 home debut.
The biggest problem right now is the five through eight hitters in the Padres lineup. Rookie second basemen Jedd Gyorko struggled badly Friday, going 0-4 while striking out three times in four at-bats. Three of those at-bats came with runners in scoring position. He is now batting .188 on the young season.
Padres center-fielder Cameron Maybin collected his first hit of the year on Friday, but is batting only .077 in 13.
Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who had a great spring batting .358 with three home runs, has reverted to his 2012 form early this season. Hundley is hitting .167 with only two hits in his first twelve at-bats. In 2012, Hundley hit only .157, in an injury-riddled season.
San Diego manager Bud Black will have to continue to tinker with lineup combinations and his starting lineup this weekend to try and jump-start this roster. Otherwise, by the time Headley and Grandal return, the Padres will already be buried in the standings very early in the season.