Chris Denorfia's Batting Slump Should Be Of Concern For San Diego Padres

By John Raffel
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Denorfia is a prime example of a San Diego Padres player who, like most of his teammates, has not been hitting the ball too well lately.

No wonder the Padres are 40-43 and continuing to slide under the .500 mark. On Monday night, the Padres only got three hits in a 4-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. Denorfia struck out twice and never got on base. In fact, the Padres had five baserunners and left them all stranded.

The Padres’ pitching has been decent recently. It’s the hitting that was the villain on Monday. Denorfia had usually been reliable for the Padres. Even after Monday’s game, he was at .271 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. But in his last 10 games, Denorfia has not been hitting well for the Padres and they’re not getting much production at whichever spot that the team has put him in. He’s 7-of-30 for a .233 BA with four RBI and four runs scored.

When a hitter in the lineup has only four runs scored in the last 10 games, that’s not good.

Denorfia needs to get on base more often and give the Padres’ hitters a chance to drive him home. If he doesn’t turn it around soon, the Padres coaching staff may want to make some adjustments in the batting lineup. In Denorfia’s defense, he has been delivering for the most part this season as his current average suggests. He needs to keep it going, as the Padres obviously need more offensive help these day.

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