Carlos Quentin has been among the top hitters for the San Diego Padres this season, but the outfielder and his teammates right now don’t care about season stats. They just want their bats to start clicking at the same time so the Padres can get some wins on the board.
In a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday, the Padres didn’t score until the seventh inning. It’s during slumps like this when Quentin, who has been swinging a decent bat, needs to come through. It’s not that he deserves any more blame than anybody else for San Diego’s 10-game losing skid, but the Padres, at 40-50, are slowly sinking into a hole that won’t be easy to get out of even though it’s still only July and plenty of time is there to turn things around.
Quentin, at .276, had one of the best batting averages of any Padres hitter in Monday’s starting lineup. He had one hit and no RBIs. What would it take to get the Padres out of their slump? Someone needs to have a big game at the plate. Quentin is among the Padres capable of having one, but it’s got to come right away before the Padres slump gets worse. He’s had 10 home runs but just 29 RBIs. His batting average this season is higher than his career mark, but if Quentin and his teammates don’t start driving in more runs, it’s going to be time to start making some major lineup changes.