San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley admitted after his team’s 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday that the Padres, 41-51, had a little hump to clear in trying to get back on the right track. Headley has a few humps of his own to clear, by the way.
Headley had two hits and an RBI in the game to boost his average four points to .231. He’s batting 38 points below his career batting average. He also scored a run and stole a base during the game. Ironically, his on-base percentage is down 24 points from his career mark. His slugging percentage is down 49 points.
Headley is a solid major league player, but he’s obviously not having a good season. That’s not good new for the Padres, who aren’t having a good season either. The 2012 breakout star was struggling even before the Padres started experiencing a down slide. 10 games ago, Headley was batting .221. He’s boosted that by 10 points in the last 10 games.
His fielding remains sound and the Padres need him in the lineup. They need him to bat his career average. With so many close losses, just an extra hit here or there could make a difference between winning and losing.
Headley admitted after one game he had been seeing a lot of offspeed pitches. Adjusting to that factor will be a key if he wants to boost his average. He needs to lead the way for his teammates and start hitting much better. If that happens, the Padres will get things turned around.