Gyorko, in his first MLB season, is batting .272 going into the All-Star break with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games. He’s giving the Padres solid contributions at second base and is looking for a strong second half of the season.
But like other Padres, he needs to snap out of a hitting slump from recent games. He had an excellent series against the Colorado Rockies. He was 6-for-10 in the first two games, but then his slump started with a 2-for-10 clip in the next two games. In three games against the San Francisco Giants, he was 0-for-11.
Gyorko is receiving a quick education. Things can go very well one minute and not too well the next. Players have to adjust to it, as Gyorko is finding out, and how well he makes that adjustment will determine the success he has for the rest of the season. He’s finding out in a hurry that it doesn’t pay to get frustrated when he’s trying to work his way out of out a hitting slump.
It’s also an adjustment the Padres hope he finds successfully. The team has struggled in recent weeks especially with its hitting, and needs Gyorko and his teammates to start swinging a hot bat again.