Yonder Alonso Will Ignite San Diego Padre Offense If He Stays Healthy

By John Raffel
Christopher Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

If Yonder Alonso and the San Diego Padres can hit the ball the way they did in the late going in Friday’s 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, they might be okay for the second half of the season.

The Padres scored late but dug themselves in too big of a hole and lost in their first game since coming back from the MLB All-Star break.

The Padres suffered a major blow in early June when Alonso fractured his hand and missed a month of action. Alonso is critical for the Padres to have a successful season, and he showed why on Friday, going 2-for-5 with one RBI. It was his first RBI since returning from the DL. The Padres enjoyed watching him swing a healthy bat. Alonso came back to the lineup on July 12, and he played three games prior to the All-Star break. He’s looking good and ready to go. It appears Alonso is set to help the team.

Alonso gives the Padres good numbers whenever he’s in the lineup. In 58 games this season, he’s batting .275 with six homers and 30 RBIs.

Last season, in 155 games, he batted .275 with nine homers and 62 RBIs. He’s hoping to get those numbers much higher this season in order to help the Padres be a more competitive team.

Alonso is very capable of hitting the ball well and being productive, if he stays healthy. The Padres can’t afford having him go back on the DL. They need a full lineup if they figure on being a factor in their division for the rest of the season.

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