The bats started clicking a little better on Sunday for the San Diego Padres in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite the Padres’ setback, it was encouraging for the coaches to see the San Diego bats come alive.
Everyone for the Padres needs to pick up his hitting as much as possible, and that includes Alexi Amarista, who continues to have one of his better seasons in the MLB.
Amarista has a career batting mark of .240, but he’s picked up his hitting this season in 89 games to .262 with five home runs, 24 RBIs, nine doubles and three triples. His slugging percentage is .408. But it would obviously help the Padres for Amarista to increase all of his numbers.
Amarista’s bat has delivered four multi-hit games in the last 10. He’s getting on base more often which is a major positive for the Padres.
As a center fielder for the Padres, Amarista needs to help the defense stay strong during the current slump and not give up any unnecessary runs. San Diego needs to force the opposition to earn runs without getting any help from the Padre defense.
The Padre offense has shown life the last few games, but the slump continues for the Padres, who are at 43-56. There’s 61 games left and plenty of time for the Padres to make a lot of noise in the National League. But time is running out and the current skid has to be stopped. If Amarista and his teammates can keep sticking the ball, the runs will keep coming and so will the wins.