Though the San Diego Padres have long been out of the playoff race in the National League, a few of their players have made for interesting storylines here in August. One of the more noticeable players here in the second half has been Will Venable, who has been simply outstanding for San Diego.
Venable’s success in the second half was given some validation when he was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of August 12th through the 18th. He’s working on a 15-game hit streak at this point, a career best. But his recent success goes far beyond that.
Venable’s numbers on the season are solid, though they’d likely be disappointing if it weren’t for his strong second half performance. He’s hitting at a .266 clip for the season, getting on base at a .308 rate, and has popped 17 home runs on the season. His wRC+ is at an exciting 123 for the year.
In the month of August alone, Venable has gone for five home runs and has knocked in a dozen runs. He’s hitting .377 for the month, and .370 in the second half overall, and has over half as many steals in this month alone (five) as he did throughout the rest of the season.
Venable has been showing an ability to use the whole field, which is part of what has helped him run his hit streak up to this point, and have so much success. Over the past week, in which he was named NL Player of the Week, Venable has hit over .400, including a walkoff home run on Sunday.
It’s definitely encouraging to see Venable playing as well as he is right now. Over the course of his career, he’s never been a guy that has quite been able to put it together. While he’s no spring chicken at this point in his career, it’s nice to see him catching fire, and we’ll have to see if he’s able to string this recent stretch into any sort of success in the long term.