By Nick Ziegler @ziggy26x on August 27, 2014
The 2014 season has been yet again another losing season for the San Diego Padres. The pitching staff has been good for the most part in the spacious Petco Park, but the offense has been awful this season. Here are five things that went wrong for the Padres in 2014.
Tyson Ross has emerged as a very talented pitcher this season, but sadly he should have a much better record than he does. In games that Ross started, the Padres only averaged 3.57 runs per game, which places him 12th lowest in the NL in run support. Ross is 12-12 this season despite being sixth in the NL in ERA.
Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was an All-Star in 2013, has been just another disappointing hitter for San Diego this season. Injuries have slowed down Cabrera this season, as he has only played in 90 games thus far. Hitting just .232 this season as a leadoff hitter is one of the main reasons for the Padres’ struggles on offense
After a very nice rookie season for Jedd Gyorko, his second season was the total opposite with injuries and poor play. In 2013, Gyorko batted .249 with 23 homeruns and 63 RBIs in just 125 games. This season the Padres have not seen those type of numbers from Gyorko, as he is hitting below .200 with nine home runs so far.
Not having your ace for most of the season will reflect on a team’s record, and it has for the Padres without Andrew Cashner. This season, Cashner has only made 13 starts, and although he has a 2.43 ERA, he is 2-6 on the season. The shoulder injury was bad for the Padres and Cashner, as it kept him out for just over two months during the summer.
You name the category of hitting, and the Padres have been bad at it this season. They are last in the MLB in runs scored, slugging percentage, batting average, and on base percentage. Pitching has been a strong point for the team this year, but in order to win baseball games you can’t be anemic on offense.
Nick Ziegler is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ziggy26x and add him to your network on Google.
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