Green: Padres too reliant on homers

May 11th, 2017

ARLINGTON -- No manager would complain about his team hitting too many home runs, but for Padres skipper Andy Green, the problem is that his offense is scoring far too many of its runs via the long ball.

To Green, the Padres aren't scoring enough runs the old-fashioned way -- manufacturing them station-to-station, getting base hits with runners in scoring position and taking advantage of what pitchers give them instead of swinging for the fences.

Counting two solo homers in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday, the Padres have scored the majority of their runs this season on home runs. At 52.8 percent (66 of 125 runs), it was the highest percentage of homer-produced runs in the National League entering Thursday.

"You can't rely on the home run every single day," Green said. "You're not going to get enough of them and score enough runs to win. That's consistently why you look up, I think we've only been shut out one time this year, but we see a lot of one, two and three-run games from our offense."

San Diego is 2-20 this season when it scores three runs or fewer.

"Those aren't winning offenses," Green said.

The Padres began the day sixth in the NL with 44 homers in 35 games. That put them on pace to hit 204 this season and demolish the club record of 177 dingers from 2016. led the team with nine homers, followed by at eight and at seven.

But entering Thursday, the Padres were last in the NL in batting average (.219) and on-base percentage (.283). With runners in scoring position, they're also last in the NL in batting (.219), on-base percentage (.301) and RBIs (73).

"You want a winning offense, you get guys on first and second, you need to get a bunt down, you get the bunt down," Green said. "If you get a guy on third with less than two outs, you get the guy in. When you need contact, you get contact. That's been our Achilles' heel offensively.

"If we change that, with the power we have, we'll be a very good offensive baseball club. Our guys, they know that, they give intellectual assent to that idea -- now it's like, how do we go out and do it and do it consistently?"

Worth noting

Left-handed reliever left Wednesday's game after taking a line drive directly to his right wrist, and Green said the Padres were initially worried it could be a serious injury before finding out Torres was OK.

"He took it hard yesterday, that ball was squared up and he knocked it down completely with his wrist," Green said. "We were nervous at the beginning, but he's ready and available to pitch. It's his right wrist, so his left hand, his throwing hand, is fine, so he's good to go. It was stung, no doubt about it. … You knew it caught him very flush and we're very thankful it's not broken.

"If it had caught off the bone, he wouldn't have had a chance," Green said.