Most Padres runs coming on long ball in 2017

Club on franchise-record home run pace

May 14th, 2017

The Padres have hit three home runs in each of the last two games while scoring a total of 10 runs -- continuing an unsustainable trend.
The Padres have scored 137 runs in the season's first 38 games. Seventy-two of those runs have come via the home run.
That's 52.6 percent of the runs scored by the Padres this season. And while the home run total is impressive -- the Padres are on pace to hit 216 homers this season a year after setting a franchise record with 177 -- it also raises concerns.

The Padres have not done a good job of getting on base and creating runs without the home run, which raises red flags.
Manager Andy Green acknowledges that the Padres must do a better job of creating runs outside the homer -- in other words, getting runners on base, moving them along and getting them home in situational hitting.
That means drawing more walks - the Padres have 107, which ranks 23rd in the Majors -- as well as hits (278, 24th in the Majors) and doing a better job hitting with runners in scoring position.
Game notes
Left-hander Brad Hand was tagged with a loss in three of his last five outings. In that span, Hand has allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Two of the three losses came in outings when he was asked to go more than one inning. His earned run average has climbed from 0.64 to 1.71.
Left-hander has been scored upon in only one of his last nine outings covering 7 2/3 innings. He has given up two runs on seven hits and no walks with nine strikeouts during the run. His ERA has dropped from 7.56 to 5.06 since April 22.
Rule 5 rookie is 5-for-10 with Saturday night's solo homer in three starts over the past five games. He also drew a walk. Córdoba is now hitting .283 after never having played anywhere above rookie ball before 2017.
Right fielder has drawn walks in three straight games and a total of six walks in his past 26 plate appearances after drawing only two walks in his first 31 games of the season.
Third baseman is in another slump, going 2-for-19 in his last five games with eight strikeouts. Second baseman is also struggling, going 3-for-31 with one RBI and no extra-base hits in his last nine games.