Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.Here are some further notes on rookies Christian Villanueva and Franchy Cordero from Saturday night starting with home run frequency.Villanueva has eight home runs in 69 at-bats this season -- or one every 8.6 at-bats. Cordero has
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Here are some further notes on rookies Christian Villanueva and Franchy Cordero from Saturday night starting with home run frequency.
Villanueva has eight home runs in 69 at-bats this season -- or one every 8.6 at-bats. Cordero has six in 59 -- or one every 9.8 at-bats.
And those trends started last season.
Villanueva has 12 homers in 101 Major League at-bats -- or one every 8.4 at-bats. And Cordero has 15 in 151 at-bats -- or one every 10.01.
Were those career numbers projected over a full season of, say, 500 at-bats, it would be 60 home runs for Villanueva and 50 for Cordero.
Some further notes on each Padre:
Villanueva is 17-for-36 (.472) during his 11-game hitting streak with three doubles and five homers for 12 RBIs, 11 runs scored and seven walks. That is a .558 on-base percentage, a .972 slugging percentage and a 1.530 OPS during the streak. The 11-game hitting streak is the longest by a Padres rookie since Jesus Guzman hit in 12 straight games in 2011. Of course, the longest hitting streak ever by a Padres rookie is the 34-game streak by catcher Benito Santiago in 1987 that also doubles as the longest hitting streak in Padres history.
Cordero, who ranks second among all Major League rookies in homers to teammate Villanueva, is the only player in the Major Leagues this season with three homers over 450 feet. His three longest blasts have traveled 489, 456 and 453 feet (or 459 feet depending on which tracker you follow at Petco Park).
• Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi had allowed only one hit through five shutout innings Saturday before giving up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth with the Padres safely ahead. Lucchesi's ERA of 2.78 is the lowest among the Padres starting pitchers and his 3-1 mark is the only winning record on the Padres. His 32 1/3 innings is also the second-highest total on the Padres' staff to Clayton Richard's 33 2/3.
• C Austin Hedges was 3-for-4 with a double and a career-high five RBIs Saturday night. In a single game, Hedges doubled his season RBI total and raised his batting average 33 points from .143 to .176.
• OF William Myers was playing in only his seventh game since returning from the disabled list when he departed Saturday night's game with a left oblique strain. Myers was 9-for-28 with three doubles since returning from the nerve problem in his right arm on April 20. He was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique Sunday morning, and outfielder Travis Jankowski was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
• CF Manuel Margot had his first two-hit game of the season Saturday night with a double and triple and two RBIs.