Bullpen struggles have countered Padres gains

Notes on Margot, Naylor, Myers, Hosmer, Tatis

June 25th, 2019

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Sadly, the numbers don’t lie.

Since June 1, the Padres’ bullpen earned run average is 6.54. Over the past 86 2/3 innings worked by Padres relief pitchers, opposing teams have 103 hits and 30 walks for a 1.53 WHIP and a .296 opponents’ batting average.

Even closer Kirby Yates gave up his first earned run of the season in a save situation Sunday in Pittsburgh – although it was two unearned runs that led to his first blown save. Overall, Yates has given up two earned runs in seven outings in June.

Other Padres relievers have not been so effective.

• Usually reliable right-handed setup reliever Craig Stammen has given up 11 runs this month on 16 hits and five walks in 8 1/3 innings.

• RHP Matt Wisler came up big in a pair of wins. But overall in June, he has allowed 10 runs on 14 hits and five walks in 8 1/3 innings.

• RHP Trey Wingenter also made two excellent stands in wins. Overall, however, he has given up seven runs on five hits and six walks in 11 2/3 innings this month.

• LHP Brad Wieck returned from Triple-A El Paso on June 16 to pitch a perfect inning in the 14-13 comeback win at Colorado. But overall this month, five runs allowed on seven hits in five innings.

• RHP Phil Maton has given up six runs on eight hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings since returning from El Paso.

• And RHP Gerardo Reyes allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings before returning to El Paso. Ironically, he was credited with the win in two of those six appearances.

NOTEBOOK

• Manuel Margot has hit safely in six of the last seven games in which he’s had an at-bat. He is 6-for-17 with three doubles and two stolen bases with five runs scored. His batting average has climbed from .224 to .238 during the surge.

• Josh Naylor has drawn six walks in his most recent 17 plate appearances over the past six games after drawing no walks in his first 19 Major League games covering 61 plate appearances.

• Wil Myers has hit another bump in the road. He is 1-for-15 with one double, no RBIs and no runs scored with seven strikeouts since going on a 7-for-21 spurt June 13-16 at Colorado. His batting average is back down to his season low of .219.

• Eric Hosmer has 15 RBIs over his last 12 games.

• Fernando Tatis Jr. has scored 15 runs over his last 12 games.