Padres must address defense before 2020

Notes on 8-run starts, Myers, Urías, France, Lucchesi

September 14th, 2019

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

One part of the Padres' game that will have to be studied over the winter is defense.

Going into the season, team defense figured to be a plus for the Padres. After all, the infield included three former Gold Glovers in first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Ian Kinsler and third baseman Manny Machado. Rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was also a highlight video unto himself when not injured.

Overall, however, the Padres rank next to last in the National League in fielding percentage (.980) and rank second in errors (105). Meanwhile, the Padres have turned the fewest double plays with 93 ... which is eight below the next lowest club.

Hosmer has made 12 errors at first base this season, while Machado has committed 14 at third. Tatis had 18 errors at short, and Luis Urias has seven errors in his past 17 games.


• The Padres have given up 83 runs in eight games at Coors Field this season -- an average of 10.4 runs per game.

• Left-hander Joey Lucchesi gave up a career-high eight runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings on Friday night, marking the sixth time this season that Padres pitchers have given up eight or more runs in a start. Righty Cal Quantrill has given up eight runs in each of his last three outings, while Nick Margevicius and Eric Lauer have each given up eight or more runs in a start. Three of those eight-run starts (Lucchesi, Lauer and Margevicius) have come at Coors Field.

• Infielder Ty France had a two-run, pinch-hit single on Friday night. He is 6-for-15 (.400) as a pinch-hitter this season, with a double, three RBIs and a walk.

• Shortstop Luis Urías was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored on Friday night in Denver to his extend his career-best hitting streak to seven games. He is 11-for-26 (.423) during the streak, with the double, three walks, four RBIs and four runs scored.

• Outfielder Wil Myers was 2-for-4 on Friday night with a double, a walk and a run scored and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. He is 18-for-42 during the run, with three doubles, three triples, three walks, 10 RBIs, six runs scored and a pair of stolen bases -- good for a .429/.457/.714/1.171 slash line.