SAN FRANCISCO -- William Myers never enjoyed hitting at AT&T Park before 2017. In this certified pitchers' paradise, few hitters do.But with Myers locked in as a fixture in the National League West for years to come, something needed to change. In April, Myers -- who homered again in the
SAN FRANCISCO -- William Myers never enjoyed hitting at AT&T Park before 2017. In this certified pitchers' paradise, few hitters do.
But with Myers locked in as a fixture in the National League West for years to come, something needed to change. In April, Myers -- who homered again in the Padres' 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday -- made certain it would.
"I just told myself I was going to enjoy hitting here," Myers said.
The fix was simple enough, in Myers' eyes: He merely needed to tweak his mindset toward playing games in San Francisco. It's worked to perfection.
Myers entered the season hitting .200 (8-for-40) with one homer in 12 career games in San Francisco. In seven games this season, he's launched five homers, and he's slugging .728.
On the strength of his career-best three-game homer streak, Myers is now the second opposing player to hit five home runs in a single season at AT&T Park (joining Nolan Arenado in 2015). His five homers here are more than every Giants hitter this season, except Brandon Belt.
"Last year, I kind of dreaded coming here," Myers said. "It's a pitchers' ballpark, and they have great pitchers. But one thing I did this year was just really get excited to play here. That's the mindset that you've got to have."
All three of Myers homers this weekend came with two strikes, and Sunday's blast was easily the farthest of the bunch. In the top of the first inning, he worked the count full against Giants starter Ty Blach, before somehow turning around a changeup on the outside corner and smashing it 20 rows deep into the left-center-field bleachers.
The ball traveled a projected 453 feet, tying the longest home run tracked by Statcast™ in Myers' career. The first baseman also set a new standard for right-handed batters league-wide: According to Stacast's detailed zone metric, it ranks as the farthest homer pulled by a righty off a pitch on the outside edge of the strike zone since the technology was first launched in 2015. The Orioles' Manny Machado was the previous record-holder after smashing an outside-edge pitch a projected 446 feet on Aug. 8 of last year.
"I've been rolling over on so many balls lately, fouling balls off," Myers said. "... I was just trying to shoot a ball the other way, and I was able to keep my hands back."
Said Blach: "He did a good job of putting a good swing on a good pitch."
It was the latest sign that Myers has turned a corner after his midsummer swoon. He's riding a six-game hitting streak (with homers in four of those contests). In the month leading up to that streak, Myers was batting .203 with just two home runs.
"He's climbing back," said Padres skipper Andy Green. "He's got 20 home runs right now. It's not yet August. He's on pace to have a very similar year to what he had last year. But still, I think there's more in there. He'd be the first to tell you. ... He's getting closer. He's moving in the right direction."
Maybe it was the road trip that helped Myers shake out of his funk. After all, Myers has always raked at Coors Field, where the Padres played three games earlier this week.
As for AT&T Park...
"It's a great atmosphere," Myers said. "It's a fun park to play in if you just go out and enjoy it instead of dreading not being able to hit here."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.