The San Diego Padres are suffering from severe batting sluggishness at the beginning of the season. Director Bob Melvin shared his thoughts on this.
In an interview held on the 18th (Korean time) after losing the home game 0-2 to the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, Melvin said, “We are experiencing a difficult situation right now,” and said about the sluggish batting line.
On this day, the San Diego lineup hit 6 hits against Atlanta pitchers, including opposing starter Max Fried, but failed to pick up a single point. In scoring position, he recorded no hits in 4 at-bats and 6 left bases.먹튀검증
No luck either. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with 1 out, 1st and 2nd base, Manny Machado’s strong ball hit the second baseman and turned into a double stroke. This day was their last chance.
Melvin said, “Machado hit the ball hard, but it became a double hit as he went straight to the second baseman. Especially when the opportunity comes, he seems to have difficulty attacking.”
“I don’t think the players feel any pressure,” he said. The attack is going through a difficult situation. I have dealt with good pitchers, but I still expect to inflict damage on the opponent.”
Even last season, San Diego experienced a slump in the second half after signing Juan Soto and Josh Bell.
“Every season is different,” he said. In the case of last year, we showed good form in the beginning, and became a better team with the signing of players in the second half, but we struggled in attack. However, we were able to finish the season in a pretty good position,” he said. “The mindset we have is that we will go through these moments when we play a long season. We have to find a way out,” he continued.
“It is not yet the time to despair. The timing at the beginning of the season is not good. Expectations are high, but the start is not good. I think the players included in the other line have an opportunity to attack at any time, but at the beginning of the season, they have not yet been able to show that,” he expressed regret.
The pitchers at least showed hope. Starter Ryan Weathers gave up two runs in six innings, followed by Brent Honeywell and Reese Knair with no runs in the rest of the innings.
Melvin, who said, “I saw hope” in the pitchers’ strong pitching, said of Weathers in particular, “I gave up two runs in the beginning, and then I was put into a difficult situation against the same batter who allowed a home run in the second half, but I overcame it well. good for him He would have gained confidence,” he said, sparing no praise.
“I focused on each ball,” Weathers said. The pitch was good and the result was obtained,” he said about the mound that day. He said, “I was trying to give the team a chance to win. Because that’s my job,” he said, adding that he tried to stick to his starting role.
With Joe Musgrove about to return, it is unclear whether he will remain in the starting rotation, but he raised his voice that he is ready to accept a switch to the bullpen, saying, “I am ready if I can help win in any role.”