Kurt Suzuki's hitting streak reaches double digits
Suzuki is batting .303 (10 for 33) with one double, two RBI, two runs and two walks in his last 10 games (nine starts).
Free agency to blame for Jacoby Ellsbury's struggles?
The threat of his impending free agency could be negatively affecting
Ellsbury is hitting just .241/.303/.335 in 191 at-bats in the final year of his contract. Neither Shane Victorino nor manager John Farrell believes free agency has any impact on Ellsbury's stat line, and Farrell is not going to drop Ellsbury from the leadoff spot.
Victorino indicated he believes Ellbury will turn things around "He’s really not doing that bad. To be where he’s at right now, he hasn’t put himself in a hole," the outfielder said.
Mike Napoli admitted there is some extra pressure on players during their walk seasons. "It was more all the outside people. Your family, your friends, they’re like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to have a big year this year.'"
Ellsbury will have a chance to turn things around against White Sox starter Jose Quintana Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche's hit streak ends at 16 games
LaRoche is batting .382 (21 for 55) with two doubles, four home runs, nine walks, nine runs and 12 RBI during his hitting streak.
Shelby Miller frustrated by high pitch counts
Miller exceeded 100 pitches for the third time in four May starts and for the fifth time this season.
"Throwing 20 pitches every single inning is not what I'm here to do," Miller said, per MLB.com. "Facing a good hitting offense on a big league club, it's not going to be easy to just throw it and have then swing at it every single time. Something I have to realize is to get the ball around the zone and hopefully things happen better."
Outside of the complete-game shutout he threw May 10, Miller is averaging more than 17 pitches per inning in his eight other starts.
"There are some nights where they're picking it up a little bit better and fouling it off," manager Mike Matheny said. "They're still not squaring up a lot of them. I think taking some shots down in the bottom of the zone more often may be part of the way to help him because the foul balls are typically the ones at the top."
Home run total on the rise for Padres at PETCO Park
The surge in home runs coincide with the Padres moving in the outfield fences at PETCO Park in the offseason.
Padres' offense surging to top of the NL
"Offensively, I like the mix of players with different skill sets -- there's speed, there's average and there is power," Black said, per MLB.com. "There are a number of guys are getting into their career where their numbers should be stable and even improve. ... There should be a growth in performance."
Move down lineup sparks Jon Jay
Jay has been thriving since being moved out of the leadoff spot in the lineup. He has hit .215 in 19 games as the leadoff hitter, but he's hitting .250 or better batting second, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth. He's done exceptionally well hitting sixth (.385) or seventh (.407).
"Those numbers for his lack of production in the past were kind of false numbers," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He takes good at-bats. You don’t see him do much different with guys in scoring position. I know the year before last, he was known as a guy who wasn’t driving in runs. I think he’s proved to himself that he’s able to do that when the situation presents itself."
Giants mull replacements for Ryan Vogelsong
Manager Bruce Bochy said long reliever
Matt Joyce starting to come around in May
Joyce's average is only .265 during the month, but he's been a strong on-base threat, and is showing improved power. Joyce has three home runs this month, but has also added four doubles, bringing his slugging percentage to .531 during the month.
Joyce will continue to be platooned, and will only face righties. He's been a significantly better hitter against righties over his career, with a .266/.357/.501 slash line in 1,219 at-bats.
Calls for Ike Davis' demotion getting louder
It was another rough night Monday against the Reds for slumping
The calls for Davis, who is hitting .152, to be demoted to the minors are getting louder.
"That’s something that certainly we’ve considered as we sit and talk: What’s going to be better for him, what’s best for us," manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. "I didn’t really feel last year because of the way we were playing that -- even though he wasn’t swinging -- I wasn’t sure what he was going to get out of going to Triple-A. The fact we’re not playing like we did last year, that’s a bigger factor. We’re trying to work with him, make some adjustments. He came out early and hit extra again. It’s not that he’s not trying, we’re just not getting it done in games."