Padres manager Bob Melvin rips 'underperforming' team after another series loss drops them to .500

Nearly one-quarter of the method through the 2023 season, the San Diego Padres and their franchise record $274.8 million competitive balance tax payroll are 19-19 and 4 video games out in the NL West. The Padres dropped Thursday afternoon’s series ending versus the Minnesota Twins (MINUTES 5, SD 3), and they have actually lost 4 of their last 5 video games to be up to .500.

“We have guys that can perform better,” Padres supervisor Bob Melvin, who was rather animated and displeased, stated following Thursday’s loss. “We’re going to, but it’s time to quit just talking about it. It’s time to go out there and do it. Another frustrating game for us. Underperforming.”

Melvin’s disappointment is easy to understand. His group blew 3 one-run leads Thursday, and Minnesota’s game-winning three-run rally in the seventh inning was sustained by a hit batter, a walk, and a possible double play that wasn’t turned. Melvin was ejected an inning later on for arguing balls and strikes, and it definitely looked like he was attempting to trigger his group.

The Padres had a lead in the seventh inning or later on 3 times in their last 4 losses — “I don’t think there’s enough tenacity throughout the course of the game,” Melvin included — and the offense has actually scored an overall of 3 runs in the seventh inning or later on in those 4 losses. One of those 3 runs came thanks to the automated runner in additional innings too.

San Diego is not doing not have star power, however almost all their marquee gamers (Xander Bogaerts, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr.) are underperforming to some degree. Granted, those people are much better than the majority of gamers even when they’re unperforming, however it seems like there’s more to offer there. We have not seen this offense play up to its capacity.

Pitching depth issues were popular entering into the season. There are some concerns at the back of the rotation and in the middle of the bullpen, and with a number of crucial reducers not available due to their current work Thursday, the greatest utilize circumstance went to novice Brent Honeywell. He retired just 2 of the 5 batters he dealt with and took the loss.

Melvin and the Padres have an essential three-game series with the top place Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium this weekend. The Dodgers took 2 of 3 at Petco Park last weekend, though the Padres were one out far from winning Sunday. Mookie Betts struck a game-tying homer with 2 outs in the ninth inning versus Josh Hader, then the Dodgers won in the 10th inning.

On paper, the Padres are much better and more skilled than they have actually revealed, however Melvin is ideal. It’s time to reveal it. The “it’s still early” reason no longer uses. San Diego has 124 video games staying which’s a lot of time to right the ship, though the longer it takes, the larger the deficit they’ll need to remove. Melvin minced no words Thursday. His group is falling method except expectations.

“Just got to fight a little harder,” Melvin stated. “Expect a little bit more of ourselves — all of us, myself included. We have not done that to this point. These stretches happen, but it’s gone on too long. We got to break through here at some point.”  

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