San Diego Padres vs Kansas City Royals Series Preview: The Friars Club

San Diego PadresComing off a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres are looking ahead to another three game set against the Kansas City Royals (14-16). A big opportunity was squandered against the Diamondbacks, as the Friars were only able to steal one game from Arizona. After losing the first two, they were able to fight back after being down 3-1 in the fourth inning  of the last game of the series, and pull out a much needed victory. Now it is time to move on, put the “would haves” and the “should haves” behind them, and prepare for the Royals.

The Padres will host the Royals for a three game home series, coming off a victory against Arizona, but the story remains the same for the Friars, as hitting continues to plague the team, which has resulted in the team losing four of the last five. Manager Bud Black switched up the batting order a bit on Sunday, moving Chris Denorfia into the lead-off spot and dropping the struggling Everth Cabrera, who has racked up only two hits in his last 25 at bats, into the number two slot. The Friars continue to look for consistency at the plate. and look to turn the corner against the middle of the pack Royals.

Kansas City is coming off four straight losses, losing last Thursday to the Toronto Blue Jays and then getting swept in dominating fashion by the first place Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers bats and pitching staff were t0o much for the Royals, as they outscored them 26-8 over the three game series. Throughout the month of April, the Royals had a difficult time translating hits into runs, and their lack of a power bat in the lineup has hindered them in advancing runners across the plate. Third baseman, Matt Moustakas is leading the team in home runs with four, so the combination of low on-base percentage (.305), and the struggles to hit the long ball have hurt the Royals.  They have been up and down throughout the first month of the season, and have yet been able to find solid footing.

The Padres pitching staff continues to throw the ball well, but so far they have very little to show for it. Padres pitchers are bound to start fighting some frustration if the Friars continue to struggle at the plate. They now rank last in the four major offensive categories, and if the bats to stay cold, there is very little that pitching will be able to do for the Padres. Manager, Bud Black is hoping that shuffling the batting order around will give hitters some different looks at the plate. The Padres need for someone to step up soon and are hoping that a big bat will be back in the lineup once Carol Quentin, who is rehabbing in the minors returns. Chase Headley is also scheduled to start his rehab assignment next week, so Padres fans are hoping that his return will add a little bit of pop to the lineup as well. Until their return, the pitchers are going to have to continue to hold steady and hope that a couple of guys can get hot at the bat. One or two guys firing up the bats could be contagious, but getting one or two guys going right now is proving to be a difficult task.

Game 1 between the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals begins tonight, with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:10pm.

Sources:
ESPN
MLB.com

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