The Padres have always struggled to hit in their eight-season-old downtown home.
Petco Park is tough on hitters. Barry Bonds once described the place as "baseball proof."
But the Padres have never struggled offensively as much as they have this season. And their efforts have turned Petco Park into a house of horrors for the Padres.
The Padres are a respectable 11-10 on the road this season. When traveling, the Padres are hitting .265 as a team and are averaging 5.05 runs a game.
At home this season, the Padres have a .203 team batting average and are scoring at a 2.27-runs-per-game clip.
Want an even scarier statistic?
The Padres are hitting .134 at home this season with runners in scoring position. That's not a mistake. They are 26-for-194. On the road, the Padres are hitting .315 (57-for-181) in RISP situations.
It was even worse this weekend as the Padres were swept in a three-game home series -- marking the second time this season they have been swept at home (the Phillies swept a four-game series at Petco Park April 21-24).
Seattle out-scored the Padres 14-2, out-hit them 32-14 (that would be a .291 average to a .156 mark for the hosts) and had 11 extra-base hits to the Padres two. Thirty-five of the Padres outs were strikeouts, including 13 in Sunday's 6-1 loss.
Hard to understand why the Padres are 8-18 at home this season.
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