Hosmer will open the season as the Padres' everyday first baseman but could find himself in a platoon if his struggles against southpaws continue, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Though Hosmer's hefty contract all but ensures that he'll receive regular playing time for the foreseeable future, the team could choose to lessen his exposure to left-handed pitching if Hosmer is unable to improve upon the .231 batting average and atrocious 59 wRC+ he registered against southpaws last season. Those numbers are hardly flukes; Hosmer was even worse in 2018, posting a .179 average and 45 wRC+ in 242 plate appearances against lefties. Per Cassavell, Wil Myers and Ty France are candidates to platoon with Hosmer at first base if the Padres ultimately decide to go in that direction.
Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Hosmer's blast came in the seventh inning against Diamondbacks reliever Jimmie Sherfy, giving the Padres a 5-1 lead at the time. The D'backs rallied for five runs in the bottom half of the inning however, and the Padres never caught up. Hosmer has swatted 22 homers and tallied 99 RBI and 72 runs scored in 159 games this year.
Hosmer is not in Thursday's lineup against the Dodgers. Hosmer is hitting just .183 with a .531 OPS through 22 games this month. He'll head to the bench for the second time in four games as the Padres play out the string. Seth Mejias-Brean is starting at first base and hitting fifth in Thursday's series finale.
Hosmer is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Hosmer will get just his third day off since the All-Star break. Wil Myers will cover first base Sunday in Hosmer's place.
Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Brewers. Hosmer cut the Padres' deficit in half with a solo home run off Jordan Lyles in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old has tallied 21 long balls with a team-leading 96 RBI and 162 hits this season while batting .275/.322/.438.