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.
Hosmer is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.
He is hitting .242 with zero home runs in nine games this month. Seth Mejias-Brean is starting at first base and hitting sixth.
Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored, an RBI and a walk in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Giants.
Hosmer knocked an RBI double in the first inning and later scored on a double by Wil Myers in the sixth. After a disappointing first season in San Diego, the 29-year-old owns a .787 OPS with 89 RBI in 2019.
Hosmer went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Hosmer got the Padres on the board with a run-scoring single in the first inning and launched a homer to center field in the eighth. The 29-year-old has reached base in each of his last eight games and is slashing .285/.330/.452 with 20 long balls and 87 RBI this season.
Hosmer went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to Boston.
Hosmer plated the Padres' first runs of the game with a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old is slashing .285/.330/.451 with 19 long balls and 84 RBI in 539 plate appearances this season.
Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.
The first baseman has strung together a modest six-game hitting streak, going 12-for-25 (.480) over that stretch to boost his slash line on the season to .290/.336/.456. Hosmer is far from an elite power hitter, but with 18 homers and 82 RBI on the year so far, he's quietly on pace for his third career 20-HR and second career 100-RBI campaign.
Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Hosmer belted a 405-foot blast in the fifth inning for his 18th homer of the season, matching the amount he hit in 157 games last year. He has gone 8-for-16 with three RBI over his last four games and is slashing .287/.334/.454 in 506 plate appearances in his second season in San Diego.
Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.
Hosmer got the Padres off to a promising start with a run-scoring double in the first inning and later came around to score on Luis Urias' double. Hosmer hit only .221 in July but has been productive in August, batting .292 (14-for-48) with a pair of homers and 11 RBI in 12 games.
Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's victory over Seattle.
Batting in his usual cleanup spot, Hosmer homered for his second straight game, blasting a 394-foot shot to right field in the eighth inning. The long ball brings his total to 17, one short of the amount he hit in 2018 in his first year with the Padres. He has already surpassed last season's RBI total, as he has now driven in 77 runs in 111 games in 2019.
Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
Hosmer took Kenta Maeda deep in the third inning for the second grand slam of his career and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The 29-year-old is slashing .283/.333/.445 with 16 homers and 75 RBI in 469 plate appearances this season.
Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the Padres' 8-1 win over the Orioles on Monday.
Hosmer hadn't left the yard for all of July, but he broke out with a big day in this contest, touching up David Hess with a two-run homer in the fourth inning before adding a three-run shot off Dillon Tate in the eighth. The veteran first baseman is now slashing .283/.330/.444 with 15 homers and 69 RBI across 448 plate appearances.
Hosmer is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Hosmer heads to the bench for a maintenance day after starting the last 42 games, with Wil Myers taking over at first base for the Friars versus lefty Madison Bumgarner. Hosmer could perhaps use the day off given his .205/.237/.273 slash line over 21 games in July.
Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk Wednesday in the Padres' 3-2 win over the Marlins.
Hosmer has turned in multi-hit efforts in two of his past three games and will look to stay hot while batting second in Thursday's series finale. Despite his recent success, Hosmer's month-long batting line still sits at a disappointing .173/.189/.231. All three of Hosmer's extra-base hits during that stretch have been doubles, and he has scored just one run in 12 games.
Hosmer went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and a run scored in Saturday's 12-2 win over the Cardinals.
Hosmer also knocked his 13th double of the season and another single. He's hitting .444 (12-for-27) over a six-game hitting streak, with his last three games being multi-hit efforts. The first baseman has raised his average from .283 to .297 during the streak, and he has 13 homers, 59 RBI and 47 runs scored in 81 games this season.
Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.
Hosmer gave the Padres the lead in the sixth inning with his longest homer of the year at 419 feet. He then tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI groundout. The 29-year-old leads the Padres in hits (90), RBI (57) and batting average (.289). He also has tallied 13 home runs and 46 runs scored over 80 games.
Hosmer went 2-for-3 with one run in Monday's win against the Brewers.
This was Hosmer's first game in the last week without an RBI, but runs were hard to come by for both teams in the Padres' 2-0 win against Milwaukee. The 29-year-old is currently on pace to surpass his career high of 104 RBI thanks in part to his recent surge in run production (12 RBI in seven games).
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