At the beginning of the 2023 season, San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin, who was helpless by the opponent’s foot ball, raised his voice that change was needed.
Ahead of the home game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 14th (Korean time), Melvin admitted that he was not able to properly prevent the opponent’s stealing, saying, “It is true that I have not done well so far.”
San Diego has stopped just one of opponents’메이저놀이터 17 stolen base attempts so far. He allowed 16 stolen bases, the most among 15 National League teams. In the major leagues, it is second only to the Boston Red Sox (17).
When the major league introduced the pitch clock in the 2023 season, it limited the number of checks by the pitcher and encouraged stealing by increasing the size of the base.
As a result, steals increased compared to previous years. According to ‘Baseball Reference’, he is recording 0.69 stolen bases per game in the 2023 season, which is the most since 1999 when he recorded 0.7.
Coach Melvin said, “There were no major changes during spring camp or at the beginning of the season, but now you can see that the strategy has changed. They get a little closer to the base, or a player who doesn’t normally run runs, or they try to steal bases on other ball counts. We are still working on (improvement work). It has to get better,” he admitted, saying he needed to get better.
When asked how he would improve, he said, “Pitchers will need to move faster. I won’t go into strategic detail. We haven’t been good for a while, and we need to get better.”
Meanwhile, against right-hander Colin Ray, San Diego had Trent Grisham (center fielder) Manny Machado (third baseman) Juan Soto (left fielder) Zander Bogatz (shortstop) Nelson Cruz (designated hitter) Jake Cronenworth (first baseman) Kim Ha-seong (second baseman). Lougned Odor (right fielder) and Austin Nola (catcher) announced the lineup. The starting pitcher is Nick Martinez.
It is noteworthy that he posted a right-hander cruise against a right-hander. Manager Melvin said, “Recently, he has been hitting well. He wants to put as many good players as possible. He is also one of the few players who has experience facing a pitcher. He will also look at the left and right matchups according to the selection of the opponent, but he is also looking at how good the batting has been recently,” he explained the background.
Regarding catcher Campusano, “He works well with the bullpen as well as with the starters. Here, he praised, saying, “The feeling of hitting is good recently.” He said, “Campusano and Austin Nola will each play two games in this four-game series.”