Wil My­ers, 1B, Padres

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

What’s up: September base­ball works in strange and mys­te­ri­ous ways. Re­mem­ber when Mil­wau­kee’s Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a ninth-in­ning, two-out triple off San Diego closer Trevor Hoff­man in the penul­ti­mate game of the 2007 reg­u­lar sea­son? Gwynn’s hit helped the Rock­ies sneak into a tiebreaker game against the Padres and even­tu­ally ad­vance to the World Se­ries. The point is, even teams that are out of the hunt can ruin op­pos­ing teams’ post­sea­son plans. Which brings us to My­ers and this year’s Padres team. Count­ing this week­end, seven of the Rock­ies’ fi­nal 15 games are against San Diego.

Back­ground: It has not been a great sea­son for My­ers, whose siz­zling per­for­mance last June landed him in the 2016 All-star Game. He en­tered this week­end bat­ting just .244 with a .327 on-base per­cent­age, but he had smacked 27 homers and driven in 70 runs, mak­ing him the Padres’ most dan­ger­ous hit­ter. Ari­zona dis­cov­ered that last Satur­day when My­ers hit two home runs and helped the Padres over­come a sixrun deficit and beat the Diamondbacks 8-7. My­ers’ bat­ting av­er­age dipped to .231 on Sept. 1, but he’s heat­ing up as the sea­son winds down.

Saun­ders’ take: My­ers tra­di­tion­ally haunts the Rock­ies. En­ter­ing Fri­day, he had played 45 games against them, bat­ting .328 with 11 homers, 36 RBIS and a 1.017 OPS (on-base per­cent­age, plus slug­ging). In 22 games at Coors Field, My­ers has bat­ted .353 with seven homers and 20 RBIS. Like the Diamondbacks’ Paul Gold­schmidt, At­lanta’s Freedie Free­man and other slug­ging first base­man, My­ers is ca­pa­ble of turn­ing a game up­side down. San Diego’s .233 team bat­ting av­er­age is by far the low­est in the Na­tional League, and its 172 homers rank 11th. On pa­per, the Rock­ies should han­dle the Padres, but September games are not played on pa­per.

De­nis Poroy, Getty Im­ages

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