"It's May 5," Hoyer told a local TV interviewer Thursday morning. "There's still time to turn this around."
Hoyer noted that this early in the season, it's hard to make trades that would serve as a quick fix. And, he added, the team's woeful offense (last in National League in batting and runs scored) hasn't been the result of one or two underperforming players, but of a teamwide failure.
"There's been a tendency to focus on (Brad Hawpe at) first base, but really, it's not just about one position," Hoyer said. "Practically no one on this team is playing up to their capability."
That makes Hoyer hopeful that as the weather warms up, so will the team. Hoyer's other big disappointment is that the Padres have played poorly at home, while holding their own on the road. Specifically built for Petco Park, which favors pitching and speed over power, the Padres have gone 7-6 on the road but are 5-13 after their latest loss Wednesday to the Pirates.
"I wish we'd played better at home," Hoyer said.
Thursday's day off before Arizona comes in for a three-game series gives the Padres a chance to do some healing.
Second baseman Orlando Hudson has gone on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. He joins reliever Joe Thatcher, who had his shoulder scoped earlier this week. Meanwhile, Hoyer asks Padres fans to keep the faith. There are good prospects in the minors but he won't rush them.
And odds are things can't get much worse.