Padres have a month to avoid humiliation

Feeling significantly more optimistic about the San Diego Padres, who enjoyed a brief reign as the coolest team in baseball, just weeks after acquiring Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury It’s getting harder to trade deadlines. Since those moves, there’s been bad news on and off the field. It was Hader’s performance that had the most direct and negative impact on the team. In his eight appearances with the Padres so far, the former right-out reliever his ERA for his pitcher was seriously 19.06. But even more frustrating and impactful in the long run was his PED suspension of Fernando Tatis Jr. for his 80 games on Aug. 12. Tatis has been sidelined all year with a wrist injury, but his hoped-for return near the end of this season will only add fuel to the Padres fire, and no matter how good they are, they will be in a playoff berth. It gave me the belief that it could get better with time.

These serious setbacks could go unnoticed, at least in the short term, if the current Padres team gets the job done, but at best they’re only halfway through with a passing grade. Since the first game was played on August 3, the Padres are just 13-13. Hader has slumped more dramatically, but the cool non-soto bats the Padres have added have also slumped significantly from what they were doing with their previous teams. stayed in (Soto’s power also dropped at pitcher-friendly Home Park, but far from the same degree. A wildcard slot, with no real chance to improve the roster. 500 baseball, after the new-looking Padres’ first win, it’s nowhere near as good as anyone else’s.) It’s not what I had imagined.

But the break has gone in the direction of San Diego in recent days, giving the Giants their third straight one-run win. On Tuesday, Blake Snell set the tone with a six-inning shutout, the Padres took advantage of several Giants errors, and the bullpen rallied. We narrowly won 4-3. On Wednesday, the Padres got off to a head start with his 5-0 lead, largely thanks to Manny Machado’s big hit. Despite the Giants striking out both Joe Musgrove and reliever Adrian Mollehon, Hader was out on the pitch for the first time since the wreck in Kansas. They beat City on Sunday to finish the game with a tying run in second place.

This counts as progress! But there’s plenty of room for improvement left, and not enough time to work out the Padres’ many kinks. Machado’s bat has worked wonders as it has all year round, and although there are people under him like Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth who can be imagined to be hot on the series. , even with add-ons (or perhaps because of them, other than Soto) this offense cannot measure how the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Braves are slugging in the second half of the season. That said, despite plenty of established talent on the payroll, it seems to have been worryingly inconsistent and unable to beat even the Mets and the all-out Phillies staff in the playoff series. The biggest red flag if you don’t believe in luck is that the Padres are an MLB-best 26-13 in a one-run game. – play the edge.

It’s a real shame that San Diego put in more effort than anyone else to make the best team in the stretch run and was rightfully the last team in the National League. – A case scenario would give the Padres renewed confidence heading into October or, at worst, destroy their year completely.Specifically, starting Friday, the Padres will be on their schedule with the Dodgers this year. He travels to LA for the first game of his three series that are still in the NBA. Baseball’s winningest team has played an entire season as a measure of other World Series hopefuls. These conferences are no exception. So far this season, the Padres have won only two of his 10 games against the Dodgers, including his three-game sweep in early August, for a total of 20. Ejected for 4 to 4. I think they could still make the playoffs if they delivered repeat performances during September, but it’s impossible to take them seriously as a real threat. The stakes are higher and you have more to lose than anyone else. I hope they find their groove for the future of MLB roster building and risk taking.

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