Padres has a month to avoid humiliation | dissident

In just a few weeks, it became very difficult to feel optimistic about the San Diego Padres, who enjoyed a brief stint as the best team in baseball immediately after acquiring Juan Soto and also Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury on the trade deadline. Since those moves, there has been bad news on and off the field. What hurt the team the most has been Hader’s performance, as the former Lights Relief pitcher has an ERA, seriously, 19.06 in his eight games with the Padres so far. But even more frustrating and impactful in the long run was Fernando Tates Jr.’s 80-game PED suspension which was suspended on August 12. Tates was absent all year with a wrist injury, but his hoped return towards the end of this season added fuel to the Padres fire, giving them the belief that, however good they may be, they could be better in match time. .

These serious setbacks can at least be overlooked in the short term if the current Padres team gets the job done, but at best they only score. Since their first match with Soto in the lineup on August 3, Padres has only gone 13-13. Although Hader regressed more spectacularly, the cute non-Soto bats added by Padres also saw a significant drop from what they were doing with their old teams, with Drury’s OPS dropping from 0.855 in Sensei to .628 in San Diego, while Bill put 0.877 in Washington And only 0.612 so far in his new team. (Soto’s strength also waned with the bowler-friendly home garden, but not nearly as close.) And while the Brewers were playing even worse, he allowed San Diego to maintain a 2.5-game lead in the final. The Wild Card Slot, .500 baseball with no real chance of improving the roster is not what anyone would have imagined after Padres’ inaugural win.

But breaks have cut the way for San Diego over the past few days, which has racked up three straight wins in one round over the Giants. In a Monday night game that featured a lengthy blackout delay, Bale and Drury came in and helped build a lead that barely escaped the eighth-round struggles of bowler Robert Suarez. On Tuesday, Blake Snell set the tone with six stoppages, the Padres capitalized on some Giants errors and once again the Bullpen barely held on to a 4-3 win. Wednesday saw Padres lead 5-0 thanks to some big kicks from Mane Machado, and though the Giants bounced back in both Joe Musgrove and then loyalist Adrien Morejon, Hader made his first pitch since wrecking in Kansas. City on Sunday finished the game with a tiebreaker in second place.

This is progress! But there is still a lot of room for improvement and not a lot of time to solve the many kinks in Padres. Machado’s racket works wonders, as it does all year round, and there are guys under it like Trent Gresham and Jake Kronworth who you can imagine getting hot for a string, but even with the add-ons (or perhaps because of them, in non-Soto cases) this offense can’t quite measure up. To the level of the Cardinals, the dodgers and the Braves late in the season. While the show fared better, it was worryingly inconsistent despite there being so many well-established talent on the payroll that they didn’t appear to be able to duel the Mets or even the full-strength Phillies in a playoff series. The biggest red flag, if you don’t believe in luck, is that the Padres are 26-13 best in the MLB in games decided by one round, a huge boost to the standings that doesn’t come from any ultimate baseball game—playing supremacy.

It’s really annoying that San Diego put in more effort than anyone else to show a great team at extended range, and instead turned out to be the last team in the National League. But there are still 30 matches to play. Case scenario, give the Padres renewed confidence as October approaches or, at worst, their year has completely collapsed. Specifically, starting Friday, the Padres travel to Los Angeles for the first of three series still on the schedule against the Dodgers this year. The winning baseball team spent the entire season playing as a measuring stick for hope in another World Series, and these meetings would be no different. So far this season, Padres have only had two wins out of 10 against the Dodgers, including a three-game sweep in early August in which they have a 20-4 aggregate score. I think they’d still be able to make the playoffs, if they made frequent shows throughout September, but it would be impossible to take them seriously as a real threat to the best. The Padres have the highest stakes and lose more than anyone else playing in this final month of the season. For the future of MLB roster building and risk taking, I hope they find their groove.

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