On paper, the San Diego Padres were better on trading terms. In fact, they got worse – and very quickly became the laughing stock of the MLB.
For the third year in a row, Padres was a buyer on the transaction deadline. And for three years in a row, they’ve been disappointing.
In 2020, they have Mike Clevinger, Austin Nola and Mitch Moreland. They were scanned by the Dodgers in the NLDS.
In 2021, they added Adam Frazier, Daniel Hudson and Jake Marisnick. They finished the season 18-36 and missed out on the knockout stages.
And now in 2022, Padres has what’s been called the biggest trading term ever. They have Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury, and Josh Hader, and are the favorites to win them all.
Kể từ đó, Padres đã đi 6-10, chứng kiến 340 million dollars “superstar” Fernando Tatis Jr banned for rest of year for PEDsand now barely clinging to that sixth and last wildcard slot.
And they don’t even play good teams.
In addition to the Dodgers, who took care of them easily in a scan three gamesPadres has not played a team over 500.
They drew 1-1 against (as of Saturday morning) the 52-69 Rockies, 2-1 against the 59-60 Giants and 1-2 against the Marlins 52-67. Most embarrassingly, however, they shocked the world with a 2-3 against the now 41-80 Washington Nationals, who handed the Padres two of their best players and top contributors.
If the Brewers didn’t disappoint either – they were wiped out by the Pirates and lost 2/3 to the Reds – then the Padres wouldn’t be sitting in the playoffs right now.
They are really attached to dear life.
And the ones they got in the “best term ever” – let’s see how they’ve achieved.
Drury is probably the best of the bunch, though that doesn’t say much. Drury hit three home runs and took the lead in 14 runs in the 16 games he played. However, he’s only hit the .207 mark since moving to San Diego and has shot out 15 times.
Bell is another guy who hasn’t found his swing yet. In his 16 games with browns and yellows, Bell is hitting (and I use that word lightly) .121 / .250 / .155 with no running houses and only two RBIs. He has twice as many hits (14) as he hits (seven). And for reference, he slashed .301 / .384 / .493 in his 103 games in Washington.
Then there was Soto, whom Padres had dismantled the farm for. Soto is hitting the best and continues on the base – he has a .286 / .444 / .429 line. But he didn’t do much damage. In his 16 games, he hit one home run and drove in just three runs.
And then closer. Hader was the first move Padres made. Hader is arguably the biggest disappointment – or at least the most costly.
In his 5 appearances, Hader only went 3.2 innings. In the last two games, he’s been in a 9th-game draw against the low-lying National teams. He dropped out of both matches with the national team, not even scoring in his second appearance. His ERA as a member of the Padres is 16.20.
Padres again collapsed in the second half. They are 18 games back for the Dodgers in the NL West, and only one game on Brewers in the wild card.
They have been booed by the home fans in their last two games and are desperately looking for anything to get them back on track.
They will also play against the Dodgers nine more times this season.
If the Padres missed the playoffs, it would be one of the biggest disappointments in MLB history. But at the same time, it will look like a fitting ending as you might write.
The Padres have been the laughing stock of the MLB for most of their 54-year existence. They tried to find a way out of that title. But unfortunately for them, it fits too well. If only there was one strengthen on the road…