The Padres sagged within the month forward of the All-Star Break, in an 11-18 stretch that started with a sweep by the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
They’d simply gotten a style of first place within the Nationwide League West, however now they path the Los Angeles Dodgers by 10.5 video games. However it doesn’t matter what, the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. looms, which nearly definitely can be a lift for the Friars.
“It’s gonna be a very good present, a very good second half,” Manny Machado informed the MLB Community on the pink carpet on the All-Star Sport.
However he’s additionally aware of this – rivalry or no, for the Padres to make the large leap a variety of baseball observers have been anticipating, the street runs via L.A., the division powerhouse for the previous decade.
“If we need to get to the place we need to, now we have to undergo them and we all know that,” Machado mentioned of the Dodgers.
The street begins Friday in New York, the place the Padres tackle the NL East leaders. Yu Darvish attracts the powerful card – Max Scherzer, who returned from an injured indirect earlier than the break. Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove comply with through the three-game set.
The group additionally has questions rearing their heads, and consider it or not, figuring out the precise date of Tatis’ return from a fractured wrist isn’t the biggest.
Tops on the record – one Juan Soto, who, having reportedly turned down a $440-million provide from Washington, is unlikely to stay a Nationwide for much longer.
Realistically, might A.J. Preller pull off a blockbuster commerce for the younger slugger, who’s as heralded as (or greater than) Tatis? (An area sports activities radio station, 97.3, gave followers a look on the potential future thanks to the All-Star Game, on Twitter)
MLB.com notes that it might occur by the Aug. 2 commerce deadline, given the Padres stockpile of rookies and prospects. However what number of of them would the group be prepared to commerce away?
Soto or no, Machado can not carry the group alone – proven by the Padres’ late June droop, which coincided along with his ankle damage. So count on Preller to be energetic.
“It’s no secret, we’ve obtained to attain some extra runs right here within the second half, and that may be a magnet for us over the following couple of weeks,” the Padres’ president of baseball operations informed MLB.