The San Diego Padres Aren’t Coming, They’re Already Right here

On Thursday evening the San Diego Padres moved into sole possession of first place within the Nationwide League West, one thing they hadn’t accomplished since Opening Day of the 2011 season,  This truth is probably going equal elements thrilling and miserable for Padres followers. That mentioned, one factor has develop into clear over the primary few weeks of the season: The promising Padres aren’t coming, they’re already right here. After a collection win over the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, San Diego has a two-game lead within the NL West and owns one of the best file within the Nationwide League at 11-6. The Friars have used a mix of well timed hitting, shocking energy, stellar infield protection and unbelievable chemistry to open the season as certainly one of baseball’s finest groups. Nobody anticipated this franchise to rise shortly, however it seems that’s occurred. When specialists talk about San Diego’s baseball franchise they typically deal with how ridiculously promising the longer term is. They wax poetic concerning the Padres’ loaded farm system and take the lengthy view as to what the following few seasons will maintain. Whereas all of that's most likely true, prognosticators have missed the workforce’s present roster in doing so. This can be a good workforce now. The Padres already boast a ton of expertise. The squad is led by Manny Machado, who, by all accounts, has been phenomenal within the clubhouse and occurs to be one of many high 5 gamers in baseball. However this hasn’t simply been “The Manny Present,” he’s slot in with different items as effectively. Eric Hosmer seems much more snug on the plate this season than he did in 2018 after signing an enormous contract. The outcomes haven’t been there but, however it’s solely a matter of time, as he’s placing in improbable at-bats each evening. Fernando Tatis Jr., the youngest common in Main League Baseball, has been a revelation on protection and offense. He already has 5 house runs and enters Friday with an OPS of 1.076. Oh, and he’s been doing stuff like this recurrently: Wil Myers enters Monday hitting .298 with a .947 OPS. Regardless of a number of hiccups within the outfield, Myers has been improbable thus far. Hunter Renfroe, missed by many this offseason as a result of anticipated emergence of Franmil Reyes, has an OPS of 1.083. Reyes has struggled early however seems to be coming round if this house run was any indication: Former high prospect Manuel Margot has regarded vastly improved thus far this season. Margot is hitting .333 with a 1.055 OPS. What has struck many as surprising has been the efficiency of the Padres beginning pitchers. In some way this younger, unproven rotation has managed to maintain it collectively. Unheralded lefty Nick Margevicius has a 1.69 ERA, a zero.63 WHIP and 12 strikeouts towards only one stroll in 16 innings over three begins. Rookie phenom Chris Paddack has a 1.29 ERA and a zero.86 WHIP in three begins. In the meantime, Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi have had nice outings with some hiccups blended in. The rotation would be the key to the season for San Diego. The workforce may have so as to add a key starter or two sooner or later, however general it’s apparent why basic supervisor A.J. Preller doesn’t wish to do long-term offers with pitchers. The Padres are completely loaded with high pitching prospects. Lefty MacKenzie Gore and righty Luis Patino are each presently toying with hitters in Excessive-A ball. The workforce’s 2018 first-round decide Ryan Weathers is dominating Low-A ball as effectively. On high of that, guys like Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, Logan Allen and Cal Quantrill are all among the many workforce’s high 12 prospects. San Diego can both supplant a present piece of its rotation with a few of these guys or might use that organizational depth to land main league expertise. The success of the workforce’s rotation and bullpen will decide how far the Padres go this season. Can the Padres hold this profitable tear up all season? Who is aware of? However this workforce is constructed to final years into the longer term. And whereas many anticipated the following few years to deliver a gradual rise to the highest, there’s little motive to assume this squad will simply disappear this season.