This is a serious problem.
The San Diego Padres, who have spent an astronomical amount of money over the past two years and completed their power, are struggling to get out.
On the 28th (hereinafter Korean time), San Diego took a knee 2-5 in a game against the Chicago Cubs held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In the National League West Division, with no strong player, four teams excluding the Colorado Rockies competed, and San Diego maintained 3rd place with 13 wins and 14 losses. It shows a 1.5 game gap with the leader Arizona Diamondbacks (14-12) and a 0.5 game gap with the second-place LA Dodgers (13-13).
But that’s not what San Diego wanted. Prior to the season, San Diego, which was evaluated as the strongest in the NL West, had an opening day payroll of $248.9 million, ranking third overall and first in the NL West after the New York Mets and New York Yankees. At least, the win rate should be well over 50%, but since the last 14 days, it has been unable to get out of the 50% or less for the second week.
The Touta indicator tells San Diego’s current address. The team’s ERA is 4.41, ranking ninth among 15 NL teams. The starting ERA is 7th with 4.39, and the bullpen ERA is 4.45, 10th. That’s slightly below league average.
However, if you look at the attack, it is more serious.
The team’s batting average is 0.215, which is last in the NL. If you include the American League, it is second from the bottom after the Kansas City Royals (0.215). It is only 8 mo (0.0008) higher than Kansas City. They rank 14th in the NL in runs scored per game (3.67), 10th in team homers (28) and 13th in team OPS at .669.
All the offensive numbers of the team that has the strongest top line are wandering around the bottom.
What’s even more shocking is that virtually all of the main lineups, except for one, are wandering around the Mendoza line. Among the six players who filled the required at-bats, Zander Bogarts is the only 300 hitter in the team with a 0.316 batting average. Looking at the rest of the players, Manny Machado (0.225), Kim Ha-seong (0.220), Jake Cronenworth (0.211), Trent Grisham (0.189), and Juan Soto (0.183) are fluctuating around the 20% mark.
Among them, Soto went 1 hit in 3 at-bats, 1 run, and 1 walk against the Cubs, and made a multi-on-base effort. His batting average has never been so low in a season since his debut. He himself is talking about the pitch clock, but it’s already been a month since the season started. Then it’s a question of adaptability.
Ha-seong Kim also hesitated in the second half of the 10% range until recently. On the 27th, against the Cubs, he had two hits and barely raised it to the 20% level. Machado, who signed an 11-year, $350 million contract extension last winter after renewing his existing contract, is not playing the role of a center hitter with 2 homers and 8 RBIs. The same goes for Cronenworth, who recently received a 7-year, $80 million contract extension gift.메이저놀이터
Fernando Tatis Jr., who returned after being released from disciplinary action on the 21st, is still adapting to practice with a batting average of 0.226 (7 hits in 31 bats), 1 home run, 4 RBIs and 2 runs in 7 games.
Other position starters also hover near the Mendoza line, including catcher Luis Campusano (.238), Austin Nola (.140), Brett Sullivan (.100) and designated hitter Matt Carpenter (.229).
Even at this point, San Diego players such as Machado, Tatis Jr., and Bogarts drew attention as they were caught on camera taking pictures as a group with playful expressions toward the camera during the game.