So what do you make of the opening of the MLB season.
PADRES….For someone who will ask for 40-50M per season in upcoming negotiations, Juan Soto sure doesn’t look like a 40-50M a year player.
It’s not just this small sample size this year, his (.160) average. This comes on the heels of a (.232) season in San Diego after the trade from Washington.
Add on what appears to be real defensive deficiencies in the outfield. His right field metrics weren’t great at Petco Park.
Watching him in left field, he struggles to pick balls up; he has an error, and his long distance throws to home plate have been nowhere near accurate.
Early in the season, sure, but have you seen anything about Soto that impresses you yet?
And the Padres outfield in general looks really erratic, fielding balls, playing angles off the wall, and trying to throw runners out.
Add in the catching issues throwing base runners out trying to steal. Anybody alarmed?
Nebil Crismatt now has had 3-bad outings in a week.
Dom Tapia can’t locate the plate consistently.
Luis Garcia has been erratic out of the pen.
I worry about the workload already for Steve Wilson.
Tim Hill had a bad inning
Blake Snell can’t keep people off the bases, and now has an ERA (6.68)
Ferrnando Tatis got booed every time he went to the plate in Sacramento, beginning his rehab assignment for El Paso. He was (2-4) with a HR, 2-stolen bases, 3-walks. I think he will face that abuse on the road when he joins the Padres in a couple of weeks.
Joe Musgrove’s 1st rehab outing was okay in the PCL…3-innings..2-runs-4 hits-5 strikeouts and 65 pitches in his outing vs Sacramento. Will probably have another rehab outing to build his pitch count.
Sure it’s a (3-4) start to the season, but this sure doesn’t look like a complete team yet. Does it?