1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Tuesday “Padres–In Trouble”

Posted by on June 21st, 2022  •  0 Comments  • 

“Padres–In Trouble”

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Last year it was a year long siege to the pitching staff.
Now the everyday lineup has taken the biggest hit possible.

How long can the Padres stay in the pennant race with what is happening to its roster now?.

Manny Machado is out at least 4-weeks with what looked like a gruesome ankle sprain.

It looked horrible when his left foot hit the first base bag trying to beat out a hit.  It bent at such at bad angle, my first reaction was that he dislocated it.  High ankle sprains take forever to heal.

How do you replace the batting average, the home runs, the RBIs, the OPS number, and what he means to the batting order?

You don’t.  There’s no proven talent left at El Paso.  The candidates on the Padres roster have no proven record.

Who knows if there is a cheap 1-year rental they could get in a trade.

The most established 3rd sacker who might be out there is unhappy Yankees infielder Miguel Andujar, who hit 21-homers a couple of years ago but has been up and down like a yo-yo since then.

The Reds have seen Brandon Drury, the ex-Diambondack have a nice comeback season.  His teammate Mike Moustakas, the ex-Royal, right be more attainable.

Can you call Seattle and get Ty France back?  Eugenio Suarez of the Mariners?

Revisit Brian Reynolds-Pirates?

Whit Merrifield of the Royals? Go shop around the American League?

Would they bring Robby Cano back and shift Jake Cronenworth to 3B?

Is CJ Abrams coming in to play short so Ha Seong-Kim can go to third?  But will either of them hit?

But who is going to hit among those guys now in the lineup in that there is no Manny to protect them in the batting order?

Machado in the middle of that batting order, made everyone else dangerous, because they got better pitches to hit.

This big Padres picture doesn’t look good right now.

Add Machado’s name right next to the 6W-DL stay right fielder Wil Myers is serving right now for cartilage damage in his right knee.

There is no Fernando Tatis sighting yet, and his layoff from the fractured wrist surgery is likely to spill into late July, if he has no setbacks, and no one knows how the power torque in his swing will impact the surgically repaired left wrist, courtesy of his stupid motorcyle accidents in the Dominican this winter.

And if that’s not enough, Eric Hosmer has reverted back to being a slump ridden Eric Hosmer, hitting (.194) in the last month and a half after that torrid  start he had to the season.

The dominant starting pitching can’t be expected to go out there and throw shutouts each game.  That’s what might have to happen with the loss of an MVP candidate in the heart of your batting order.

Hate to think this season of summer baseball might wind up like last year’s summer of disappointment, a season caved in by injuries.

Add to the woes, the Padres are finishing up with the easy to beat schedule they have played for alot of this season.  Here come a ton of games with the Dodgers-Giants  and the better teams in the National League.

Padres in trouble?  I think so.  Wonder if GM-AJ Preller believes they are too?

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