MLBTR Ballot: How Good Are The Padres?

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The Padres and their followers endured an extended interval of struggling, however the membership lastly returned to relevance in 2020. With 37 wins in 60 video games, the Padres posted the game’s third-best file, broke a 13-year playoff drought and superior to the NLDS, the place they misplaced to the division-rival Dodgers. Whereas the Dodgers, who went on to win the World Sequence, are the favorites to reign over the NL once more in 2021, the Padres look as in the event that they’ll put up a fair larger combat this yr.
Not content material to proceed taking part in second fiddle to Los Angeles, San Diego and common supervisor A.J. Preller have been extraordinarily aggressive in attempting to enhance their roster because the Dodgers crushed their championship hopes final fall. Courting again to then, the Padres have used trades and free company so as to add a slew of notable names – Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, Ha-Seong Kim, Mark Melancon, Victor Caratini and Keone Kela paved the way.
Darvish and Dinelson Lamet give the Padres two starters who have been in NL Cy Younger competition final season; in the meantime Snell’s a former AL Cy Younger winner, Musgrove has proven that he’s a authentic mid-rotation sort and Chris Paddack, though he struggled final yr, appeared like a high-end starter simply two years in the past. If something goes haywire with that group, the Padres may get assist from prospects resembling MacKenzie Gore (MLB.com’s sixth-ranked farmhand) and Adrian Morejon.
Offensively, Kim and Caratini ought to assist a unit that completed third within the majors in runs final yr, when the all-world left aspect of the infield of third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. led the cost. They’re nonetheless round, as are infielder Jake Cronenworth, first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielders Trent Grisham and Wil Myers – who all loved terrific years.
As is the case with their beginning employees and offense, the Padres’ bullpen appears as if it has the potential to be a formidable group in 2021. Nonetheless, they’ll want extra from holdovers resembling Emilio Pagan, Craig Stammen and Tim Hill. And the Padres could miss Trevor Rosenthal, a late-season acquisition who left for the Athletics in free company, however the Melancon and Kela additions ought to assist. They’ll be a part of holdovers Drew Pomeranz and Pierce Johnson among the many membership’s most popular late-game decisions.
All stated, there isn’t a lot (something?) to dislike concerning the Padres’ roster. The largest roadblock could also be that they’re nonetheless caught in a division with the Dodgers, however PECOTA nonetheless initiatives a 95-win season for the Padres in 2021. How do you assume they’ll fare?
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