The San Diego Padres are falling endlessly at the point where they have to bear fruit even after making massive investments over the past three years.
In the National League (NL) West Division, it is evaluated that it has not yet become the ‘enemy’ of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The LA Times메이저놀이터 reported on the 15th (hereinafter Korean time) that when San Diego lost to the Dodgers 0-4, “Before the season, many experts predicted that San Diego would run away with the West Division crown, but rather fell behind the Dodgers by 7 games. “The Dodgers showed the Padres who the NL West boss is by sweeping this three-game series,” he said.
With this loss, San Diego fell into a 5-game losing streak and a 5-game losing streak against the Dodgers. With a record of 19 wins and 22 losses, it is already minus 3 wins with a win rate of 50%.
It is still third in the district, but it is 7 games behind the leading Dodgers. Not to mention the Dodgers, it was 4 games away from the 2nd place Arizona Diamondbacks, and fell to 7th place in the NL wild card rankings.
Last year, when they played 41 games, they were second in the district with 27 wins and 14 losses. At the same time, they lost 8 more games.
The big problem is the batter. The team’s batting average is 0.226, which is 29th out of 30 teams. Regardless of the regulation at bat, none of the 17 hitters on the team hit 30%.
The batting average of the scoring team is even more embarrassing. It is in last place with 0.198. According to MLB.com, it is the lowest batting average among teams in the scoring range. Nelson Cruz, who sometimes appears as a designated hitter, is 0.333 and Fernando Tatis Jr. is doing his part with 0.294, while other key players are staying around 20%.
Ha-seong Kim hit a solo home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 14th (Korean time) and is welcomed by Manny Machado. AFP Yonhap News
In particular, Xander Bogatz, who was brought in last winter for 11 years with 280 million dollars (approximately 375.3 billion won), is experiencing a severe slump. Bogarts’ batting average in scoring position was 0.162 (6 hits in 37 at-bats), well below the team average.
His batting average for the season is 0.265 (40 hits in 151 at-bats), which is second in the team following Tatis Jr. (0.283), but he is almost at the bottom with 0.167 (8 hits in 48 at-bats) in 12 games in May. His batting average, which was 0.311 at the end of last month, is showing a sharp decline. Although he had hits in the last three games in a row, there were no final blows.
He has yet to hit a home run in May and has only two RBIs. As the number 4 hitter, he loses his face. He had a .292 career batting average over 10 years with the Boston Red Sox. He also batted 30. 4 times.
The strong force disappeared wearing the San Diego uniform. He has a batting average of 0.265, 6 home runs, 15 RBIs, 23 runs scored and an OPS of 0.787 in 40 games.
The only reason San Diego brought Bogarts was to strengthen the batting line. This is because he saw the offensive power of the shortstop position as weak. However, considering not only Kim Ha-seong, who boasts the strongest defense in the major leagues, but also Tatis Jr., who will be returning soon, it was pointed out that it is not an overlapping investment. In particular, criticism was raised that it was necessary to push Kim Ha-seong, who led the stability of the infield as a shortstop, to second base.
When I opened the lid, Bogatsu’s bat wasn’t good yet. As of this day, in San Diego, based on baseball reference, the WAR number 1 is Kim Ha-seong. The combined WAR of offense and defense is 1.7, which is the highest, followed by Bogatz with 1.4. It is followed by Juan Soto (1.3), Tatis Jr. (1.2), Trent Grisham (0.4), Jake Cronenworth (0.3) and Manny Machado (0.2).
Kim Ha-seong and Cronenworth, who were pushed to second base and first base respectively because of the ‘rolling stone’, also have the same defensive power, but their offensive power is not as good as last year. After shaking Kim Ha-seong, who was fine, the shortstop who spent 375.3 billion won is not even playing his role.