The San Diego Padres lineup invested $710 million (about 943 billion won) in the 2023 season alone. However, in the midst of sluggishness, the long-awaited Fernando Tatis Jr. (24) is on the verge of a comeback.
San Diego won 1-0 against 스포츠토토the Atlanta Braves in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 20th (Korean time). In the bottom of the 4th inning, Juan Soto attacked starter Charlie Morton and led the team to victory by one point with a final shot over the middle wall.
San Diego escaped from the crisis of sweeping the series by escaping three consecutive losses, but could not laugh. It was not a game that was easily won that day. From the opening of the season, the batting line has been sluggish overall, giving San Diego coach Bob Melvin a headache.
Currently (as of the 20th), the San Diego team’s batting average (0.223) is 28th out of 30 major league teams, which is the lowest. In addition, key indicators such as team hits (144) 20th, OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage, 0.691) 22nd, and RBIs (69 RBIs) 24th remain at the bottom.
It is a figure that does not match the names of top hitters such as Zander Bogatz (31), Manny Machado (31), and Juan Soto (25), who are on the team lineup.
In particular, the team extended an 11-year, $280 million (approximately 372.1 billion won) free agent (FA) contract to Bogatz ahead of the 2023 season and an 11-year, $350 million (approximately 4464.9 billion won) contract to Machado. Contract, 7 year, 80 million dollar (approximately 106.3 billion won) extension contract for Cronenworth during the season, a total of 710 million dollars was poured into it, but it is not effective in developing an attack.
The fortunate thing is that Tatis Jr., who has been waiting patiently, will return on the 21st against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tatis Jr. was suspended for a total of 80 games before the start of last season for taking clostebol, which helps muscle development, along with a fractured left wrist.
Although he missed the entire 2022 season due to injuries and discipline and was unable to play in the first half of this season, he is still highly anticipated. Tatis Jr. posted a .515 batting average (17-for-33), 7 home runs, 15 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.802 in eight games at Triple-A during his rehab period. Among them, his slugging percentage recorded 1.212, showing his explosive hitting ability.
As the record suggests, San Diego has been playing sweet potato baseball lately. Including the three-game losing streak, they have scored only two goals in their last four games until the day when they won 1-0. There is a limit to holding on with the power of the mound, so the rebound of the other line is desperate.
Attention is focusing on whether Tatis Jr. will be able to perform like Danbi in the frustrating team attack.