The whole game was like the San Diego Padres’ season: highs and lows, pitcher inconsistency and Tingler’s poor management of the team. The Padres don’t have enough pitchers available for the rotation and Ryan Weathers has been awful in the second half of the season, but Tingler still started him on Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
The first inning was terrible and in 26 minutes, the score was 4-0 Dodgers. Then when you think it is gonna be a bullpen day, Tingler keeps Weathers in the game. The fifth run came but the damage wasn’t worse because of Victor Caratini’s 330 foot home run in the second inning. Ryan Weathers came back for the 3rd inning but he left the game after allowing five hits and five earned runs in a total of 62 pitches.
The Padres didn’t take advantage in a game that Max Scherzer allowed eleven hits, two home runs, and six earned runs. The bullpen’s poor performance translated what this melancholy season finale has been like.
Emilio Pagán surrendered three solo homers in the eighth.
Emilio Pagán has allowed 16 home runs this season, including 3 in the 8th inning (Muncy, Pollock, Bellinger).— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) September 30, 2021
NL West standings on Aug. 10— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) September 30, 2021
Dodgers 68-45 4 GB
Padres 67-49 6.5 GB
Dodgers 34-11 (best in MLB)
Giants 32-13 (2nd best in MLB)
Padres 11-31 (worst in MLB)
Before August 11, the Padres had a .249 BA, 4.8 runs per game, .743 OPS, 4.11 starters ERA and a 2.88 ERA for the bullpen. After August 11, the batting average slipped to .223, their runs per game dropped to 3.7 with a .665 OPS. The starters increased their ERA to 5.60 and the bullpen to 4.94.
When Fernando Tatis Jr. is playing, the Padres have 58 wins and 68 losses. In those wins, he is hitting .364/.459/.804 with a 1.263 OPS and in the losses, his average drops considerably to .214/.282/.453. Just for the record, when Jake Cronenworth plays, the Padres have gone 76-72 games. Manny Machado, Tatis and Cronenworth combined to have a 14.5 WAR, the 3rd best trio in the league behind Toronto (Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez) and Houston (José Altuve, Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker). Every other Padres position player combined to total 5 WAR. That is 21st among teams’ combined WAR outside their top three players.
Nobody knows what A.J. Preller or Peter Seidler will do this offseason, but big changes are probably coming.