The San Diego Padres’ Opening Day payroll, or team annual salary, is $249 million this year, ranking third overall after the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
Over the past two years, they have actively signed long-term extension contracts and expensive free agent contracts, continuing their investment stance. After advancing to the NL Championship Series last year, San Diego is aiming for the World Series this year. However, the frustrating move at the beginning of the season continues.
San Diego knelt 3-5 in an away game against the Minnesota Twins held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 12th (Korean time). San Diego, which confirmed the losing series by conceding the first two games of its three-game away match, took 19 wins and 19 losses with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the leader of the NL West, in four games. The 50% win rate is also at risk.
Compared to the Dodgers, who greatly reduced their size through fiscal austerity last winter, showed their potential and rose to a winning rate of 60%, critics say that San Diego is not efficient in combining player resources.
San Diego’s biggest problem is their ineffective attack pattern. Among the 15 NL teams, they ranked bottom in team batting average (0.230), 12th in team on-base percentage (0.319), 9th in team slugging percentage (0.393), 10th in team OPS (0.712), 13th in runs per game (4.13), and tied for team home runs (43). 6th, tied for 10th in team stolen bases (23), and 13th in team strikeouts (343). They are at the bottom of the table in almost every offensive category.
Baseball is a game of scoring. When runners go out, they must be called in. San Diego’s batting average in scoring position is 0.203, which is the lowest in the major leagues including the AL. The batting average of the team with runners was 0.211, also the lowest among the 30 teams. In contrast, the Dodgers are 8th in the middle of the NL with a batting average of 0.252 as a team in scoring position.
When there are runners in the main hitters, most batting averages are near the Mendoza line: Austin Nola 0.114, Trent Grisham 0.173, Kim Ha-seong 0.196, Zander Bogatz 0.197, Jake Cronenworth 0.220, Juan Soto 0.222, Manny Machado 0.226, Matt Carpenter 0.233.먹튀검증
The scoring position batting average is more disastrous. Nola 0.087, Kim Ha-seong 0.156 (5-for-32), Grisham 0.161 (5-for-31), Cronenworth 0.176 (6-for-34), Bogaerts 0.176 (6-for-34), Carpenter 0.207 (6-for-29) , Soto is marking 0.217 (5 hits in 23 at-bats).
In the match against Minnesota that day, San Diego only had 1 hit in 7 at-bats in scoring range. In the top of the 4th inning, with a 2-1 lead, second basemen Bogatz, Grisham and Kim Ha-seong all retreated with a hit, and in the 8th inning, where they were trailing 3-5, Grisham with 2nd baseman struck out on a swing and bowed his head.
Looking at the last 8 games, he recorded a total of 9 hits and 0.134 in 67 at-bats with runners on second and third base. The team’s ERA (4.00) is 5th in the NL, and the mound is generally stable, but it cannot be won.
Coach Bob Melvin said after the game that day, “We have to do better. That’s what we have to do. Today we got some good hits. I think we put a lot of pressure on the opposing pitchers in the second half of the game. We can see hitters who can get better. He said, “It’s time to stop talking about this. We have to put it into practice.”
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Minnesota trailed by 2-3, and tied the game with Max Kepler’s grounder with 1 out and bases loaded. Correa pulled an 82-mph sweeper on the inside of San Diego’s changed pitcher Stephen Wilson’s second pitch and hit a double that flowed down the left field line, bringing in both runners.
Correa, who had been sluggish with a batting average of 0.189 until the previous day and received intensive booing from home fans, paid a ransom ($200 million in six years).