San Diego Padres 1st half recap
As we approach the All-Star break (seven more games) your San Diego Padres have the most players on the NL All-Star roster with four. Fernando Tatis Jr. was voted into the mid summer classic by the fans. The following Padres got voted in via peer voting, Yu Darvish, Mark Melancon and Jake Cronenworth.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is on an absolute tear this season batting over the .300 mark at .302 with 27 home runs and 58 RBI’s. He is on pace to hit about 53 HR’s and drive in 115 runs. 53 home runs would be a new San Diego Padres record surpassing Greg Vaughan’s record of 50 set in 1998. The last Padre to hit more than 30 home runs was Adrian Gonzalez who hit 40 HR’s back in 2009. This will be Fernando’s first career All-Star Game.
Yu Darvish is having a great season that could have been amazing if it wasn’t for the fact the Padres bats have not been hot during many of his starts. He has 10 no decisions to date to go along with 7 wins and 3 losses. A really good era of 2.65 and an outstanding WHIP of .95. Darvish has been striking out at least one batter per inning this season. Darvish is on pace to collect 14 wins and 6 losses (alongside 20 no decisions). A 14 win season would rank 2nd best in his career behind his 16 win season in 2012. Over the past four seasons the most wins Darvish has had was 8. One off his current total! With all this in mind, it’s no wonder he is a contender for the NL Cy Young award this year. His current odds, according to Sports Betting Dime, is listed at +2200. The season is still young so we can hope to see the odds improve. This will be Yu’s 5th career All-Star Game.
The Padres have landed another closer into the mid summer classic in Mark Melancon. Mark is sitting pretty as he leads all of MLB with 25 saves. He is on pace to collect a total of 50 saves. That would be the 2nd best season of his career behind his record 51 saves coming in 2015. The Padres save record is 53 that was set by Trevor Hoffman during the magical 1998 season. Don’t get toooo overly excited tho. Melancon has blown a four saves so far this season. That ranks him as the 3rd most blown saves in MLB this season. This will be Mark’s fourth All-Star game and first since 2016.
No one deserves to be headed to the All-Star game more than San Diego Padres fan favorite Jake “The Rake” Cronenworth. This is Jake’s first full season of games (abbreviated covid season). Jake is on pace to hit 24 home runs and drive in 68 RBIS. I seriously cannot remember the last team the Padres had a second baseman hit 20 or more homeruns. According to research Mark Loretta hit a career high 16 HR’s for the Padres back in 2004. This will be Jake’s first career All-Star Game.
The San Diego Padres are off to a hot start in 2021 looking to return to the playoffs for just the 2nd time since 2006. Is the world series out of the picture for the Padres? Only time will tell if the Padres can march back to the World Series for the third time in San Diego Padres history.
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