PADRES 2021 REVIEW:

In the San Diego Padres 52-year storied history they have made the playoffs a total of 7 times. In 2021 the Padres were able to make it to the post-season in back-to-back seasons, something they have accomplished only one other time back in 2005-2006. They have never been to the playoffs in 3 consecutive years. For many other franchises finishing with a record of 99-63 but losing in the Wild Card Game of the post-season would be considered a failed season. When your baseball team has only gone to the playoffs 6 other times in 52 years, you call it a successful season. Did the Padres have bigger things in mind? You bet your ass they did, but this season was a meat-grinder of epic proportions. With division rival LA Dodgers, the Central Division winning St. Louis Cardinals and the East Division Champs Atlanta all winning over 100 games and then you have the other Wild Card team the Mets, who have baseballs greatest starting pitcher in today’s game you can see why the Padres would still call this a successful season, but would any of the other NL clubs consider their season a success? Besides the Dodgers who got to the World Series, probably not. With any luck from the baseball Gods next season the NL West race will be a lot closer than it was this past season as the Padres are confident in their squad. They are still a very young team and had a lot of injury woes a season ago. Let’s hope next season is different, and we really get to see the heavy-weight bout between these two star studded baseball teams. One this is for sure the Dodgers and Padres are going to be a pair of baseballs best and brightest teams for a number of years to come.

Offense:
Now let’s get to the good stuff, statistics. Last season’s offense was paced by newcomer, from those Mets who beat them in the Wild Card Round, 27-year-old Shortstop Francisco Lindor. Not only is Lindor an MVP candidate but he also played well enough to have his name in discussions for the Gold Glove award and Silver Slugger awards for the NL Shortstop position. He finished the season playing in 157 games while mashing 33 Home Runs, driving in 97 runs and hitting at a .326 clip. He also had a on-base percentage of .399 and a 10.1-WAR. MVP with 97 RBI? When you look deeper into his numbers you see a large portion of his at-bats (529 of 605) came from the 2 hole, and you might think his numbers begin to look more impressive. Lindor wasn’t the only fresh face in San Diego who put themselves in award conversations. First Baseman Vladimir Guerrero Led the Padres in RBIs with 114 while hitting for a .293 batting average. He did disappoint in the home run category though as he was only capable of hitting 21 pitches over the fence in 2021, but the Padres fans are still very much encouraged with this 22-year-old stud. The next first year Padre to have an excellent season would have been 26-year-old rookie second basemen Ha-seong Kim. Last season a lot of teams around Major League Baseball called, interested in bringing in Kim and the Padres GM told all of them he wasn’t interested in trading the young infielder. Now we know why. The Rookie of The Year hopeful hit 20 home runs 64 RBIs and finished with a 4.5 WAR.
On the last day of May, a season ago GM Parm was able to bring in 27-year-old Joey Gallo from the Rangers, and he put on a show for the Padres fans. Gallo led the Padres in home runs with 40, he also hit 105 RBIs and finished with the second highest batting average of his career at .219. His average might not jump at you, but those other numbers certainly do. Next, we get to Center Fielder Byron Buxton. The 27-year-old defensive extraordinaire didn’t get to showcase his talents for very long as he was injured for a good portion of the season was only able to play in 111 games. The wizardry in CF was still on display however how he finished with a 12.0 zone rating in the enormous Petco Park. Offensively Buxton struggled slightly and finished with a .226 batting average 15 home runs and 39 RBIs.
The only disappointing newcomer for the Padres offense would have been catcher Gary Sanchez. A high risk, high reward coup for the Padres at the trade deadline last season proved to be a bust in Southern California. In 43 games for he Padres he hit 6 home runs 20 RBIs and was only able to connect for a .157 batting average. With the Yankees he played 70 games hitting 7 home runs and 25 RBIs while having a batting average of just .184. Rumors early around the Padres say they don’t even intend to offer him arbitration and are going to allow the $6,000,000+ catcher walk, as it appears they are going to go back to Victor Caratini instead of forking over the heftier contract to Gary.Well Folks, that’s all the time we have for now. But check back with us in the very near future as we review the pitching side of the ball from last season. The pitchers had a lot of new faces and Im excited to bring you their numbers. The pitchers that will discussed will include German Marquez, Nate Pearson, Adrian Morejon, MacKenzie Gore, Kenta Maeda, Ryan Pressly, Francis Martes, Dinelson Lamet, Emmanuel Clase, Drew Pomeranz, Alex Colome, Emilio Pagan, Keone Kela, Austin Adams and lastly Francis Martes.

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