Padres top performers of the week April 19-25

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The San Diego Padres had an eventful, up-and-down week, and several players stood out. 

The Friars started the week by getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. Then they limped into Dodger Stadium to face the best team in baseball. They were able to rally and put together one of the most exciting series of the entire season, finishing the week 3-4 after taking three out of four from L.A.

Here are the players that stood out above the rest.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

You were expecting someone else? Long gone are the days of Alexi Amarista and Erick Aybar. Tatis reminded everyone this week that he is the most electric player in the entire game. It started to show late in the series against the Brewers when he lined a pinch-hit single in Tuesday’s game before slapping a double against one of the best relievers in baseball, Josh Hader, in Wednesday’s series finale.

After arriving in L.A., the dam broke, and Tatis was playing like the best player in baseball once again. After floundering through the first few weeks of his season, with a .118 batting average and measly .525 OPS heading into the series against the Brewers, things clicked at Dodger Stadium. First, on Thursday, Tatis singled and stole a base. On Friday against ace Clayton Kershaw, Tatis launched two home runs, both off of the three-time Cy Young winner. He added a single, giving him three hits in the game.

Against Trevor Bauer on Saturday, his encore was just as riveting. He took Bauer deep twice, making it back-to-back multi-homer games for the superstar shortstop.

On Sunday, in the national spotlight of Sunday Night Baseball, Tatis had a few more tricks up his sleeve. In the fourth inning, facing Dustin May, who had nasty stuff all day, Tatis lined a ball just over the center-field wall for his amazing fifth home run in three games, setting all kinds of records. He also stole a key base late in the game that set up Eric Hosmer’s go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, which ended up being the difference in the victory.

On the week overall, Tatis batted .385 with five home runs, seven RBI, a whopping 1.467 OPS, and a head-spinning 281 wRC+. He is now tied for the major league-lead with seven home runs on the season. He boosted his season average from .118 t0 .246 and his OPS from .525 to .970, among the best in the league.

Yu Darvish

For the second time in a week, Darvish found himself dueling against one of the best pitchers of this generation, Clayton Kershaw. Darvish, as he did in the first matchup, matched him step-for-step. Against his former team, the team he pitched for in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, Darvish was looking for a bit of revenge, and he got it. For the third straight start, Darvish went seven solid innings, once again sparing the bullpen from a long night of work. He struck out nine while allowing just one run in the process.

Darvish currently owns a stifling 2.27 ERA and 160 ERA+ in five starts.

Ryan Weathers

Weathers has been pressed into starting duty since Adrian Morejon went down with an injury that led to him needing Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old has been nothing short of fantastic early on. He shows little fear or hesitation and ample amounts of confidence in himself. This week, he was tasked with competing with Dodgers ace Walker Buehler in Game 1 of the four-game set.

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All he did was go toe-to-toe with one of the best lineups in baseball and shut them down for 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and zero runs while striking out six. He has been a revelation for the Padres, who were scrambling to find a quality replacement when Morejon went down.

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1 thought on “Padres top performers of the week April 19-25

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the series with LA. We underperformed against the Brewers which was very frustrating.

    While we certainly had bright spots and players deserving of the spotlight as you have wonderfully written about, we need to also discuss the glaring issues this club faces to which were exposed in detail this last week.

    Preller needs to trade for a viable outfielder now. Neither Pham nor Profar has shown they deserve a full time starting role. I think Profar needs to bat left handed all the time. It’s pretty obvious he cannot hit from the right side. Pham just doesn’t look like he’s capable of hitting for average. Our offensive production from the catching position has been awful at best. Nola can not get back soon enough. I know it will be this week. I hope he quickly starts hitting and filling that gaping hole in the lineup.

    While our starting pitching has been good overall, we have issues facing us. I cannot see Paddack succeeding as a starter as a two pitch pitcher. I don’t think anyone believes his curve is a realistic option as a third pitch. I see him sliding to the bullpen sooner than later.

    Weathers has been a great surprise. The league will start to figure him out and he’ll hopefully adjust and continue to mix his pitches and remain an effective starting pitcher.

    I fear Lemet is going to need the surgery that could have occurred 7 months ago. Hopefully he won’t be giving us an inning or two and decimating our relief pitching every 5-6 days. We need more consistency than that if we plan on remaining on the Dodgers heels.

    I hope Gore will be ready in May or June to take a regular spot in the rotation and be the stud he’s been hyped to be.

    We have so many relief pitchers on the IL that I think we are suffering through the second tier pitchers we’ve been forced to trot out there. These guys get paid to throw strikes and get guys out. To have a MLB pitcher throw walk walk HBP is ridiculous.

    I know there’s no immediate fix and that it’s early in the season. I get that, I do. But, if we want to be considered a top tier team, as we’ve been designated this year, we need to do better and be better. So far I see us with 3 losses that shouldn’t have been. Over a full year that equates to 10-15 games that will make a huge difference in making the playoffs or not.

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