San Diego Padres top performers for the week (August 3-9)

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The San Diego Padres split each series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks and currently sit with a record of 9-7. 

Let’s take a look at the three best performers during the past week of Padres baseball.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

File this under “duh.”

Tatis will receive strong consideration for National League Player of the Week for his performance over the past six games. Where to start? Tatis is the hottest hitter in baseball. The 21-year-old hit an amazing six home runs in his six games, including a home run in each of the last four games, including two on Saturday against Arizona, the only two runs San Diego scored that day.

Tatis finished the week batting .435 with a 1.741 OPS and 366 wRC+, with the latter two being the highest in the National League over the past seven days. He has set the baseball world ablaze with his other-worldly talent and numbers. If the season were to end today, he would be the favorite for the National League MVP, leading the major leagues with a 1.226 OPS, 1.7 fWAR, and 232 wRC+. He has reached base in each game this season and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak.

Wil Myers

Myers is on a revenge tour. After mostly disappointing in the last two seasons, he looks invigorated under new manager Jayce Tingler. The eight-year veteran went 4-for-8 in his two appearances against the Dodgers, with two home runs and a double.

Overall, Myers turned in a 1.158 OPS and 218 wRC+ in five games this week. He seems to be much more comfortable at the plate. Having the DH as an option looks to be helping Myers, as he has a 1.232 OPS in eight plate appearances as the designated hitter. Among players with a minimum of 30 plate appearances, Myers is second on the squad in OPS (1.017) and wRC+ (178).

Dinelson Lamet

Before Sunday, Zach Davies was the clear favorite among pitchers after he took a perfect game into the fifth inning. Lamet did him one better in Sunday’s 9-5 victory over Arizona. That wasn’t his first start of the week as he tossed 5 2/3 solid innings against the Dodgers, cruising through five hitless, shutout innings before Los Angeles staged a rally.

On Sunday, Lamet was in complete control from the beginning. The Dominican right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning while striking out 11 without walking a single batter. It was his seventh career double-digit strikeout game. It was more than enough for the Padres victory. Now, he is eighth in the majors in ERA+ at 255 and tied for fifth with 28 strikeouts.

It’s hard to pick against a player who tossed a combined 11 2/3 no-hit innings in a week, with 13 total strikeouts and just two walks.

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