Who’s hot and who’s not for Padres: June 12-18

Jun 18, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) reacts after scoring on a fielders choice by left fielder Juan Soto (not pictured) against the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports

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The Padres had a successful week, at 4-2. They won both home series against the Cleveland Guardians and Tampa Bay Rays.

Who played well, and who struggled?


Xander Bogaerts

Even with the power numbers still lacking, Bogaerts put together a solid week. He batted .350 with a 150 wRC+ throughout the week. He also is experiencing a surge in stolen bases, with three this week.

Josh Hader

Quite simply, Hader was three-for-three in save opportunities this week, including two against the best team in baseball. He continues to be one of the best closer in baseball. The Padres’ closer is currently tied for second in saves in the National League. He mowed down the Rays in order on Sunday.

Blake Snell

Snell is putting together a resume for NL Pitcher of the Month for June. In fact, he is on a historic run. He has struck out 12 in back-to-back starts.

Snell is in complete control. He absolutely shut down his former team, the Rays, on Saturday. He struck out a dozen, with two hits and no runs allowed. With a few more solid starts, he should even be considered for the All-Star Game.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

If Shohei Ohtani is the Sorcerer Supreme in the American League, consider Tatis in the running for the honor in the National League. El Niño is a man of many nicknames, but “Captain Chaos” needs to be added. The play at second base on Sunday against the Rays perfectly encapsulated what Tatis can do for this team. He is pure electricity.

Over the weekend, he helped the Padres get a key series win over the Rays. He finished the week with a 294 wRC+ with an other-worldly 1.524 OPS, including two homers and four stolen bases. He has a serious case for National League Player of the Week.

Michael Wacha

After winning NL Pitcher of the Month in May, Wacha continues to build off of his strong start to the year. In a 5-0 win over the Guardians, Wacha tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings with five strikeouts and one walk. That marked a second straight start of at least six shutout innings.

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Matt Carpenter

Aside from Gary Sanchez and a few bombs from Nelson Cruz this week, the designated hitter has been a black hole. Carpenter continues to struggle, not collecting a single hit with a 46.2 percent strikeout rate this week. He has been virtually worthless for several weeks.

Jake Cronenworth

Unfortunately, Cronenworth has found himself on this side of the hot/not list far too often this year. A .182 average and .490 OPS illustrate the punchless week the first baseman had. He owns a .212 average and 93 OPS+ overall this season.

Yu Darvish

Darvish continues to lack consistency this year, which is abnormal for him. Darvish has allowed ten earned runs in his last two starts combined. As of now, Darvish has been a massive disappointment this season. He owns a 4.74 ERA and 86 ERA+ this year.

Gary Sanchez

We were all told to enjoy the ride with Sanchez while it lasted. There is a reason why he has been on five teams since March 2022. The bottom would eventually fall out. This week, it did. He did hit a home run. However, that was his only hit of the entire week, going 1-for-20 with a .368 OPS. Even still, he appears to be an upgrade over Austin Nola, as he consistently hits the ball hard when he makes contact.

Ryan Weathers

The Guardians teed off on Weathers right from the jump in an 8-6 loss for the Padres. Six of those eight runs allowed were charged to Weathers in less than two innings. That marks the second time in his last three appearances that Weathers had allowed at least four runs without completing two innings.

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