The Major Leagues have played just under 60 games as of July 7. That’s 38% of the 162-game season.
The most disappointing MLB team right now is the San Diego Padres of the National League West. They’re dead last in terms of payroll. The team’s $247.4 million payroll ranks third overall. However, their record is 28-33, good for fourth place in the NL West.
They lost the first game of a two-game short series against the Seattle Mariners 1-4 on July 7 (KST). They were held to just four hits. Went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The lone run came in the bottom of the third inning on a bunt single by Kim with runners on first and second and a fumbled check-swinging grounder to first by Fernando Tatis Jr. Kim, batting leadoff, also went 0-for-3, dropping his batting average to .247.
Starter Joe Musgrove was pulled after five innings but did his job. He allowed one run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, putting his team in position to win. However, he was unable to capitalize on his 5-0 shutout the day before.
Seattle capitalized on the San Diego bullpen, including Teoscar Hernandez’s 10th homer of the season in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 1-1 and Julio Rodriguez’s 11th solo shot of the season in the eighth, en route to a 4-1 victory.
The win in San Diego moved them to 30-30 after being swept in a three-game weekend series by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers to fall below .500. Starter Logan Gilbert improved to 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA over seven innings of three-hit ball with two walks and six strikeouts.
San Diego’s biggest problem has been its inability to hit with runners in scoring position. The bats have been silent with runners in scoring position, as evidenced by their 8-for-8 night. They are currently batting .194 with runners in scoring position. It’s the only team in the top 30. That’s a staggering .143 compared to the Texas Rangers’ .337, who have scored 10 or more runs 16 times this year. Texas is the only third-place team, a stark difference from San Diego.
The lethargic hitting with runners in scoring position is reflected in their record. The Rangers have lost three straight games this year. After their last three-game losing streak from April 30-May 2, they won just three games in a row. That’s why they can’t break the 5-win mark. 스포츠토토
The question is, when will San Diego’s rebound materialize, as the team has fallen off the face of the earth despite having All-Stars Fernando Tatis Jr, Manny Machado, Juan Soto and Xander Bogaerts.