February 25, 2021

The San Diego Padres Need Their Young Arms to Come Into Their Own to Turn the Corner (Baseball Essential)


It seems that the San Diego Padres religiously end the regular season on a high note, leaving their fan base and the sport buzzing with optimism about their future. This offseason is no different, but if this pattern stays the course it means the Padres would miss the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season. The only way they’re going to turn the corner is if their young starting pitchers come into their own.

The Padres 2020 starting rotation projects to include Chris Paddack, Zach Davies, Garrett Richards, Dinelson Lamet, and Joey Lucchesi.

Paddack had a standout rookie season. Recording a 3.33 ERA and an 0.98 WHIP whole totaling 153 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .204 batting average across 26 starts, he exemplified excellence on the rubber. He overpowered hitters with his fastball and got them to whiff badly at his changeup. The 24-year-old is a future ace, if he isn’t one already.

Davies was acquired in a November trade with the Milwaukee Brewers where the Padres sent infielder Luis Urias and left-hander Eric Lauer to Milwaukee for the right-hander and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season was a plausible bounce-back season for Davis after he was left off the…

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