The San Diego Padres batting line, which has been struggling at the beginning of the season, will soon form a ‘complete body’.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is scheduled to join the team from an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 21st (hereinafter Korean time) after completing an 80-game drug suspension.
Tatis is currently checking his batting condition at Triple-A in the minor leagues. As of the 19th, he had a batting average of 0.515 (17 hits in 33 at-bats), 7 home runs and 15 RBIs in 8 games. As the numbers show, Minor is no place for Tatis.
Tatis’ last major league game is on October 4, 2021, away against the San Francisco Giants.
San Diego manager Bob Melvin now has a new dilemma. No, it may have solved the problem in my heart. It’s the exact order. It is a matter of arranging the batting order of the ‘Big 4’, which leads to Tatis, Juan Soto, Manny Machado, and Xander Bogatz.
Tatis’ position has already been decided. right fielder
In this regard, ESPN reported on the 20th, ‘Melvin discussed the batting order of the top four hitters while considering his options, figuring out and weighing their preferences.’ It means that the players were called and exchanged opinions about the batting order.
The batting order predicted by ESPN for the day is as follows.
Leadoff is Tatis. He started 116 career games as the number one hitter. Most by category. Manager Melvin said, “Tatis’ appearance feels like a hurricane entering the plate.”
Tatis is quick on his feet. He recorded 52 stolen bases in his three major league seasons. It is also a giant gun that won the National League home run king with 42 home runs in 2021.
The second hitter is Soto. As the only left-handed hitter among the four, if Soto bats second, the possibility of first base runner Tatis stealing second base increases. Pitchers have no choice but to throw fastballs, so Soto has an advantage. Also, the opponent has no choice but to have a hard time using left pitcher in the second half of the game. If Soto plays left-handed hitter number 2, it is ambiguous to bet a left-handed pitcher against Soto because numbers 3 and 4 are all right-handed hitters.
But I don’t really like Soto’s second batting order. In an ESPN interview last week, he said, “I told my manager in Washington that I liked the number 3. The manager wanted me to hit the number 2 so much, but I didn’t agree at all. In the end, the manager went as he wanted, but I didn’t like it.” Even if you like number 4 or number 4, you have to do what helps the team in the end. I will make it easy for you to play in whichever batting order you are assigned. It doesn’t matter if you go out as number 2 hitter.
Batting third is Machado. This is because Machado will receive a lot of good hits because he has hard hitters like Bogatz and Jake Cronenworth behind him. Machado, who finished second in the National League MVP last year, played in 114 games as a third hitter and 33 games as a second hitter.
“I don’t care if it’s second, third or fourth,” Machado told ESPN. “We’ll be able to bring runners in. We’ll get on base and we’ll be a threat to opponents wherever we are. Personally, I don’t have a particular batting order.” revealed
Naturally, Bogatz takes over number 4. Bogarts, who moved to San Diego this year, has appeared in 8 out of 19 games as a hitter and 11 as a fourth hitter. Machado added, “Bogatz is a very pure hitter. He hits the ball well and otherwise he drives the count well.” Among these four players, the strikeout rate is the lowest. Bogatz is 10.8%, and the other three are all over 20%.
The combined value of Tatis (14 years, $340 million), Machado (11 years, $350 million), and Bogatz (11 years, $280 million), who signed long-term contracts, is $970 million (approximately 1 trillion won). 289.8 billion won). If Soto signs a free agent contract, the total amount exceeds $500 million (approximately 664.8 billion won). It’s an amazing 4 people.안전놀이터
Meanwhile, since #1 to #4 have been sorted out, you can place Jake Cronenworth, Matt Carpenter, Trent Grisham, Ha-Sung Kim, and Austin Nola depending on the situation after #5.