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Evaluating the Padres First 10 Games

Now that the Padres have finished 10 games (or one-sixth) of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, it’s time to evaluate how they have done:

Hot Start?

After the first ten games of the shortened season, the Padres are at a solid 6-4 and are looking to make more noise. On pace for 36 wins, things are looking up for manager Jayce Tingler and his guys. The Padres were able to take three out of four in the opening series against division rival Arizona, which proved to be a great kick start for the year.

Let’s go by the basics to see just how the Padres got here.

Batting

The Friars’ hitting has been pretty solid within the first ten games. Productive and reliable bats like Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer have provided their usual pop in the lineup, as they do just about every season.

Fernando Tatis Jr. has seemed to pick things up where he left off last year, as he already has nine-RBIs this year, with a 0.5 WAR. Last year’s breakout star has proved doubters that he can keep his production levels up.

Newly acquired players Tommy Pham and Trent Grisham have really made a difference in these first ten games as well.

Trent Grisham ready to lay down a bunt.

Grisham slugging three home runs with a batting line of .263 has been a great sign of what might come for this young player. Pham, who has had a great career, keeps adding to it, as he is hitting .306 as of now. General manager A.J. Preller must be excited and pleased with his new additions thus far.

Starting Pitching

While the Padres have always seemed to struggle with finding good pitching, the year 2020 might turn out a little different.

The Ace of the staff, Chris Paddack, has proven once again why he’s an ace. The 24-year-old righty has given the team two fantastic outings so far, letting up just two earned runs in 11 innings pitched, while striking out 15. His 1.64 ERA is one of the best in the big leagues right now, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Other starters like Dinelson Lament and Garrett Richards have also had great showings. Lament has racked up 15 K’s as well in his first two starts this season while having a sub-two ERA. Richards has fanned 12 in 10 -2/3 IP and has proven to be a reliable arm.

Dinelson Lamet throwing a strike.

The Bullpen

The relief pitching for the Padres hasn’t been as great as the starting pitching but has still proven to be effective when needed.

A bright spot in the pen has been the newly acquired Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz has gotten off to a hot start as he has appeared in six games, has thrown 5-1/3 innings and hasn’t given up a run yet. In fact, he’s only allowed one hit.

However, another newly acquired player Emilio Pagan has had a different start in his new threads. Pagan has struggled with a 9.64 ERA after four appearances. The good news for him is that many games have yet to be played.

Yes, the Padres have done fairly well these first ten games. Yes, it is very good to see if you are a friars fan. But in sixty games anything is bound to happen. Let’s just hope the Padres can keep this up. If they do, we might be able to see them in the 2020 MLB Postseason.

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