The San Diego Padres were in for an unpredictable season with the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr., who is sidelined until June with a wrist fracture. Losing Tatis before the season even began was a huge blow. Luckily, Manny Machado has stepped up to provide what the team needs. Machado...
EditorsNote: Small corrections, details in several places. Manny Machado had four extra-base hits in a game for the first time in his career and rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore held the Giants to one run on three hits over six innings as the San Diego Padres routed the Giants 10-1 on Sunday.
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On Saturday, San Diego Padres star Manny Machado not only showed off his power but his serious bat speed when he crushed a fastball deep to center field. While 99 mph pitches are not uncommon in MLB, they haven’t gotten any easier to hit. It takes a special player to be able to turn on that fast of a pitch and actually get a positive result from it. Many batters are just looking to get the wood on the ball, foul the pitch off and extend the at-bat. On Saturday, Machado did more than just survive.
Machado went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a 2-1 victory against San Francisco on Saturday. Machado plated the Padres' first run with a 425-foot shot to center field in the third inning. The long ball was his first since May 5 and his eighth overall this season. During his current five-game hitting streak, Machado is batting .348 (8-for-23) with three runs, two RBI and a stolen base.
Machado went 4-for-4 with three doubles, a triple, three runs scored, two RBI, and a walk in a 10-1 win Sunday over the Giants. Machado reached safely in all five plate appearances and amassed a season-high nine total bases. It was the third time this season that he recorded at least four hits and the second time he reached safely five times. The third baseman is having an MVP-caliber season and leads the National League in batting average, OBP, SLG, OPS, hits and total bases while playing his typical above-average defense and being successful in all seven stolen base attempts.
Ben Verlander breaks down the NL division. In the NL east, Verlander breaks down why Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies is the top position player, why Pablo López of the Miami Marlins is the top pitcher, and why the New York Mets are the best team. In the NL Central, Verlander reasons why Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals is the top position player, why Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers is the top pitcher, and why the Milwaukee Brewers are the best team. In the NL West, Verlander analyzes why Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres is the top position player, why Zac Gallen of the Arizona Diamondbacks is the top pitcher, and why the Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team.
The Phillies and Padres are squaring off in Philadelphia this week. Both teams entered the season with playoff aspirations and the Padres, to this point, have played like one of the best teams in baseball. Let's skip past the team-level stuff for now and concentrate on the two biggest names in the series, as they are forever tied to one another: Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
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Machado is not in Sunday's lineup against Atlanta, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He gets a well-earned day off for the morning game (11:35 AM first pitch) following Saturday night's game. This is Machado's first day off of the season. He is hitting .359/.439/.586 with seven home runs and six steals in 34 games.
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