Can Fernando Tatis Jr., whose banned substance suspension is over, be a savior to the thirsty San Diego Padres lineup?
Last year, Tatis Jr., who was suspended for 80 games for taking a banned substance, was suspended on the 20th (Korean time). He will return to the away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix on the 21st.
San Diego has been suffering from severe scoring poverty lately. The last 4 matches are 0-0-1-1. It is an amazing score to have one win.
San Diego won 1-0 with Juan Soto’s solo home run against Atlanta at Petco Park on the 20th. He struggled to escape from a 3-game losing streak. Last 2 wins and 6 losses.
Starter Nick Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings, and after the bullpen blocked the eighth, closer Josh Hader recorded a scoreless save in the ninth.
The main hitters are in a collective slump at the beginning of the season. Soto, who hit a home run that day, has a batting average of 109.4 (13 hits in 67 at-bats) and an OPS of .790. Four home runs are comforting. Leading hitter Manny Machado, who signed a new 11-year, $350 million contract prior to the season, is only .590 with one home run OPS of .241 (19-for-79).
Jake Cronensworth, who signed a contract extension for 7 years and 80 million dollars in early April, is batting .201.5 (14 hits in 65 at-bats) with 3 homers and an OPS of .747. Ha-seong Kim also has a batting average of 201 07 (13 hits in 60 at-bats), 2 home runs, OPS of .671, and is not showing much strength in hitting.
Only Zander Bogarts, who signed a free agent contract last winter for $280 million in 2011, is doing his part with a batting average of .342 (26-for-76), 4 homers, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of .953. 43-year-old veteran Nelson Cruz is behind with a batting average of .295 (13 in 44 at-bats) with 3 homers and 12 RBIs and an OPS of .819. 스포츠토토
Tatis Jr. played in 8 games in Triple-A and bombed with a batting average of .515 (17 hits in 33 bats), 7 home runs, 15 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .590, a slugging percentage of 1.212, and an OPS of 1.802.
When Tatis Junior returns, it is expected that numbers 1-4 will be presented as Tatis Junior-Soto-Machado-Bogatz. Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to ignite the batting line in San Diego, which has been holding his breath.
If Tatis Jr. enters the starting lineup against Arizona on the 21st, he will play in the big leagues 563 days after the San Francisco Giants game on October 4, 2021.