The World Series favorites are the San Diego Padres. This is the first time that a Padres team has been this highly regarded in many years. The Padres are third in the line to win the World Series title because of their outstanding rookie performances, significant free agency moves and amazing trades.
The Padres will face stiff competition from the World Series Champions San Diego Padres and 2021 favorites, Los Angeles Dodgers. This means that if both teams make it to the playoffs, one of the two super-teams will be required to play in the Wild Card round. This is likely why the Padres and Dodgers aren’t ranked 1-2 on the odds-list at the moment.
The Padres made several league-changing moves in the offseason before the 2021 season. First, the Padres acquired Yu Darvish to lead their rotation. Darvish finished 2020 with a 2.11 ERA. This addition to the already strong rotation adds to the team’s youthful and diverse lineup, despite Mike Clevinger being absent for the season.
The Padres then went out and acquired Blake Snell, another CY Young talent. This deal is even more crazy because the lefty from Tampa Bay didn’t cost Padres much.
The Padres next move was to sign Korean-star Ha Seong Kim. The Padres could sign Kim either as a second baseman, or as a depth player for their lineup.
You are mistaken if you think it is over. Fernando Tatis, a rookie sensation in baseball, was then signed by the Padres. Over 14 years, the contract is valued at $340 million. The contract is initially very affordable and slowly increases in value to $30+ million per year.
Padres 2021 Lineup
With the signings of several big-name players in 2018, and 2019, the Padres have transformed themselves from being mere afterthoughts into legitimate contenders. They now have Fernando Tatis, one of the most promising players in the game, who has just signed a $340 million mega-deal. The Padres’ batting lineup looked like this as of this writing:
- Trent Grisham
- Fernando Tatis Jr.
- Manny Machado
- Eric Hosmer
- Tommy Pham
- Will Myers
- Jake Cronenworth
- Austin Nola
- Pitchers Spot
Predictions for Padres 2021
FanGraphs projects San Diego finishing the season with a record 95-67. This would be the third best record in the Major Leagues. The offense looks great in a park that is pitcher-friendly. The pitching staff is well-trained to handle the opposition. My only concern is the bottom of their batting order. If the injury bug gets its head, it could quickly cause havoc. I think the win total is high. I believe that before I can trust you, you have to prove me that you can do it. I would bet on the under on their win total, as I believe they reach around 91.Last Updated on October 2, 2021