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Padres Daily: The actual line-up length has finally been model

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What happened in the last two games was likely to happen for a very long time, or over five days that felt like five weeks.

The Padres’ extended lineup finally did what it was designed to do.

You can read about yesterday’s unique 13-7 victory over the Giants in my game story here.

Every player in the Padres lineup scored at least one hit and at least one run.

They got blockbusters and timely hits. They hit on hit on base.

Austin Nola scored the final run for the Padres after a two-run home run in the sixth, causing the Padres six-run third on a 10-pitch walk.

“At the time, I was trying to do my job. Get on base and lead the inning,” Nora said. “The biggest thing here is making[the pitcher Jakob Junis]work and putting together a good at-bat. The guys behind me, because they’re the guys.”

That’s true. The Padres now have a man.

Jurickson Profar and Juan Soto hit singles, Manny Machado doubled, Josh Bell walked, Brandon Drury and Jake Cronenworth hit singles. The out was then made before Trent Grisham singled and Nora drove a run on a fielder’s choice ground ball.

“If only I could get into the mindset of doing my job and getting to the base…” Nora said.

In the sixth inning, the Padres scored seven runs after two outs. He had a seven-hit streak, including home runs by Drury and Nora, although he was helped by an error.

Suddenly, clichés didn’t sound so ridiculous. they make sense.

“That’s what we expect every game,” Plofer said. “Just put good at-bats[together]and good things will happen.”

Five games in, the Padres rolled out a line-up that seemed to finally have the long-sought length.

Catchers who hit leadoffs (Nora) and cleanups (Jorge Alfaro) were ninth. In virtually every season he batted 2nd or Cronenworth, where he batted 3rd, was batting 3–5 ranks below. Will Myers hit eights for the second time in his career. Sato hit the second. (Juan Soto! In front of Machado.) Bell, the No. 4 hitter, had 14 home runs. No. 5 Drury hit his 21st home run, more than any player who has been with the Padres all season.

Still, they lost all five games and had an offensive stretch of five games, the worst of the season.

They almost certainly don’t regularly put out 6 runs in one inning and 7 in another in very many games. But now regular and larger innings are conceivable.

This is mostly because the Padres don’t have to think about the bigger innings.

“If you know you have a good lineup, you don’t have to worry about hitting the winning home run,” Soto said. “You just pass the baton and let other members do the work, like you did yesterday, like you did today.”

When the Padres said last week that it would take time for the lineup to “jelly” with new additions, what it mainly meant was that everyone needed to understand how to make sure the lineup worked the way it was designed. It was said that there was

“If you look at our best innings and best games as offense, it seems like every player who comes out in that inning has quality plate appearances,” said Cronenworth. “Even if it’s out, it’s tough out. It’s not easy for a pitcher. And you’ve seen it in the third inning, walk, base, bases loaded, another base. And it keeps happening.” , you keep loading the bases and there’s no way to get out of it.

“I think with our lineup, you know that and take the pressure off and you know the guy behind you is a hitter as good as you are. I think that’s really good. The biggest thing in this situation.” The thing is, having someone else in the lineup takes the pressure off, you don’t have to feel pressured to hit a big hit or a home run, just go out there and execute your approach and plan. Good things will happen.”

That’s what happened yesterday.

little thing

  • The Padres’ four hits with the bases loaded in the third inning was the third most in franchise history. They scored five runs in one inning against the Cubs on July 24, 2014. They were his August 23, 2002 game against the Marlins, in which he had six in the first inning.
  • Yesterday was the Padres 28th Third-most comeback wins in the major leagues.But it was just 11th when they won the game trailing after the fifth inning. It was the second time he came back by more than three runs, and the first time he came back twice in one match to win.
  • Soto extended his on-base record to 16 games with 2 hits in 5 at bats. 357/.471/.607 in his seven games (35 at-bats) with the Padres.
  • Machado is 3-for-5 in two doubles, batting .363 with a .990 OPS in eight games (36 at-bats) since Soto’s arrival. 194 with 677 OPS in his 29 games until Soto’s arrival.
  • Kim Ha-sun hit two bases in three straight games for the first time in his career. He leads the team in .299 batting average and .357 on-base percentage since June 28 (minimum 50 at-bats).
  • Cronenworth had three hits for the eighth time this season, but not since July 11th.
  • Nola has a .292 batting average and a .753 OPS over the past two months (36 games).
  • You can read about Soto and Bell’s return to Washington in Jeff Sanders’ notebooks here. He also wrote about Brandon Drury hitting a home run that no one could take away from him and Nora catching a day game after a night game for the third time this season and the second time in five days.

stocks make sense

There was a hulaballoo made last week when an anonymous baseball executive in The Athletic’s Jayson Stark article said he wasn’t sure what the Padres business model would be after the trade of Soto et al.

There have been some surprises around baseball over the years that Peter Seidler is a rogue owner who has disrupted the system to some extent by committing so much financially to a mid-market franchise. was.

The Padres are selling more tickets, so more concessions and parking tickets are being sold. They are on pace to pass his 3 million fans for the second time in Petco Park history. And it will take a lot of tickets and beer to pay off the $70 million that Soto owes over the next two seasons. prize.

But these days, some say look no further than the $4.65 billion price tag that Walmart heir Rob Walton paid for the Denver Broncos. The approved acquisition closed at nearly $1 billion above the franchise’s latest valuation by Forbes.

Acquired for $800 million in 2012, the Padres is valued at $1.6 billion by Forbes. It’s not the same as their value. The team virtually always sells for far more than its “value”.

Balancing the books each year is a legitimate challenge for MLB teams. That doesn’t mean they don’t have money to spend.

All right, that’s it. Early flight this morning.

We don’t have a game today, so I’ll talk to you after the opening game in Washington on Saturday.