4 Reasons to Bet on the Padres Winning the 2020 World Series
The baseball community knew that the Padres had a lot of talent on their roster, but this was a project that was supposed to take another 2-3 years to come to fruition.
The problem is somebody forgot to send that memo to Jayce Tingler and the guys inside his clubhouse.
As we close out the regular season and get set to embark on the MLB Playoffs, there are still many unknowns. However, one thing that’s certain is that nobody in the National League wants to face San Diego in a series.
I’ll now unveil a four-pack of reasons why you should bet on the Padres to win the 2020 World Series.
Young and Hungry
Here’s a franchise that had entered the year on the heels of nine consecutive seasons winning 77 or fewer games. They hired a 39-year-old skipper with no prior managerial experience and they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006.
One might look at San Diego’s youth and exuberance and think that’ll hinder them in the playoffs.
I look at the situation through a different lens.
When LA’s postseason gets underway, the Dodgers have a lot of scar tissue to contend with from memories from past failures. On the flips side, the Padres are too young and too brash to get caught up in the “moment.”
Instead, look for San Diego to relish an opportunity to compete on the biggest stage.
Clevinger Appears to Have Avoided Disaster
The mid-season acquisition of Mike Clevinger didn’t just bolster the Friars rotation – it turned the Padres into a legitimate World Series contender.
The organization received a scare when Clevinger was pulled after just 12 pitches in a September 23rd outing, but A.J. Preller can now breathe a big sigh of relief.
There is significant optimism that San Diego Padres pitcher Mike Clevinger avoided a serious injury, according to league sources. He received additional tests today and while nothing is official, there is hope he will be able to pitch at some point in the postseason.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) September 24, 2020
Exactly how long Mike will be out is still up in the air, but all signs are pointing to him returning after the Wild Card Round. His presence significantly boosts San Diego’s chances of making a deep run.
Speed on the Basepaths
Home runs bring excitement, and there’s no question that Jayce Tingler has plenty of guys with serious pop in their bats. What else makes Tingler’s bunch stand out is their ability to play small-ball and manufacture runs.
San Diego leads the majors in stolen bases – which in turn has enabled them to produce more runs than any team not named the Braves or the Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trent Grisham each have recorded double-digits steals, while three other players have swiped at least six bags.
A lot of offenses turn stagnant in the postseason when the long ball dries up. That won’t be the case for a group as charismatic as the Padres.
The Emergence of Manny Machado
Halfway through the 2020 MLB season, a San Diego Padres infielder was running away with the NL MVP award. Fast forward to the end of September and it’s another member of the left side of San Diego’s infield who’s the favorite to claim the distinguished honor.
After a disappointing first season in “America’s Finest City,” Manny Machado has returned to glory and looks every bit worth his $300 million contract. He’s going to end the year among the NL leaders in all Triple Crown categories, and here’s the confirmation you need to know just how outstanding Manny has been.
Machado’s 2.9 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) tops all Major League hitters.
Dinelson Lamet probably isn’t going to win the NL Cy Young, but the 28-year-old hard-throwing righty has been absolutely lights-out in 2020. Zach Davies deserves some NL Cy Young votes as well, while Chris Paddack is the San Diego pitcher with arguably the most upside of them all.
We’re talking about a stellar rotation and the most dynamic batting order in the National League (sorry Dodgers).
That’s enough for me to bet on the Padres to win the World Series.
If you’re looking for an AL team to get behind before the Wild Card round begins, betting on the White Sox winning the World Series is also rather intriguing.