The San Diego Padres were rusty after a five-day break, dropping the first series of the second half to the Atlanta Braves. Here are three takeaways from the series sweep.
The San Diego Padres were hoping to pick up where they left off coming out of the All-Star break. Instead, they came up short against the Atlanta Braves and got swept in the first series of the second half.
It’s a tough situation to be in — the Friars took three out of four against the Los Angeles Dodgers and looked ready for a wild card chase. The All-Star break was littered with playoff talk and hype, both from Friar fans and the MLB alike.
As the dust settles, the Padres need to take a good look in the mirror and figure out what their priorities are this season.
How are they going to tackle the trade deadline? Are they buyers or sellers? Will they jump on an opportunity to snag a player they like, perhaps one who could push them into the playoffs this season, or take their time and see what their prospects can do?
Only time can tell, but the Friars have less than a month to figure that out.
Things will change once the roster expands in September. That’ll give San Diego the opportunity to take a closer look at some of their prospects in the pipeline and give them some experience in the majors.
That said, the 40-man roster might vary drastically depending on if the Padres are playing meaningful baseball in September.
Until then, here are three takeaways from the series loss to the Braves.