In week five of our simulated 2020 season for the San Diego Padres, the team just keeps on coming together and winning.
It’s really hard to believe that we’d already be a month into the regular season had it started on time. And if our simulated season can be believed, the San Diego Padres would still be very much in the mix in the NL West.
After a bit of a slow start to the season, the Padres are 14-3 in the last three weeks.
And in case you’re new to this series, this is not me playing these games on MLB The Show, I’m simply simulating each game and letting the computer play it out.
With another big week the Padres are now tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second best record in the NL West and are just 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. And if the season ended right now, the Padres and Diamondbacks would face off in the NL Wild Card game.
The schedule still remains pretty light for San Diego as they won a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers this past week on the road and then got a huge four-game series win at home over the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a team, the Padres are in the middle of the league in pitching and offense with a .244/.312/.445 team slashline and 3.46 team ERA. The offense will really need to pick it up as the schedule gets tougher.
Week 5 Results
Zach Davies remains red hot on the mound with an ERA of 1.74. He went 6.2 innings against the Cardinals and allowed just 1 unearned run on 9 hits and 3 walks with 7 strikeouts.
Joey Lucchesi continues to struggle with an ERA of 7.09 now.
As you might expect, Fernando Tatis Jr. remains red hot and is now hitting .310 on the season with 8 home runs and 28 RBI. For whatever reason, the computer benched him twice this week, so I’ll have to look more into that.
Manny Machado and Francisco Mejia are both ice cold right now hitting .209 and .187 respectively. Machado does lead the team with 9 home runs at least — and somehow he leads the team in steals as well with four.
Second base was my biggest concern for the real Padres this year those concerns seem warranted based on the simulation.
That’s it for week five. Let me know in the comments below if you think it’s time to shake up the lineup. Have a great weekend!