We continue our simulated 2020 season of the San Diego Padres on MLB The Show as we move into week six, which was not a great one.
After several really good weeks for the San Diego Padres, they hit a rough patch in week six of our simulated season.
And yes, we would have already been six weeks into the regular season. It just keeps getting more-and-more depressing.
The Padres started the week with a home stand against the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers and fell flat on their face getting swept in the three-game series and only scoring 5 runs in the series.
They then traveled to St. Louis and won the first game of the series but dropped the next two for back-to-back series losses for the first time all season.
Thursday was one of their two off days in the month of May, and today (Friday, May 8) they would have started a three-game series at the Dodgers.
Taking a look at the standings, the Padres are now 7.5 games behind the Dodgers in the West and are two games behind the Diamondbacks. The Padres fell back five games in the division this past week alone — that’s not good.
As a team, their batting average dropped from .244 last week to .238 this week and their team ERA went from 3.46 up to 3.75.
I said last week the schedule was about to get a lot harder and the offense would need to pick things up — so far, that hasn’t happened.
Player Results in Week 6
It’s starting to sound like a broken record every week, but I love talking about it, Fernando Tatis Jr. is just a beast. Despite the team’s struggles, he had another good week and is now hitting .308 on the year with 11 home runs and 32 RBI.
Manny Machado had a pretty week and saw his average go up from .209 last week to .230 this week, and he also has 10 home runs on the season.
The Padres really need Tommy Pham to get going at the top of the lineup. He’s hitting just .248 with 4 home runs.
Second base remains a black hole on this team and needs to be fixed. Perhaps we’ll start talking about potential trade targets in June.
Zach Davies remains red hot in the pitching staff, while Chris Paddack took another step back. Garrett Richards had a good start this week but also suffered an injury that kept him out for a few days.
Overall, the team is 21-16, which I think most of us would have taken at this point in the season. But things are starting to go in a bad direction. The offense really needs to pick it up soon if we’re going to stay in this NL West race.