Video of newest Padres’ reliever Taylor Rogers trolling his brother, Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers, goes viral after Opening Day trade
The San Diego Padres made a last-minute trade with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and it inadvertently kicked their division rivalry with the San Francisco Giants into high gear.
When the Padres acquired Taylor Roger on Opening Day, they brought him into the NL West, where his twin brother Tyler also pitches. Their nearly-identical names and faces certainly won’t make this confusing at all!
Taylor was drafted by the Orioles in the 37th round in 2009, but didn’t sign. Fittingly, the Twins took the twin in the 11th round of the 2012 draft. and he made his debut on April 14, 2016. He’s coming off an All-Star season in which he posted a 3.35 ERA over 40 games, including finishing 15 and earning nine saves.
The Giants drafted Tyler in the 10th round of the 2013 draft, and he made his debut on August 27, 2019. He’s led the NL in games in both of the last two seasons; in 2021, he posted a 2.22 ERA over a whopping 80 appearances.
Since Tyler came into the league in 2019, the two brothers have pitched almost the same number of games and innings. Taylor strikes out more batters, Tyler allows fewer runs. Most eerie, Taylor has issued 23 walks over this span; Tyler has issued 22. Must be a twin thing.
Last year, the Padres finished 79-83, while the Giants led the division with a franchise-record 107 wins, finally toppling the Dodgers, who had won the West every year since 2013. In their season series, the Giants bested the Padres 11-8 and outscored them 92-76.
Hopefully, Taylor can limit some of those Giants runs this season, and we get more of this content all year long.