2 Padres players breaking out of early-season slumps, 1 who still has to turn it around

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The San Diego Padres are in a tough spot. After winning consecutive series against the Giants and Reds, the team has hit another skid. The inconsistency this team continues to show is maddening.

After taking two of three from Cincinnati to begin the month of May, the Padres lost two of three at home to the Dodgers, lost two of three in Minnesota, and then got swept in Los Angeles against those same Dodgers. Now, returning home against one of the worst teams in baseball, San Diego lost another series against the lowly Royals.

The Padres have shown inconsistency in the month of May, but have also had some players who really needed to bounce back have better months which have helped them at least tread water.

Padres outfielder Juan Soto is officially back

Welcome to San Diego, Juan Soto! The imposter disguised as Juan Soto for the first part of his Padres tenure is gone, and now we can enjoy one of the best players in baseball wearing a Padres uniform.

Juan Soto's Padres tenure got off to an underwhelming start after being acquired by San Diego at the trade deadline. He slashed .236/.388/.390 with six home runs and 16 RBI in the regular season, and slashed .239/.314/.413 with two home runs and seven RBI in 12 postseason games. He was drawing his walks, but this version of Soto wasn't what Padres fans were expecting.

Things didn't get any better to start this season. In his first 26 games this season, the young outfielder slashed .178/.339/.344 with four home runs and nine RBI. Again, he was drawing his walks, but wasn't hitting for much power and wasn't even hitting singles. This is a .285 career hitter we're talking about here!

Thankfully, the last 17 games from Soto has been more of what Padres fans expected. He's slashing .377/.507/.689 with three home runs and 11 RBI since April 27, and looks fully comfortable now in San Diego. He's still drawing his walks, but has found other ways to chip in offensively. The Padres have really needed it.

There're still some major inconsistencies and flaws with this team, but Soto being the Soto of old will go a long way. We just have to hope this isn't just a three week thing.