2 Padres players breaking out of early-season slumps, 1 who still has to turn it around
Padres third baseman Manny Machado still has to turn his season around
Did the Padres jump the gun on the Manny Machado extension? I don't think so, but it's very possible that he wouldn't opt-out now if these struggles continue. I don't know what has gotten into Machado, but he has to snap out of this season-long funk he's been in.
Machado endured one of the worst months of his career so far, as he had a .671 OPS in the month of April. He ended the month with a two home run game in Mexico City, so I thought the month of May might've been better. Turns out, it's been even worse.
Machado is slashing .217/.289/.326 with just one home run and eight RBI in 12 games this month. That is, to put it lightly, unacceptable from the superstar.
Machado has one hit in his last 20 at-bats without a home run. He has drawn two walks, but other than that, has been completely invisible.
In their huge series against the Dodgers, Machado went hitless in 11 at-bats. Facing a Dodgers team the Padres are trailing in the standings, Machado completely no-showed and watched his team get swept. To make matters worse, Machado was hit by a pitch in his first game following that series and hasn't played since. The Padres are hoping he avoids the Injured List but who knows at this point.
Will that hit-by-pitch spark him? Maybe. What I know is this version of Machado gets them nowhere. Machado hits second or third every night and has done mostly nothing all season. It has to change.