If there was ever a season in San Diego Padres franchise history with seismic expectations, 2023 would certainly qualify as such.
The team is sitting atop the NL West alongside the Arizona Diamondbacks in the early going, and while we don't expect the Snakes to continue along their current trajectory, the Padres are more than expected to maintain theirs.
So what have we learned about the Padres so far in 2023? Let's play two truths and a lie to find out.
Two truths and one lie about the San Diego Padres' 2023 season so far
Truth: The Padres have the best roster in the NL, if not in all of baseball
Pound for pound, there's no team with more talent across the board. Star players? You got them in the lineup (Bogaerts, Machado, Soto, Cronenworth) and on the mound (Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove (when healthy), Blake Snell, Josh Hader). Even their depth is impressive, with Ha-Seong Kim, Matt Carpenter, Nelson Cruz and Trent Grisham giving skipper Bob Melvin tons of options to mix and match on any given day. Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha have made quite the impression in the back end of San Diego's rotation as well.
This is all without having mentioned the impending return of Fernando Tatis Jr., from a PED suspension, which should be rather imminent, and the eventual comeback of star reliever Robert Suarez to bolster a solid bullpen.
The Padres haven't jumped out of the gate the way many expected, but rest assured, this roster is as good as any. You won't keep them down for long.