In reality, the postseason dreams in 2023 for the San Diego Padres were gone in August. When the dust settles on the season on October 1 after their season finale in Chicago against the White Sox, the Friars will end the season as one of the season's biggest disappointments.
With a roster expected to not only compete this season, the Padres were also favorites in a lot of preseason predictions to win the National League West and make a deep postseason run. It didn't happen and San Diego is looking at the reality of a long winter before spring training begins next February for the 2024 season.
It would be easy for a team loaded with stars to playing out the string in a season full of disappointment, but that has not been the case for Padres in the last week. In fact, they have been some very good baseball and swept the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies after winning the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 12. Yes, you do have to consider the competition with the A's and Rockies. However, watching those games, you would never know that their playoff hopes have long been dashed.
3 San Diego Padres who have been a big part of the seven-game winning streak
Friday night, the Padres will open up their final series of the season at Petco Park when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town in a series that before the season started looked like it might be a series with plenty of playoff implications. Instead, the Friars will enter the series looking to extend their winning streak and they have these three players who have been a part of the recent streak.