Aside from Bogaerts, Juan Soto’s bat has been just as hot. The left fielder has gone 10-for-24 during the winning streak with three home runs, eight runs scored, and 12 RBI. He is slashing .417/.531/.833 and is seeing the ball very well at the plate.
He got going in Los Angeles on September 13 for Snell with a solo home run in the first inning, then brought his hot bat to Oakland. Sunday, in a 10-1 Padres rout to close out the series, he hit two home runs. In the seventh inning, he hit a long two-run home run to right field to give the Friars a 6-0 lead, then he capped off his big day one inning later when he launched a grand slam to right to close out the scoring.
Going into the offseason, it’s almost a guarantee that Soto’s name is going to come up in trade rumors, but what does San Diego GM A.J. Preller do with him? Does he move with a year remaining on his contract or does he keep him as a valuable piece for the 2024 season? After the season the Padres had, keeping him and running back with the key players locked for next season and go all-in for one more crack at winning. That’s the only way to get the memory of this season erased.
The Padres have something to play for this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals and ending the season as high of a note as they can will only help them go into next season with some newfound hope.