The 2023 San Diego Padres were a team that should've been among the league leaders in runs scored after being an above-average offense last season and getting full seasons out of Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Juan Soto, but the offense and team in general just hasn't clicked at all.
The Friars find themselves with an unlikely path to the postseason, and it's mainly due to the ineptitude of the offense for much of the year. This star-studded team is unlikely to have anyone reach the 100+ RBI plateau, unless at least one of Soto, Tatis, or Manny Machado has a really strong finish.
When looking at Padres history, it's pretty rare for a Friar to reach that number. They've had a ton of talent, especially recently, but even a guy like Tatis Jr. hasn't hit 100 RBI in a season yet. He has hit 97 though. Let's look at the last five who have hit that number.
1) Last 5 Padres players with 100 RBI: Manny Machado, 2022 (102), 2021, (106)
Manny Machado signed his mega-deal to join the Padres entering the 2019 season. He had a good year in 2019, but only drove in 85 runs. The following year, of course, was shortened to 60 games, so nobody came close to 100 RBI. The next two seasons, however, saw Machado reach that big number.
He did it first in 2021, driving in 106 runs to lead that team. Machado had a fairly underwhelming season offensively compared to what fans had become accustomed to as his .836 OPS was a bit lower than Padres fans expected, but he hit 28 home runs and 31 doubles while driving in 106 runs. That mark was just one RBI shy of his career-high which he set in 2018 when he split time with the Orioles and Dodgers.
Machado hit .344 with runners in scoring position that year which really helped him out. He had a 1.094 OPS in some situations, putting him as one of the most clutch hitters in the game that season.
Machado backed it up with another impressive run-producing year in 2022. Once again he led the team in RBI with 102, slashing .298/.366/.531 with 32 home runs in the process. Machado was unbelievable from start to finish, and finished as the MVP runner-up. He wasn't quite as dominant with RISP that season, but he still hit .319 in those spots with a .998 OPS.
This season, Machado got off to a horrid start which put himself and his team in an early hole. He's played well for a couple months now and has 74 RBI on the year. He'll have a shot at 100+ RBI for a third straight year, but will have to finish strong.