Padres' hit with untimely Manny Machado injury during embarrassing Angels sweep

It was a double-whammy in LA on Wednesday night.
San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado
San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado / Harry How/GettyImages

It's tough to decipher what's worse — losing All-Star infielder Manny Machado to injury or losing three straight games to the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Angels. Seeing as how Machado's injury is minor in nature, it's probably the embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Halos.

Not only was San Diego swept out of Angel Stadium by the Mike Trout-less Angels, but the Friars barely dented the plate throughout the entire three-game series. The Padres scored five runs in the three games against the Angels. This probably isn't the best time to bring this up, but LA's pitching staff ranks 27th in the league in ERA this season.

Padres embarrassingly swept by LA Angels, Manny Machado injured

The Angels have allowed 303 runs on the season. Only the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, and Miami Marlins have allowed more. All four of those teams have one thing in common this season — they're all in last place in their respective divisions.

And this series loss had nothing to do with the Padres' pitching. While the hurlers surely offered up some pitches they'd like to have back, this was a failure on the part of the Friars offense. The Angels averaged three runs per game during the series.

If San Diego's bats can't muster at least four runs per game against some of the worst pitching in the league, AJ Preller may want to abandon the idea of trading for Garrett Crochet and focus on trading for someone like Pete Alonso or Alex Bregman instead.

The Padres may definitely need to add an extra bat if Machado's injury is anything more that what's being initially reported. Machado was hustling down the first base line during the fourth inning of the Padres series finale against the Angels when he came up a little gingerly while attempting to beat out the throw.

Padres manager Mike Shildt said after the game that Machado was day-to-day with a mild right hip flexor strain. It's questionable as to whether or not Machado will be in the Padres starting lineup on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that trails the Friars by just 1.5 games in the NL West standings. None of what's transpired so far this week has been positive for San Diego.

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