San Diego Padres: 1 strength every NL West team has over the Padres

Washington Nationals v San Diego Padres
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Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith
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Los Angeles Dodgers have better power numbers in terms of home runs

So far this season, the Dodgers have clubbed 124 home runs, while the Padres have just 93. That may not seem too big, but a plus-31 for L.A. has them second to the Atlanta Braves.

Yes, being boom or bust is not what a team wants to be, but the lack of the long ball has hampered the Padres, a team that struggles for offense at an inconsistent rate. Fernando Tatis, Jr. leads the Friars with 15 and Juan Soto has 14. After that, no one else is over nine with Manny Machado at nine and Xander Bogaerts and Ha-Seong Kim each at eight.

Compared to the Dodgers, they have six players with 10 or more bombs with Mookie Betts leading the way with 19, followed by Max Muncy (18), J.D. Martinez (16), Freddie Freeman (14), Will Smith (12) and Chris Taylor (11). The Dodgers' best players come up with key hits and home runs while the Padres are not doing it right now.

This may not be a big deal to many people, but for a team in San Diego struggling to find consistent offense, using an extra long ball here or there can be a difference-maker. One thing that can get the Friars going in the second half is more offensive power from the long ball. Arizona only has 91 team home runs, but they are getting more from their pitching and creating more runs than the Padres right now.