San Diego Padres player who needs to be better in May: Manny Machado
Juan Soto getting off to as slow of a start as he has this season is definitely frustrating, but isn't the most shocking thing ever considering how mediocre he was as a Padre last season. Manny Machado struggling on the other hand, is not what I expected whatsoever.
After inking a long extension to remain a Padre for likely the rest of his career, Machado endured one of his worst months as a Padre.
Machado slashed .236/.280/.391 with four home runs and 11 RBI through April. Simply put, with the rest of the team injured and struggling, that's unacceptable from the guy who's supposed to be one of the leaders.
Machado's .671 OPS through the month of April was his third-worst mark of any month as a Padre, trailing only August of 2021 and August of 2019.
The Padres offense has been bad this season and the struggles of Machado and Soto have been the main causes. The Padres need their star third baseman to be the superstar he's always been since putting on the brown and gold.