…and so is Fernando Tatís Jr.
Although Fernando Tatís Jr. had already made his season debut, his first at-bat on Saturday saw him launch his 2023 season. More accurately, he launched Merrill Kelly over deep left field for a 374-foot home run. It was the first one since his 80-game PED suspension and gave the Padres a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning.
Tatís Jr. also featured in the key moment of the game with Ha-Seong Kim’s base hit. It allowed both Tatís Jr., who Kelly had walked, and Juan Soto to score, and the RBI double produced the go-ahead run at 4-3. Despite an aggressive set of at-bats, with 11 strikes from 18 plate appearances, El Niño is back in the big leagues looking to crush pitchers.